Guy Kimbalton wants a wife - but doesn't want anyone who'll make any sort of demands on him; he wants to keep his carefree lifestyle. A friend recommends his sister, and so the deal is done. But Harriet is not quite what Guy was expecting....
Harriet is a delightful heroine who is determined to make the best of her new home and new husband, even though Guy doesn't want to be made the best of! Oliver also makes good use of an entertaining cast of supporting characters, including Guy's brother (who really deserved his own book) and his mistress, who turns out to have an interesting connection to Harriet!
Great regency style, clever plot, twists and dialogue; likable characters. Not too many people to keep track of, thank you very much. I like the way the author leads us into the next scene at the end of a chapter. Yet, the start of the next chapter is a quick one paragraph re-do of the scene BUT from the other character's view point. Would pay the credit and re-read.
Lady Harriet Egerton had reaon to be shocked when the devastatingly handsome Earl of Kimbalton, Giles Montage, asked her to wed. He frankly admitted that love played no part in his proposal. All he wanted of her was the good sense to leave him free to pursue pleasure beyond the marriage bed. (From the back cover)
While neither the hero/heroine are members/relations of the Seven Corinthians, two of the Corinthians, the Marquess of Monroyal, and Hon Willy Hampton both make appearances in the book. It was a marriage of convenience for them both. Giles wanted a wife he could leave in the country while he continued his dalliance with his mistress, and she just wanted a home of her own where she could cultivate her garden, and she wanted children too. As she cultivated the Earl's ancestral home from a foreboding castle to a home, she also began to change the Earl's feelings too.
Horrible book. I threw it away and I have never done that before. The heroine is friends with her husband's mistress. Too weird.