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Library JournalSoliman’s latest (the first in her “Forsters” series) is a solid if not groundbreaking Regency historical. Sisters Leah and Bethany Elliot have been forced into near-poverty following the death of their parents. After illness further decimates their finances, Leah jumps at the chance to leave London for less expensive country living in their uncle’s gatehouse. Yet Leah still hopes to make enough money selling society gossip to a newspaper to be able to finance some kind of future for Bethany. She thinks she’s hit the mother lode with Hal Forster, Marquess of Denby. Leah suspects that Hal is somehow involved in the mysterious goings-on at the local tavern. If she can find out what he’s up to, it just may be her sought-after payday. What she doesn’t count on is the instant attraction she feels for the mysterious marquess.
Verdict Soliman occasionally zigged when this reviewer thought she would zag, but this is, for the most part, a standard wallpaper historical. Readers of Victoria Alexander’s and Suzanne Enoch’s titles will enjoy it.—Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.