Avon, Nov 2002, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1855 after years searching for antiquities in Egypt, English Earl Marcus Longfellow returns home following the tragic sudden death of his eighteen year old sister Christine. Stunned and feeling guilty for not being there for Christine, Marcus vows to learn the truth while he ponders the note he received from her last year announcing her betrothal to a viscount.
Marcus starts his inquiries with the person who found the corpse, lacy confectioner Mary Marsh. Marcus quickly realizes that Christine confided much more than she should have in the working class lass. However, Marcus obtains Mary's cooperation to assist him in learning what really happened to his sister as he realizes the lingerie maker cared for Christine. As the Earl and the undergarment clothier work together, they fall in love, but she harbors a secret that added to their obvious class differences, and his obsession with his sibling's death that makes it impossible for anything permanent.
The sequel to SOMEONE IRRESISTIBLE stars the sister of the first novel's heroine. The story line of WHEN IT'S PERFECT parallels that of the prequel, but includes an amateur sleuth investigation containing a twist that adds fun to the tale. The story line is enjoyable due to the antics of the lead couple though the all's well ending that both claims seems stretched when a beloved lies still underground. Still fans will relish Adele Ashworth's wonderful Victorian romance that provides a second look at the mid nineteenth century dinosaur craze.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner