Wed A Stranger
is my first foray into Ms. Layton's novels. She has a marvelous
style of writing.
Annabelle Wylde has taken the plunge into matrimony. Her choice
of grooms is not her own, but at the age of seven and twenty she
is running out of choices and time. Her track record for getting
a man and keeping him has made her the laughing stock of London
society, but she plans on making her peers eat their words. Her
marriage might not be a love match, but her new status as Lady Pelham
will put a stop to the vicious remarks tarnishing her reputation.
Croft's title of Viscount of Pelham carries responsibilities he
can't handle alone. He really had not planned on marrying, but his
duties to his family can't be ignored. His choice of a bride is
strictly a business proposition, or so he tells himself. Annabelle
holds no attraction for him except as a means to launch his sister
into her first season and to help his mother and brother find their
own way into the sometimes-cruel society he lives in.
Annabelle becomes ill, both she and Miles discover that what you
see is not necessarily what you get. Miles discovers a woman with
a heart, and Annabelle discovers that marriage is not as bad as
she thought it would be.
Layton layers her work with conflict, suspense and romantic love
that leaps off the pages she cleverly pens.