Lady Margaret Ponsby has had her eye on her neighbor, the
Earl of Finchley, for years but she's far too shy to speak
to him. The earl, John Beauclerc, never even noticed her; he
was too busy sowing his wild oats. When his grandmother
insists that he marry, he concocts a scheme that ends with
his unexpected and unplanned marriage to the gently-bred
girl next door.
COUNTESS BY COINCIDENCE is a sweet Regency romance. In Lady Margaret,
author Cheryl Bolen gives us the ultimate demure
heroine. She can barely think of words to say when she's
faced with the man she's admired from afar for years. If
she wants to stay married to the man of her dreams, she must
find a way to keep him from dissolving their union so she'll
have a chance to win his heart.
This is a simple story of two people finding their way in a
marriage neither of them expected. Bolen shows us the little
ways Margaret endears herself to John, some intentional,
some not. John surprises himself as much as he does
Margaret, as he slowly comes to realize what she can bring
to his life.
I recommend COUNTESS BY COINCIDENCE for readers who enjoy
Regency romances, particularly arranged marriages, where the
focus is solely on the love story.
To extricate himself from financial difficulties, John
Beauclerc, the Earl of Finchley, concocts a scheme to marry
a stranger who's answered his advertisement.
He'll show his grandmother! That ladyâ€™s withholding money
until he can demonstrate more maturity and less scandalous
behavior. At six and twenty, the last thing he wants is to
settle down. He goes to the church at St. George's Hanover
Square to wed Miss Margaret Ponsby of Windsor, send her on
her way with Â£100, and continue to pursue wine, women and
faro with his fun-seeking friends.
After the ceremony, he realizes he's married the wrong
woman. Miss Margaret Ponsby of Windsor obviously thought the
wedding was to occur at St. George's Chapel in Windsor. Lady
Margaret Ponsby was at St. George's in London. How can he
extricate himself from this wretched marriageâ€”a marriage
over which his grandmother is ecstatic? If only Lady
Margaret Ponsby weren't so shy.
When the lanky young (though most disreputable) earl she's
worshipped from afar for as long as she could remember asks
her to move to the church's altar with him, she's powerless
to decline. Even after a wedding ceremony begins, she still
remains mute. She must be standing in for Lord Finchley's
true bride. But once she realizes she really is married to
Lord Finchley, she determines to do everything in her power
to make this a dream marriage. Even if it means imitating
her clever, talkative sister.