A country-bred girl, Charity Barlow always intended to marry for love like her parents. She suddenly finds herself married to a marquess, her new husband an aloof stranger determined to keep his thoughts and feelings to himself. She and Lord Robert have … see full wiki
Nicely researched and sweetly romantic, with plenty of period detail and pleasing characters, Maggi Andersen’s The Reluctant Marquess pits recently orphaned Charity against her godfather’s spoiled nephew, a new Marquess struggling to cope with his rather odd inheritance. Forced into an arranged marriage, the two strive to deny their growing affections. Circumstances conspire, somewhat predictably, against them, but each character proves both wise and honest in their different ways, and the reader remains convinced that love will win through. The countryside, towns and events of the 1700s are well-described, creating a vivid backdrop to a romance that starts in Cornwall and wends its way through London and the ton. But perhaps it all really started with a near-drowning in a boat race on Cambridge's shallow river. From French maid to philandering nobleman to highway robbery, the story’s got its fair share of action, pleasing side-characters, and the usual theme of a woman hoping against hope to marry for love. It’s an enjoyable quick read, with careful discretion eventually yielding to surprisingly detailed and sensual lovemaking on the final pages.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to spot this when it was free.