ROMANCE

The Earl Takes a Fancy

Avon. (Sins for all Seasons, Bk. 5). Apr. 2020. 400p. ISBN 9780062951908. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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As the youngest of the Trewlove siblings, Fancy Trewlove knows her family’s hopes rest on her marrying nobility and raising her family’s status. Even so, she prefers tending her bookstore and teaching local adults how to read. She doesn’t count on falling for her new neighbor, the mysterious and handsome Matthew Sommersby. Fancy little suspects that he’s actually the Earl of Rosemont, in hiding after his late wife pens a letter to the editor extolling his many virtues, which sets debutantes’ hearts a fluttering—despite it all being a lie. Fancy thinks the earl is exactly the sort of aristocrat she should marry, but she’s falling hard and fast for the more “common” Matthew, especially when he agrees to help teach her adult reading class. Having been duped into marriage for his title once, Matthew is loathe to do so again, and keeps his identity well hidden from Fancy, whom he quite adores.
VERDICT After a somewhat shaky beginning, Heath (The Duchess in His Bed) manages to flesh out her characters enough to add another enjoyable, emotional chapter to the Trewlove saga.

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