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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Enjoyable historical romance

    <P>In 1893, Henry Owen surprises everyone by courting overweight Anne Foster. Unbeknownst to the naive young lady, Henry plans to marry her so he can obtain his inheritance three years earlier than if he stayed single. Henry is obsessed with saving Sea Cliff, a family home overlooking Newport that New England storms are destroying by eroding the ground the building stands on. Henry marries Anne, leaves her on their wedding day, and divorces her three weeks later. Anne realizes he courted and married her for his money. <P>Two years later, Anne returns, but is now a beautiful young lady. She plans to avenge the affront Henry did to her by ruining him as he did her since polite society snubs her for being a divorcee. However, her plan to make him fall in love with her goes astray when she returns the feelings. <P>THE PERFECT WIFE is a humorous romp that brings to life the fashionable 400 that led society during the ¿Gay Nineties¿. The story line is fun though the dramatic change in Anne¿s appearance seems stretched. The lead couple provides charming interplay while the support cast adds depth to how the elite thought. This tale is an enjoyable Americana romance. <P>Harriet Klausner

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