Colonol Lord Aiden Bedwyn has returned to England from a battle in France to inform a fallen comrade's sister of his death. Aiden promised to protect his fallen friend's sister, Eve Morris. Upon arriving at her home, Ringwood Manor, Aiden is informed by Eve that she does not need his protection.
Aiden, stranded at Ringwood due to rainstorms, finds out that Eve is about to be turned out of her home. Eve was to inherit Ringwood only if she married a year after her father's death, otherwise the property would revert to her brother. Upon her brother's death, though, her odious cousin will inherit, and in with only one week left for Eve to marry, he plans on turning Eve out.
Aiden proposes a marriage of convenience to Eve, to fulfill his vow and allowing her to save her dependents. Eve and Aiden travel to London to inform Aiden's brother, the Duke of Bewcastle, of their upcoming marriage. In the process of showing society that their marriage is real, the two find that they each privately wish that is it was so, but neither have the courage to face their love.
This report prepared by Angel Manners
Dell, Apr 2003, 5.99, 368 pp.
In 1814 on a battlefield in France, a dying Captain Percival Morris calls in a life debt earned two years earlier when he saved Colonel Aiden Bedwyn's life. In his final breath he obtains a promise from Aiden to protect his sister no matter the personal cost.
About a month later, Aiden visits Percy's sister Eve informing her of the heroic death of her brother and that he asked him to protect her. Eve is in shock because she always expected to see the smiling Percy come home soon. She also knows that Ringwood Manor, her beloved home to her “family”, will belong to someone else unless she marries rather quickly. Honor is Aiden's middle name so he proposes they marry as a business deal, but neither expected that the matchmaking death wish of a cherished individual would lead to love.
A spin off to A SUMMER TO REMEMBER, SLIGHTLY MARRIED is an entertaining Regency romance that sounds on the surface like a googol of other sub-genre novels. Although the plot device has been used often, the tale is a light-hearted romantic story that starts with Eve and Aiden mourning, converts into a business relationship, before finally evolving into love. Readers observe the delightful metamorphous of the lead couple even as the secondary cast (her “family”) provides amusement and depth to a warm story that sticks to its theme.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner