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Book Cover for When the Marquess Met His Match Guhrke, Laura Lee
When the Marquess Met His Match

Lady Belinda Featherstone is an American living in Victorian London. Married at the age of seventeen to a handsome but impoverished British earl, she was swept away by romance and promises. Her youthful expectations and illusions were soon shattered, however, when her husband continued to dally with his mistresses and cavort around England, leaving her behind. Throwing herself into London society, she becomes a respectable (and secretly wealthy) widow helping wealthy Americans navigate London society and find successful matches to titled British aristocrats. When Nicholas Stirling, the dissolute Marquess of Trubridge, asks for her assistance in finding him a wife after his father cuts him off, she instantly resists because his unabashed fortune-hunting motives and rakish reputation painfully remind her of her late husband and her once broken heart. But as Belinda gets to know Nicholas, she finds there’s much more behind his façade, and that the rumors surrounding him just might not be true. For his part, Nicholas has spent his entire life defying his father at every turn, turning his own life upside down in the process. Belinda confronts his reputation and actions, shaming him into changing his life. When Nicholas confesses an attraction to her, Belinda is forced to reexamine her assumptions and wonder, might she be the perfect wife for him after all? Beautifully and elegantly written, poignant, and witty, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. This is the first book in a new series by Guhrke, who writes elegant historical romances set in Victorian and Edwardian England. Charming, funny, and entertaining, this would be a good pick for fans of Downton Abbey.
Recommended February 2014