Leaving the chapel in London’s 19th century Thames’ side where she teaches the alphabet to a raggle-taggle of urchins, Mariah Fox is charged by a stray pig. The quick intervention of Tobias Longreach saves her from certain injury. Mariah has always believed her destiny to be teaching. After the early death of her mother, she was brought up by her papa, Jerome, to believe that she could learn anything a boy could. She shares his vision of a future in which everyone, rich or poor, boy or girl, will be taught at least the rudiments of reading, writing, and counting.
Tobias was brought up a second son, but following his elder brother’s premature death, inherits an Earldom and the need to provide it with an heir. He comes to believe that Mariah will make a perfect countess and enrolls her papa’s help in securing her hand.
However, Sir Lucas Wellwood, whose debts have made him urge his sister to attempt to trap Tobias into marriage, has sinister intentions. Mariah suspects Wellwood has been mistreating his sister and she heads off impetuously to rescue her. Will Tobias and his friends reach Wellwood’s home before he can exact revenge on Mariah?
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Praise for Stenhouse’s works:
“This is the first historical romance I’ve read by a native Scottish author, but it won’t be the last. I found the dialogue to be absolutely marvelous because it was clear and concise, and at times witty and sarcastic. Ms. Stenhouse’s excellent descriptive style also enabled me to know exactly what was going on in the minds of the heroine and hero.” 5 stars For Bella’s Betrothal
“Doesn't it give you a thrill to see 'London 1822' at the beginning of a book? You know you're about to be transported back to the elegant Regency era.” 5 stars for Mariah’s Marriage
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sweet and clean read. He needed to marry and when she fell into his arms, literally, he set his betrothal in motion. Very fast paced, but not without a villian to throw a wrench in the wedding plans. 152 pages
Mrs. Stenhouse admits to loving words and this, her first novel, shows just how much. She tends to choose the most archane language, even using the less usual definition of some of her choices. The love of words also shows in the length of her sentences. At times it was possible to skip pages due to the rambling. Our hero takes many unusual, even untoward, actions that show a distinct lack of concern for the heroine's reputation. Lifting her bodily in his arms when she trips? Couldn't he steady her from falling without such very personal contact? He takes her alone to the dark garden at a gathering knowing the consequences to her reputation. Is this the way to secure her agreement to marry him? Is this the way to show her his deep love? For a man raised as a gentleman, even the younger son, such behavior does him no credit. As loathsome as the villian is he is honest in his intentions. Hopefully, when Mrs. Stenhouse writes her next novel she will be less verbose and have a stronger plot. Three stars because it had promise and was clean. Thank you, Mrs. Stenhouse.