Signet, Apr 2002, 5.99, 352 pp.
Though he knows he is not the cause of Rye Vale's ruin, George Carstairs realizes he is as responsible as the Baron and understands that an infusion of a large sum of money is needed to save the estate. Since he has none, George tried to find a wealthy social climber to marry, but his reputation as a rake left him with only rejections as he has squandered his only asset, his title.
When a desperate George first meets Olivia Fairfax, he thinks she is a maid. When he learns that she is a rich heiress running a school for orphans, he decides she is perfect though she rejects any notion of marriage. As he courts her with his wit and surprisingly shows how much he cares for her charges, they fall in love. However, what will happen when he learns she has no fortune.
THE FORTUNE HUNTER is a pleasant Regency romance that fans will delight in due to the charming antics of the lead couple though the basic premise is a fixture of the sub-genre. The story line is fun to read as the rake and the do-gooder exchange witty barbs even as they fall in love. Along with the strong cast, the vivid descriptions of the period blended into the plot show the strength of Diane Farr to provide her audience with a delightful novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner