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Following merrily on the heels of her debut, What an Earl Wants, Shirley Karr dives back into the land of the Sinclair family with this charming and adventurous novel. It follows Tony Sinclair at a career crossroads -- and his decision to become a rake.
The time is 1816, on the English coast in Dorset, where a young widow, Sylvia Montgomery, has determined to rescue her village from ruin by engaging in smuggling. Tony, after five years of playing the dutiful younger son, has determined to break loose; a walking tour with a friend includes a stop in Dorset. There the canny villagers see him as an opportunity -- to enlist him as Sylvia's fake husband, so she can fend off the overtures of the lecherous captain. But instead of seducing a string of women, Tony finds himself helping Sylvia in her smuggling ring, nailing down a new roof, and altogether falling in love. Ginger Curwen