by Donna Simpson

November 2001
ISBN: 0-8217-7040-3
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Mass Market Paperback

I REALLY hate to do this, but I found this book to be boring. I really couldn’t get “into” it. When I read a book, I usually get so wrapped up that a bomb could go off beside me and I wouldn’t even know it!

Arabella Swinley has to marry for money. That is, if she doesn't want to spend the rest of her life wearing mended, outdated gowns. Then Arabella meets a man she can't stop thinking about - the only problem is, Marcus Westhaven is as penniless as she is.

There was just no pizzazz to it. The characters, Arabella and Marcus, were too bland. They had their moments when I thought they were going to break out of their shells, but they never did. And worse, Arabella never did become the “belle of the ball”.

Although Arabella’s mother was there to show why Arabella must marry a man with money, she was one character that I could have done without. On the other hand, I’d like to find out what happened to Arabella’s friend, Miss Eveleen O’Clannahan, who is probably the most interesting character in the whole story! Does she end up with Captain Harris? Did she leave London because she was pregnant? I’d like to find out!

The hero of the story, Marcus Westhaven, could have been a VERY interesting character - IF the author had written more about him, that is. He wasn’t as wrapped in a cocoon as Arabella, but he never really “emerged” either. When Arabella and Marcus were together, things were pretty exciting and the last couple of chapters were actually enjoyable. Too bad the rest wasn’t as interesting.

Reviewed in April 2002 by Dorraine.

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