FICTION

Lady Claire Is All That

Avon. (Keeping up with the Cavendishes, Bk. 3). Jan. 2017. 365p. ISBN 9780062386786. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062386809. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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OrangeReviewStarNow that his fiancée has run off with an actor, Lord Fox is suffering from Wounded Male Pride, so he takes up his friend Mowbray's wager that he can turn the standoffish Lady Claire Cavendish into the darling of the ton. Lady Claire keeps swains at bay by staring at them through her spectacles and reciting mathematical principles. It seems to be working, too, though her aunt, the Duchess of Durham, is set on the three Cavendish sisters marrying well and their brother, James, assuming the dukedom he reluctantly inherited and for which the Maryland horse farm-raised siblings traveled to England. The bet will pose a challenge for Fox, as he rarely understands a word Lady Claire utters. The clever Lady Claire cannot comprehend this sudden interest from the dim Lord Fox, but he does show her there is more to life than calculus.
VERDICT Rodale (Lady Bridget's Diary; Chasing Lady Amelia) has created a delightful heroine in the brainy yet passionate Lady Claire, who seems to have found her soulmate in a man who makes her feel safe while freely acknowledging that he is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Opposites can and do attract. Highly recommended for all collections.

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