THE NOTORIOUS BRIDEGROOM
ISBN #: 978-0-4201-0846-0
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
Rating: 4 Cups
Since the death of her parents, Patience has been taking care of her four brothers. Since the death of her fiancé, she sees this as her future, giving up on getting married and having a family of her own.
Bryce, Lord Londringham, was known as the “Black Ghost” when he was a spy for the Crown. He is determined to find the French spy threatening his country and is sure that Rupert Manderley is not his culprit.
When Patience Manderley’s brother Rupert is suspected of being a French spy and a murderer, she quickly travels to Winchelsea to find him and poses as a maid to get more information. She is certain that her employer, Lord Londringham, is the true traitor at first, until the two fall in love. Danger stalks Patience, however, and now Bryce must protect her as well as search for the real traitor.
This is a well written historical romance with wonderful and eccentric characters set in a turbulent time in British history. The author makes good use of this throughout the story and has an excellent grasp of the time period and the customs of Regency society. Patience is a gutsy and intelligent character, but she is a bit naïve. Bryce is world weary and wounded in the service of his country and family, a perfect hero. Other than the two of them I would have to say my favorites are the bumbling would-be criminals that keep popping up in the story first as smugglers, then highwaymen, and finally grave robbers. They unintentionally save the day and provide comic relief at the same time. The spy will be easy for the reader to deduct, but the mystery is only a subplot in this very good historical romance.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More