ROMANCE

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband: A Bridgertons Prequel

Avon. Jun. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780062388179. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062388186. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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When her father dies, Cecilia Harcourt is left without viable options—dismissing out of hand a distasteful marriage to a greedy cousin. Her brother, Thomas, has been wounded in the war in America, so she heads across the pond to help him. But instead of finding Thomas in the hospital, she comes upon his fellow officer Edward Rokesby, in a coma. Deciding she'll give him aid until her brother appears, Cecilia is allowed to step in—but only after claiming to be Edward's wife. The situation proves even more problematic when it turns out that Edward has lost his memory and believes they are actually wed.
VERDICT Funny, spicy, and fast-paced, this spirited Bridgertons prequel is sure to be a fan-pleaser and may gain Quinn some new devotees as well. Quinn (Because of Miss Bridgerton) lives in the Pacific Northwest. [See "Summer Escapes," LJ 5/15/17, p. 78.]

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