ROMANCE

The Trouble with True Love

Avon. (Dear Lady Truelove, Bk. 2). Feb. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780062469878. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062469885. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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OrangeReviewStarWith her sister extending her honeymoon and her brother staying in America to deal with his newly unearthed silver mine, shy, conventional Clara Deverill finds herself temporarily in charge of her family's newspaper and forced to fill in for her sister as the Weekly Gazette's advice columnist, the anonymous Lady Truelove. The only problem is that Clara knows nothing about the subject—until she overhears a handsome rake giving appalling romantic advice to a friend and she decides to use the column to warn the anonymous lady against it. Her plan succeeds only too well. When an angry Viscount Galbraith storms into her office, she makes him an offer that he eventually accepts—but with a few conditions. An idealistic, marriage-minded heroine and a cynical, marriage-averse hero struggle in vain against an attraction neither had seen coming and both know will never work—or will it?
VERDICT Engaging prose, witty barbs, and sigh-worthy sensuality make this humorous Victorian charmer an excellent addition to Guhrke's series and a most diverting read. Guhrke (The Truth About Love and Dukes) lives in the Northwest.

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