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STEEPLECHASE
BLAIR BANCROFT
ISBN#: 9781419916007
September 2008
Cerridwen Press
www.cerridwenpress.com
E-book
$5.95
159 Pages
Historical Romance/Regency
Rating: 4 Cups

Lady Sarah Ainsworth may not be a diamond like her sister Amalie, but she is definitely an original and determined to enjoy her first season in London. She is not ready to marry yet.

Harlan, Viscount Davenham, is a handsome and popular man about town. He is everything every young bachelor wants to be. He is determined to enjoy his bachelor lifestyle for a few years yet.

In order to inherit his Aunt Portia’s fortune, Harlan must get married. He is determined to make a marriage of convenience, but none of the available ladies are at all convenient. That is, until his best friend suggests he marry his little sister Sarah. Sarah is a good sport, but she has had a tendre for Harlan for years and is determined not to be ignored. Harlan is definitely not getting the invisible wife he thought he wanted, but someone infinitely more interesting.

I had a great time reading this very engrossing and often funny Regency Romance. The two main characters grew up a lot during the course of the story. Most of the problems seemed to be Harlan’s fault. In his quest for more money, he either ignores Sarah or treats her like a child. Gradually he gets to know her as a person, since she is determined to get his attention at all costs. Some of her pranks are hysterically funny and others are touching. She has great intentions and a lot of heart. The subplot of her friend Esmeralda’s introduction to the Ton adds a dimension to the story not often found in this genre. The author is very well versed with the era and its environs from London to Brighton, and the people and customs as well. This is the kind of Regency that I love to read.

Maura
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