Leisure, Jul 2004, 6.99
Forty-something widow Marques Harry Haversham decides he needs a wife to help him raise his five unruly children, but feels too old to enter the marriage mart and besides he does not want to suffer the torture of the Ton. Instead of soirees and balls, he places an advertisement in the paper. To his shock, he receives numerous candidates from all types of life, shapes, and age. He chooses the thirty-third interviewee, “Plum” Pelham as his spouse.
After they marry, Plum learns that Harry is a marques, something he conveniently hid from her. He also concealed the five kids he expects her to nurture. Though taken aback, Plum adapts because she has a secret too. Two decades ago, she married only to learn her spouse was a polygamist; her family blamed and disowned her. However, her past surfaces when her first “spouse” tries to blackmail her, but even worse someone is trying to hurt the children. Plum will do anything to protect Harry and the kids and he feels likewise.
This is a terrific Regency romance starring two delightful forty plus protagonists. The secondary characters propel the tale as the children add comic relief until the accidents occur and her “ex” provides a bit of intrigue along with the person causing the accidents, who could be the polygamist though Plum doubts that. Readers will enjoy this fabulous historical starring two middle age heroes.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner