TO SIN WITH A STRANGER
November 25, 2008
Avon Books (Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Rating: 5 Cups
Sterling Sinclair, the Marquess of Blackburn, and his siblings, are cast out by their father, until they are deemed worthy of respect to return home. Now it is up to Sterling to make sure they do not grow hungry. When introduced to the lovely Isobel, the prizefighter may have met his match.
Isobel Carington has no interest in any Sinclair. After Sterling politely cast her aside when she asks for money for her charity, for widows and orphans, she is not happy. Then she learns of the wager for ten thousand pounds concerning their engagement by the end of the Season.
Sterling and his siblings have been titled the Seven Deadly Sins because of their selfish behavior and antics. To get back into his father's good graces, Sterling prizefights to help care for his siblings. Isobel wishes to acquire money for the Wenton Inn for widows and orphans. The cause is very important to her but she feels Sterling could care less. After hearing she must wed Sterling by the end of the Season, she informs her father she would rather raise pigs. Her father is tired of her antics, and unless she complies with the terms, she might be doing such. Shocked, Isobel tries to find a way to love a man she despises, even though Sterling and Isobel find themselves in a situation hard to control.
To Sin with a Stranger is a stupendous tale. I could not help but fall in love with Sterling. He is sympathetic, and caring in his own way, and just made my heart leap with joy with all his good deeds. The way he and Isobel spring into action is beautifully told, and this reader could go back, and read it again, and feel even more love for them. This story is so rich I hated to say good-bye. The siblings and friends sketched in the storyline make it more powerful. Extraordinary and rare, these unforgettable characters, and the whole ambience uplifts the heart. Kathryn Caskie crafts an engaging tale, and a family of siblings, still spinning in my head. I will never forget the moment when Isobel says she has but one thing to give Sterling, and his comment just swept me away. This gem of a read is priceless.
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