I am extremely grateful that Sourcebooks, Inc has re-released Katie Macalister's books. There are some that show their age. Katie Macalister infuses humor with well developed characters that make the books timeless.
Harry, the Marquis of Rosse is in desperate need of a wife for his five "wild things". He posts an ad in the local paper for a wife.
Lady Frederica Pelham, better known as Plum is almost broke and needs a husband to support her and her niece, Thom. Plum was married when she was younger, but the man was already married. He was banished to the continent and his family supported him as long as he stayed there. Plum could not make a good marriage after that disaster so she used her several weeks of marital bliss to write "Guide to Connubial Calisthenics" under the pen name of Vyvian LaBlue. After almost being mauled by the local blacksmith, Plum makes up her mind to respond to Harry's ad.
After six hours, Harry has run out of applicants when Plum arrives as they are leaving. There is an instant attraction between Harry and Plum.
Between the antics of Harry's children, the "Guide", the over romantic butler and Plum's plotting, this book was one of the funniest, well written books I have read. The characters were well well developed and likeable. I am waiting for a romance between Plum's niece, Thom, and Nicholas Britton, Harry's godson.
Again, a wonderful book from Katie Macalister.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher.