I'm not usually a fan of farces, especially in a Regency, but this book is absolutlely delightful. Very subtle, written with such finesse, you're pulled in to Josephine's escapades and smiling long before you realize just how silly she is. It's the Duke of Mitford that really makes the story, though. Not the typical duke in most insipid, stupid romances: He is small in stature, unassuming, and a bit unsure of himself--so endearing! A terrific book, another absolute winner from Mary Balogh.
Josephine Middleton has no desire to be wed to the lustful libertine the Duke of Mitford. However, she meets more than one villain in her attempt to run away from the marriage. When she is rescued by Paul Villiers, an accomodating stranger, passion stirs its unwelcome head.