Widow Deborah Stratton needs a temporary fiancé to keep her father from forcing her to return home or marrying her to her cousin. Lord Richard Kestrel, sees a chance to win the fascinating woman hes since his disastrous offer the year before to make her his mistress.
In this second entry in her Bluestocking Brides trilogy, Nicola Cornick delivers another charming tale of love and intrigue in early 19th Century Suffolk. Richard is a spy, and soon he and Deb are caught up in they mystery of identifying the traitor in the Midwinter Villages, while Deb battles her desire for Richard, certain the secret she hides makes her unworthy to remarry.
Ms. Cornick's books are always an enjoyable read, and this one is no different from her delightful characters, believable setting, and page-turning pacing to the clever subplots running through the series. Without overwhelming minutiae, the author recreates the period and its society through small details and language. The romance itself is lovely the conflict is believable, and true to the period.Very highly recommended for those who love Georgian period romance.
© Teresa Eckford, 2006
This review first appeared in the February 2006 issue of The Historical Novels Review