For light romance reading. Set in 19th England this is a humorous story about a young earl trying to escape an entanglement of society women seeking to marry him for his title and wealth. To escape three women claiming to be his betrothed, and all which he has no interest in, he travels to the English countryside. His escape is actually a mission to fulfill a promise made to his father on his deathbed. At that time the dying elder Earl pleaded with him to try to find his very young half-sister who disappeared after a tragic coach accident that killed the Earl's young wife. The trip proves to be quite an adventure filled with many funny characters including a crazy aunt who talks to the dead and a wild goose named Wellesey.
Another delightfully witty book, the first in her House of Cards trilogy, by Barbara Metzger!
1st book in her House of Cards trilogy... Ace matches wits with bright
Nell whose delicate beauty piques his interest. Sparks fly and passion flares ! Full of fun and laughter.
My first by Metzger, but definitely not the latest. Ace is a sexy, endearing hero...
Wonderful imperfect people in love. Such sweet and wonderful characters. I can't wait to read the next one!
A wonderful beginning to this new series. Brilliant characterization, witty and charming dialogue. Great!
First in The House of Cards Trilogy
This is a delightful trio of stories (see the list below). You will laugh out loud with the antics in this story. It is just plain fun. The hero in this outing is almost an anti-hero. Ace, an earl, is shaking the dust of London to get away from the three women he is engaged to (at the same time). He makes a point of running away from unpleasant problems.
Alex (Ace) and his brother, Jack, were given a quest by their dying father. Earlier, there was a carriage accident that claimed his second wife and all hands in the conveyance. However, the baby Lottie (Charlotte) Endicott disappeared -- without a trace. The old earl was convinced that the child still lived and begged his sons to continue the search for their half-sister.
Ace decides that this would be a great time to search for Lottie. To that end, he goes to the place his step-mother was visiting at the time of her death. As he arrives at the Ambeaux Cottage, he finds that the brother entrusted with the care if his manor (and its tenants) has been stealing, draining the value from Ace's minor estate.
There, Ace meets the sister, Nell, a lovely spinster, under the thumb of her older brother. Nell is an interesting character; her best friend is a goose, Wellsley. The goose is rather protective of Nell and attacks those he feels have gotten too forward. When the goose attacks Ace and his horse, he winds up with a head wound, broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder. While Ace is trying to get well, Fiancee #1 arrives, planning to snare the earl at last.
The house also holds the old aunt, who has regular conversations with the dead. Ace has a wonderful valet who adds much to the comical goings-on. As you can see, there are plenty of zany characters to keep the story going. Be sure to read these books in order.
House of Cards Trilogy
1. Ace of Hearts (2005)
2. Jack of Clubs (2006)
3. Queen of Diamonds (2006)
England, circa 1816. Alexander "Ace" Endicott, Earl of Carde, after sowing his oats as a wild buck, decides to seek a bride who will beget him heirs. Suddenly he is miraculously engaged to three desperate females through no fault of his own. He actually runs away from London, escaping the three young women, as he decides to follow through with his deceased father's dying wish: find his long-lost half-sister. His search is detoured and leads him to Eleanor.........
This is a well-told romance; humorous, with likeable characters.
Alexander "Ace" Endicott, Earl of Carde, needs a woman who will beget him heirs to the earldom. But never did Ace imagine himself to be thrice betrothed against his will by the doings of three desperate femals. So Ace does what any respectable earl would do-he folds.
Escaping the comforts of London, Ace journeys north and follows through with his deceased father's last wish. He and his bother, Jack, promised to find their long-lost stepsister. But he draws a wild card when his search takes a detour and leads him to Nell, whoes delicate beauty piques his interest. And when Nell returns his affection, the situation becomes more than either wagered for. Now Ace may have to reconsider his rejection of marriage and see if two mismatched lovers can make a winning pair.