by Rebecca Hagan Lee

April 2005
ISBN: 0-425-20194-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Rebecca Hagan Lee brings us the next book in her Free Fellows League series.

Meet Daniel, ninth Duke of Sussex. Daniel has big plans for his life, and they donít include marriage. As a member of the Free Fellows League, he has sworn to remain a bachelor until such time as he has become one of Englandís greatest war heroes. Unfortunately, all of his dreams come to a halt when he is injured during a mission.

Enter Miranda, Lady St. Germaine, better known as societyís perpetual bridesmaid, who agrees to let Daniel recuperate in one of her fatherís private homes, which only a select few know about. But soon, the ton is all abuzz with gossip about the possible whereabouts of the Duke of Sussex and Lady St. Germaine. Neither has been seen since the dowager Duchessís ball, and now thereís a rumor that Miranda has taken on a secret lover.

Realizing that his presence in Mirandaís home has compromised her reputation, Daniel goes against his better judgment and offers marriage, but Miranda will have nothing to do with a marriage of convenience even though deep in her heart she would give anything to become Danielís wife. Unbeknown to Daniel, she has been in love with him since they were children. How can Daniel ever convince Miranda that his proposal is true and that his love for her is real and not merely a duty of responsibility?

Truly a Wife is by far the best of the Free Fellows books. About 90% of the story takes place at Mirandaís secret home, and the two people we see the most are Daniel and Miranda. These two have known each other since they were children. They have both loved each other, without the other knowing, and now that the opportunity to Ďtell allí is here, neither knows how to go about doing something about it. Two more stubborn people you have yet to meet. When they finally fall to their passion, it fairly burns the pages. Ms. Hagan Lee has a talent for writing love scenes that makes the reader melt.

Rebecca Hagan Lee brings us another regency historical that is sure to find a place on your keeper shelf.

Reviewed in April 2005 by Debbie.

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