Wolf once again works Regency magic in this marriage-of-convenience tale involving the a wealthy merchant's granddaughter and a Duke in great need of money. Even though she knows she is being bartered for an aristocratic title, Sarah Patterson acquiesces to the marriage proposal from the duke of Cheviot because he has consented to allow her to paint, and promised her access to great art. As a talented woman artist, it is the only way she can pursue her passion. Falling in love against all expectations, the couple is threatened by a murderous plot perpetrated by someone who seems bent on killing or maiming Sarah and placing the blame on the duke. Prolific Wolf, author of The Deception (1996), among others, has created a cast of convincing and likable characters, and blended it with some suspense and a believable romance.
Grand Central Publishing