ROMANCE

Four Weddings and a Sixpence

& others. Avon. Jan. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780062428424. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062428493. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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When four boarding school roommates find an old sixpence hidden in one of their mattresses, they make a pact that each will use it in turn as a lucky charm to find true love and the perfect husband. As adults, they know this was all in fun—until it begins to work! Quinn's brief prolog, "Something Old," beautifully sets the stage for the four novellas that follow. A young woman who must wed before she turns 21 accepts the aid of a rakehell duke in finding a worthy husband and winds up with the duke instead in Stefanie Sloane's "Something New"; a desperate young woman begs her childhood friend to pretend temporarily to be her fiancé in order to stop her meddling aunts' matchmaking attempts in Elizabeth Boyle's "Something Borrowed"; a government investigation and the theft of the sixpence cause problems for the disillusioned heroine in Laura Lee Guhrke's "Something Blue"; and a science-oriented heroine who's never believed in the coin's power learns otherwise when she connects with an especially intriguing physics scholar in Quinn's "…and a Sixpence in Her Shoe."
VERDICT A clever premise, inventive situations, and witty repartee make this sexy anthology the perfect romantic read for those cold midwinter nights. Favorite historical authors Quinn, Sloane, Boyle, and Guhrke all live in the Pacific Northwest.

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