The Bride Insists

Sourcebooks Casablanca. Mar. 2014. 355p. ISBN 9781402285691. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781402285707. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
After six years of working as a governess following the deaths of her brother and then her parents, Clare Greenough is overwhelmed at the inheritance from a great-uncle. She would no longer be under the thumb of an employer, and if she marries, as the bequest demands, she would no longer have to answer to her miserable cousin Simon. Yet marrying would put Clare instead under the thumb of her husband. What she needs is a mate who is in want of funds and in return will sign over to her the financial reins. James Boleigh, Baron Trehearth, is at the end of his rope as to how to save his estate from creditors and ruin. When his adviser suggests that he marry Clare, Jamie signs her dratted documents, but he expects that Clare eventually will relinquish the running of the finances to him. Clare and her newly hired "friend" Selina Newton arrive at Trehearth after the wedding and are confronted by a huge dog and Jamie's ten-year-old twin sisters, whom Jamie "conveniently" forgot to mention. What happens when a marriage of convenience becomes inconvenient?
VERDICT Ashford (Once Again a Bride) establishes a union made for all the wrong reasons until trust and love can set things to rights. Alternating perspectives from paragraph to paragraph keeps the characters' responses immediate, while highlighting Jamie's growing dependence on drink makes the story topical as well as heartbreaking. And who van resist those hoydenish twins? For all historical romance fans.
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