Fortune's Lady

Fortune's Lady

by Evelyn Richardson
     
 

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Lady Althea Beauchamp, called the Ice Princess by the ton, doesn't expect to like Gareth de Vere, Marquess of Harwood, before they meet. Nor does Gareth, named the Bachelor Marquess for his aversion to marriage, expect any meeting of minds between them. But they both have a passion for games of chance and both are hectored by their mothers to marry. So perhaps there's

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Lady Althea Beauchamp, called the Ice Princess by the ton, doesn't expect to like Gareth de Vere, Marquess of Harwood, before they meet. Nor does Gareth, named the Bachelor Marquess for his aversion to marriage, expect any meeting of minds between them. But they both have a passion for games of chance and both are hectored by their mothers to marry. So perhaps there's something . . . Regency Romance by Evelyn Richardson; originally published by Signet

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Seasoned author Richardson (Lord Harry's Daughter) once again portrays a chaste but realistic relationship between intelligent, equally matched protagonists in this breezy Regency-era read. Gareth de Vere, the Marquess of Harwood, is dubbed The Bachelor Marquess due to his aversion to the wedded state. Lady Althea Beauchamp, called the "incomparable of incomparables" and The Ice Princess, is equally reluctant to marry even though her beauty and her father's vast fortune have made her the catch of the season. Prior to their first meeting, Althea and Gareth form negative opinions of each other based upon the tales of the gossipmongers, but they quickly overcome their antipathy for one another when they discover a mutual passion games of chance. Gareth further warms toward her when he realizes that her encroaching mother is much like his own marriage-minded mother. The primary difference between them is that Althea is dependent upon her parents until Gareth gives her the opportunity to win back her cousin's estate and her independence. Richardson weaves a genteel tale that is more talk than action but appealing all the same. Although her prose is occasionally marred by an abrupt shift in point of view, this temperate romance will charm readers with its atmospheric setting and full-bodied characters. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
It's dislike at first sight when beautiful, aloof Lady Althea Beauchamp and the cynical bachelor Marquess Gareth de Vere exchange glances across the crowded room at Lady St. John's fashionable rout; but when maternal ambition engineers their "official" meeting over a game of cards, they are surprised to find themselves reconsidering their original and superficial assessments of each other. Sharp-witted, perceptive, and chafing under family expectations, Althea and Gareth are wary kindred spirits; but it takes an accident, a broken leg, and a bit of well-meaning meddling to make them realize this and then do something about it. Beautifully defined, exceptionally appealing protagonists, interesting, well-drawn secondary characters, and a refreshingly uncomplicated plot laced with wit and unexpected dashes of wry humor combine in an especially well-done, heartwarming, and captivating romance. Librarian Richardson, a veteran writer of meticulously researched Regencies (Lord Harry's Daughter), lives in Massachusetts. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610846714
Publisher:
Belgrave House
Publication date:
03/01/2002
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
545 KB

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