July 17, 2012
The Kiss of A Stranger, by Sarah M. Eden
Okay, so I have to tell you-I rarely read romance books. Why? Because I have so many things I want to do with my time and I feel--sorry ladies, romance novels are a bit frivolous,*cough-cough*. With that said, I have heard rave reviews about LDS author, Sarah M. Eden who writes regency romance novels full of wit and charm. And I succumbed....*shrugs shoulders*. Last week I read, The Kiss of A Stranger, Sarah's second novel. I found it delightfully entertaining with well-developed characters and was pleasantly surprised at the touch of suspense. I will be reading more of Sarah's books!
From the back cover: When Crispin, Lord Cavratt, thoroughly and scandalously kisses a serving woman in the garden of a country inn, he assumes the encounter will be of no consequence. But he could be more mistaken--the maid is not only a lady of birth, she's the niece of a very large, exceptionally angry gentleman, who claims Crispin has compromised his niece beyond redemption. The dismayed young lord has no choice but to marry Miss Catherine Thorndale, who lacks both money and refinement and assumes all men are as vicious as her guardian uncle.
Trapped between an unwanted marriage and a hasty annulment, which would leave his reputation tainted and Catherine's utterly ruined, Crispin begins guiding his wife's transformation from a socially petrified country girl to a lady of society. Their unfolding relationship reveals encouraging surprises for both of them, and privately each of them wonders if theirs may become a true marriage of the heart. But their hopes are dashed when forces conspire to split asunder what fate has granted. As a battle of wits escalates into a life-threatening confrontation, will it be possible for Crispin and Catherine to live happily ever after?