Married in haste, would she spend a lifetime repenting at leisure!
Why, oh, why, would Lord Melbrooke, England's dashing poet laureate, marry a raucous imp with little dowry and less social position? Only Lynden, his seventeen-year-old bride, and her fretting family knew the truth. For the arrogant aristocrat had compromised the girl (or so said an archly ambitious aunt), and nothing short of matrimony would stop the scandal.
People reminisce about Laura London (aka Sharon & Tom Curtis) as one of the great romance authors of "her" time. Since her highly praised novel the Windflower is deemed a classic by many, I decided to go back and read some of her other works. Moonlight Mist was my first venture into Laura London. The heroine, Lynden, is very sheltered and juvenile 17 year old girl who is forced into marriage after she is caught in a situation that appears compromising but is actually innocent. Lord Melbrooke, the hero, is a sensitive poet who not only agrees to marry Lynden to save her reputation but also takes in her twin sister to make her happy. There is little interaction between Lynden and Melbrooke throughout the book as she is mostly avoiding him and getting into mischief with her sister. The book didn't really show Lynden's character mature or develop the relationship between her and Melbrooke because a majority of the book was spent on the sisters' adventures. Moonlight Mist definitely showed potential and was well written; however, the story just didn't grab me. In my opinion, it would have been more successful as a romance had it been longer to allow for more character and relationship development and/or focused less on the sisters relationship and more on the romantic one.