ROMANCE

The Bride Says No

Avon. (Brides of Wishmore, Bk. 1). Feb. 2014. 371p. ISBN 9780062219251. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062219268. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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A public jilting is more than wealthy, arrogant Blake Stephens can stand. When his fiancée, Lady Tara Davidson, flees to Scotland three days before the wedding, Blake sets off to bring her back. But although Tara eventually agrees to the marriage (even though she secretly loves another), it's not Tara who ends up capturing his heart but Tara's divorced and disgraced older sister, Lady Aileen. Aileen fascinates Blake as no other woman has before, creating a dilemma he'd never envisioned. A delightful supporting cast, solid Regency country detail, and insightful character development just add to the fun.
VERDICT With humor, grace, and a breezy, refreshing style, Maxwell puts a spirited spin on a classic plot that is guaranteed to please her fans. Maxwell (The Devil's Heart) lives in Virginia.

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