Signet, Oct 2002, 6.50, 352 pp.
After her mother died Lilah Chadwick and her father Sir Horace became very close having no secrets between them. She assumes she is the only “woman” for her dad until she learns he is marrying a “harpy” whom she knows obviously bullied him into wedlock. Lilah plans to stop her father from foolishly wedding this trickster in a relationship she assumes he neither needs nor wants.
Earl Adam Harleston is appalled to learn his cousin is marrying an older gentleman when he himself has plans to wed Eugenia. He will stop this nefarious act by rescuing his cousin and stop this womanizing seducer from ruining Eugenia's life.
Due to misfortune or perhaps a Cupid like kismet, Adam and Lilah meet in their respective mad dashes to London. However, instead of halting Horace and Eugenia, Adam and Lilah have a new problem to confront. They are falling in love.
DUEL OF HEARTS is a madcap Regency romantic romp that never takes itself seriously (to the delight of the audience) as Diane Farr relocates those crazy 1930s movies into an amusing quite pleasing historical tale. The story line focuses on the plans of Lilah and Adam going astray as their own hearts take the duo on a detour away from what they started to accomplish. Sub-genre fans will laugh a lot at this charming novel that surely stars K. Hepburn.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner