by Lynsay Sands

October 2005
ISBN: 0-8439-5499-X
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Mass Market Paperback

Medieval England

Home from the Crusades, and done with fighting, Sir Paen de Gerville wants two things in his well-ordered life, to collect his betrothed and live out the remainder of his life in peace. Was it too much to hope for that his intended Lady Avelyn Straughton would be beautiful, have plenty of lush curves, and a nice full bosom for him to rest his weary head on? What luck, when Paen gets his first real look, taste, and feel of Avelyn! Aside from the calamity of Avelynís trying to hide her true voluptuous form in bindings during their wedding, and then passing out in Paen's arms after a very passionate kiss, Paen is pleased to see her true body is exactly what he had been hoping for. Avelyn possesses all those qualities he had wanted and there is the added bonus of her special sweetness, despite the years of mental torture she has sustained from her three obnoxious cousins who took special delight in teasing Avelyn and making her think she was nothing but fat and ugly. Now all Paen has to do is survive Avelynís cursed clumsiness, which he attributes to her low self-esteem. If he can just make Avelyn see her worth, she could be The Perfect Wife!

A fun-filled, laugh out loud, medieval romp that you will remember long after you have put it down. The Perfect Wife is for all those not-so-perfect women who through media conditioning have been led to think that only Barbie doll beauty is worthy of a handsome knightís love. Paen is an amazing hero who does everything in his power to show Avelyn that she is beautiful despite a little meat on her bones. Hooray for Lynsay Sands for recognizing that heroines should come in all shapes and sizes, The Perfect Wife is the perfect romance tale!

Reviewed in November 2005 by Bonnie.

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