By Sarah M. Eden
Covenant Communications, 2011. 280 pgs. Romance
Adam Boyce, the Duke of Kielder, has no intention of marrying, nor does he seem a likely candidate for marriage. Despite his title and his fortune, his sour disposition, not to mention his disfigured face, make him less than the ideal potential suitor, or so he believes. However, his immensely dislikes the man set to inherit if he doesn't produce an heir, so Adam extends an offer of marriage to Persephone Lancaster, even though he's never seen her and doesn't even know her last name. What he does know is that she is impoverished and that if he's willing to support her younger siblings, she just might be willing to marry him. She does consent, and Adam, expecting a dour old maid, is astonished to find himself attached to a pretty young woman. Neither quite knows what to expect from their marriage, but as Persephone tries to be a good woman, Adam comes to realize that perhaps his pretty young wife is exactly what he needed.
I quite enjoyed this light-hearted romance. My one quibble was that Adam said he was marrying for an heir but then goes nowhere near Persephone. While that does make for a clean romance, I didn't feel that his abrupt change of plans was explained quite well enough. That's probably a flaw that most readers will be willing to overlook, though, and fans of historical romance won't be disappointed.