Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Spinster Bride - Jane Goodger

Lady Marjorie Penwhistle is determined to stay unwed so she can look after her unique brother.  Her mother wants her to marry a man with a title.  She is managing to escape her mother's demands until her brother, George, loses at cards to Charles Norris.  When Charles realizes that George is unique, he demands payment by having Marjorie find a bride for him.  Charles wants to fall in love and get married, but every season he falls in love with that Season's loveliest debutante and is crushed when she marries another man.  Marjorie is out of Charles's reach so he enjoys her company and slowly falls in love with him.  At the same time, Marjorie is battling her attraction to Charles.  If they can only convince her mother that they are an appropriate match.

I got so engrossed in this novel that I hated each time that I had to put it down.  Marjorie was a strong character that the reader felt empathy toward when her mother refuses to let her marry Charles and threatens her brother.  Charles was quite the hero and a great match for Marjorie.  There was humor in the book.  I also liked that there was an air of intrigue regarding what happened to Marjorie's mother when she was younger and the flashbacks were a great way of establishing this.

This is one of those novels that I will reread over and over.

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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