MARRIAGE WAS A BUSINESS ARRANGMENT, CERTAINLY NO PLACE FOR LOVE...
Logical planning had been the key to success in all Lord Maxwell Kampford's ventures, and marriage would be no exception. Too cynical to be taken in by mere beauty, he simply needed to locate a young lady with the proper credentials, and he would have the perfect fiance.
In the meantime, he must contrive to find a husband for his ward, Miss Amity Fraser. She, along with her menagerie of orphaned animals, her clutter of flowers, books, and - God save him - livestock in his basement, had turned his quiet bachelor existence into a shambles.
The sooner he married her off the better - a proposition that caused him less joy than he should have imagined.
Maxwell becomes Amity's ward when he's only 19 and she's 11. He's appalled by the gawky, accident-prone child and his new responsibilities, so he leaves her at her estate with her servants, leaving instructions for her care with his man of business. Ten years have passed and Maxwell has quite forgotten he has a ward until his man of business reminds him that it's time he find her a husband. Expecting the worst, he sends for Amity, arranging for his soon-to-be fiance, Honoria, to help give her social advice. Of course, Amity turns out to be much lovelier than Max could have ever expected and prone to falling into one escapade after another because of her big heart. Max's prospective fiance tries to make Amity look bad. What follows is a funny romp with Max learning that love is not logical and that a big heart can more than make up for a lack of social graces.
I very mucy enjoy this book. It's lighthearted and a good read for an afternoon. It's been on my keeper shelf for a bit but I finally decided to share it.