Charles Wycombe literally fell (out of a tree) into Ellie's mundane life. In a queer mood, he had climbed up his childhood tree but certainly sober enough to realise the Miss in name was a beautiful lass with a sharp tongue and an equally sharp wit. It seemed sensible to propose marriage at their first encounter because Charles had to marry by his 30th birthday or lose his entire fortune, thanks to his meddling father. Ellie was not amused by what she thought a cruel jest for a spinster but the charming stranger was serious. She began to critically consider the queer proposal after a run in with Mrs Foxglove, her future stepmother.
She agreed to this marriage of convenience. Charles was rather persuasive in his seduction tactics (including writing outrageous courting lists), way beyond the simple need of begetting an heir. It was easy to fall for him but at every turn, someone sabotaged all Ellie's endeavours of settling in. The oven caught fire, her stew was overly salty, her rosebush died etc, etc. When Charles treated her like an imbecile (a cute one), disregarding her attempts at explanation, she felt rejected.
This report prepared by Sharren Khoo
Charles Wycombe, despairing over his need to find a wife, gets drunk and climbs a tree, which leads him to falling on the local parson's daughter, Ellie Lyndon. Charles must marry in fifteen days or lose his inheritance. Meanwhile Ellie is being forced out of her home by a new stepmother, so after the two talk, Charles proposes a marriage of convience for them.
Ellie accepts the proposal, but from that moment on out their is a slew of accidents that befall both of them. First a jealous cousin tries to humilate Ellie, then later we learn of a more covert enemy who rears his head later in the book. Throughout all the excitement, Ellie and Charles get to know each other better, and find that their passion for each turns their marriage of convience into love, only both find trouble admitting that to each other.
This report prepared by Angel Manners
Ellie does not know what to think when the famed rake Charles Wycombe falls out of a tree at her feet, and later has the audacity to propose a marriage of convenience between them. However, Ellie reconsiders when she realizes that any possibility for future happiness may depend upon it. Ellie and Charles have prospered financially from their marriage, but will that be enough to hold them together when strange accidents begin to happen? Ellie knows she is not responsible, but then who? After a second "accident" in the kitchen, she finds out that Claire, Charles' niece, has been jealous of Ellie and wanted Charles to herself. Just when everyone in the household makes peace, more accidents begin to occur. Can Ellie determine who is behind them before Charles' and Ellie's future is forever taken away from them?
This report prepared by Terese Sexton
This is the sequel to Everything and the Moon, dealing with the younger sister Eleanor Lyndon and her accidental husband, Charles Wycombe. When they're forced together because of Eleanor's evil step-mother, they attempt to make the best of a strange and sudden situation. A fully engaging romp dealing with family and learning how to face your challenges, Brighter than the Sun will make you believe that true love helps you through everything.
This report prepared by Meredith Griffin