Lord William finally meets his match in the latest Summersby Tale from Sophie Barnes, author of How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back.Lucy Blackwell is desperate, reckless, and maybe a little bit crazy. That's the only possible explanation for tricking a man she doesn't know into a dance, a kiss, and an engagement all in the middle of the biggest ball of the year! But Lord William Summersby is the final piece of her grand plan, and she'll do what it takes to make this marriage of convenience work as long as it's convenient for her. She just never counted on falling in love . . .
William Summersby has resigned himself to marrying a woman he doesn't love until a beautiful, clever lady sweeps in and changes his life forever. The mysterious Lucinda Blackwell has manipulated William into marriage in hopes of bringing justice for her murdered family. What starts as a tense and mistrustful relationship soon blooms into a steamy romance. What Lucy and William don't know is that her parents' murderer has found Lucy and has no intention of waiting for her to find him. Who was behind the slaughter of Lucy's family? Will William and Lucy find out before it's too late? Verdict The plot of this third installment in Barnes's "Summersby" series is well paced, with just the right mix of suspense and romance. The alternating flirtation and antagonism between our protagonists tease the reader. With a few changes in setting, the author adds interest with descriptions of exotic Constantinople amid the lovely English settings. All in all, a good book for fans of Jane Austen who seek a bit more steam in their stories.-Sonnet Ireland, Univ. of New Orleans Lib. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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November 20, 2012
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