About To Marry an Earl
Katherine Cartwright knows through bitter experience that true love is fiction and trust should not be bestowed easily. Now, after two unsuccessful London Seasons, her atrocious father has decided to marry her off to the highest bidder to pay for his gambling debts, ridding himself of the daughter he never wanted. A profitable deal is struck, and Kate is packed off to the home of her betrothed, an earl she has never met. Or so she believes.
When James Fenwick, the new Earl of Bowcott, learns that the girl he’s loved since childhood is being sold off like chattel, he’s determined to step in and save her. He makes an offer her father cannot refuse and insists on a proper engagement. But when Kate meets James again, her old friend cannot bring himself to admit it is him whom she is to marry. Soon, an intricate charade and a past that cannot be escaped jeopardize James’s chance at rekindling their friendship, to say nothing of winning Kate’s heart. Can love truly conquer all, or was this a match doomed from the start?
Karen Thornell knows how to write a great romance book! I loved this one. Her characters were fabulous. The setting was great. And her plot…wow!
I loved Katherine. She’s the type of girl who has a backbone. And it kills her that her mother doesn’t. Her father is terrible. And Kate has learned that she needs to be in control of her future, not him. But she also needs to learn to trust others. I loved the way Kate grows through out this book. She starts out untrusting of pretty much everyone around her, but she learns that that kind of life is no way to truly live.
And James. I loved his character. The way he rescued Kate when she had no idea she needed or wanted to be rescued was one of my favorite things. But he did lie to her for a really long time about who he was or wasn’t. He is a true gentleman, the type all of the ladies would have swooned over in that day. So, so great!
The plot of this one is not what you normally see when you read these types of books. There is a bit of mystery involved. And that was the best part. I loved how no one had figured out who the culprit was before it was revealed!
This is such a great book! I can’t wait for this author’s next book.
I was sent a copy of To Marry an Earl as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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