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Publisher: Avon / HarperCollins
Release Date:  March 2003
ISBN: 0-06-050217-7 
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Genre: Historical Romance [England Regency Era] 
Reviewed: 2003
Reviewer: Faith V. Smith 
Reviewer Notes:  Some sexual content

To Wed A Stranger
By Edith Layton 

     This is my first foray into Ms. Layton's novels. She has a marvelous style of writing.

     Lady 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.

     Miles 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.

      When 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.

      Ms. Layton layers her work with conflict, suspense and romantic love that leaps off the pages she cleverly pens.