To Marry an Earl was a delightful Regency tale of an arranged marriage between two people who years earlier had been friends. There were strained and hurt feelings to overcome and a heroine whose emotions had been damaged so much by the actions of her father, that she was scared to allow herself to love. Add in a hint of mystery and danger and the tension was just right.
I really liked both James and Kate and especially enjoyed their time spent getting to know each other again. It was clear that James was already very much in love with Kate. Their time together was very sweet and I liked watching them fall in love. Both of these characters did make some decisions a few times that did not make much sense to me. Clear communication could have solved some misunderstandings, yet all ended beautifully. I also enjoyed the wonderful epilogue.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Katherine Cartwright knows through bitter experience that true love is fiction and trust should not be bestowed easily. Now, after two unsuccessful London Seasons, her atrocious father has decided to marry her off to the highest bidder to pay for his gambling debts, ridding himself of the daughter he never wanted. A profitable deal is struck, and Kate is packed off to the home of her betrothed, an earl she has never met. Or so she believes.
When James Fenwick, the new Earl of Bowcott, learns that the girl he’s loved since childhood is being sold off like chattel, he’s determined to step in and save her. He makes an offer her father cannot refuse and insists on a proper engagement. But when Kate meets James again, her old friend cannot bring himself to admit it is him whom she is to marry. Soon, an intricate charade and a past that cannot be escaped jeopardize James’s chance at rekindling their friendship, to say nothing of winning Kate’s heart. Can love truly conquer all, or was this a match doomed
from the start?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karen Thornell grew up reading when she should have been sleeping, but it wasn’t until 2019 that she started writing. Tired of ending books and saying ‘goodbye’ to beloved characters, she wondered what it would be like to have her own characters that lived in her head always. It was probably a mark of sleep deprivation that she wanted people living in her head, but the idea was planted regardless.
Karen lives in Utah with her husband and kids. When not writing contemporary or regency romance, she spends her free time doing endless loads of laundry, playing board games, and, yes, talking to those characters in her head.