Bantam, Mar 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1883 Scotland, Jack Kent would rather be at sea than sit in the hot church awaiting the arrival of the wealthy American bride marrying the elderly groom with a title. Finally after what seems an eternity, he steps outside for some air only to see the runaway bride tumble out a window. Amelia Bedford first tries to take his coach and then offers money for its use, but Jack rejects both. He was going to do nothing to abet her escape until Amelia's pleas about helpless imprisonment reminds him of his own past so he enables her to flee from her fate.
Though he wants to go to Inverness before setting out for sea, Jack feels responsible for Amelia. He agrees to take her to her betrothed Lord Percy Baring in London. On the way they fall in love, but folks who want to control Amelia's money thwart the couple's path to happiness.
Fans of Victorian romances will gain much pleasure from the delightful THE WEDDING ESCAPE. Though the story line reads similar to a recent bevy of tales focused on American heiresses seeking English titles, the lead couple serves as the key to the freshness of the plot. Readers will appreciate the shared commonality that Jack and Amelia almost obsess over, as both desperately need personal freedom to thrive.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner