by Diane Perkins

October 2005
ISBN: 0-446-61438-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

New author, Diane Perkins brings us another delightful tale with a romp through Regency England.

In order to avoid an unwanted marriage, Emma Chambers has agreed to wed Spenser Keenan, a handsome soldier who promises to give her his name and his home, but says nothing of his heart. After she and Spence marry, he leaves for war, leaving her to fend for herself and to take care of his estate and all those who depend on it for their livelihood. Unfortunately, her husband seems to think that she can do everything on little or nothing as far as money, and so she lives each day worrying about how to keep the estate a float and food in their bellies. And also wondering when her good-for-nothing husband will return, and explain himself...that is after she beats him senseless!

Spencer Keenan has finally come home, more dead than alive after a duel over cards, to find that the shy young girl that he had saved from an unwanted marriage, has turned into a beautiful, intelligent woman, who would like nothing better than to wish him to perdition and back, but what he doesn’t understand is why. When he left for the war, he made certain that she would be provided enough funds to keep the estate running and food on the table and clothes to wear. What happened to all of his carefully laid plans? Something had gone terribly wrong and he needs to find out who is behind this and fast, or his beautiful wife will surely finish him off as the duelist's bullet has failed to do.

Ms. Perkins writes with passion and wit and her characters are full of life and love. Emma and Spencer are like two ships that pass in the night, only to be brought together again some years later to discover what they had truly missed out on. They share passion, a history, but most of all love, but it takes a lot of turmoil and trust for them to realize what is before their very eyes. This is sure to be a wonderful addition to your historical collection.

Happy reading!!

Reviewed in October 2005 by Debbie.

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