Avon, Sep 2002, 5.99, 384 pp.
By 1878 the Huntington estate is rapidly deteriorating. The Earl Devon Sheridan needs cash fast and decides visiting Texan Georgina Pierce, daughter of a wealthy former Civil War blockade runner, fits the bill or at least her money does. His friend Montgomery, based on first hand knowledge, warns him that marriage to a Fortune, Texas woman is different, as these ladies are independent. Ignoring the caution, Devon pursues Georgina.
To meet her dad's expectations, Georgina agrees to marry Devon though he is a widower with two children. They share a passionate first night, but her father dies just afterward and they learn she inherits nothing. Devon feels he has been conned by the Americans though he reluctantly admits to himself she brings love and joy into his home. Georgina wants a real marriage with her Earl that includes mothering his two children as well as future kids, but the latter requires a cooperation from an irate aristocrat.
Though similar in characterizations especially the lead couple with the previous tales in this series, TO MARRY AN HEIRESS is an irresistible Victorian romance. The novel enthralls the reader as the outspoken Texan is determined to make her connubiality work while helping raise his children. Meanwhile her immovable spouse tries to resist the irresistible force of love she emits so well written sub-genre fans will feel fortunate to have read the latest entry.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner