Mary Balogh: The Temporary Wife/A Promise of Spring
The Temporary Wife
Miss Charity Duncan has no illusions about Lord Anthony Earheart’s proposal. The arrogant aristocrat has made it painfully clear what he wants: a wife who will enrage the father he despises and then disappear from his life. In exchange, Charity’s family will receive the money they desperately need. But after Charity agrees to this mockery of matrimony, she soon discovers a startling fact: She has fallen for Anthony, and breaking their marriage vows may also break her heart.
A Promise of Spring
Grace Howard has every reason to be devoted to Sir Peregrine Lampman. After all, the gallant gentleman rescued her from poverty by making her his bride. Even more nobly, he did not withdraw his affection after she confessed to a youthful folly that had compromised her virtue. But Grace did not tell the whole truth about the handsome lord who betrayed her – and now the one thing she’s kept from Perry threatens to destroy her last chance at true love.
(back cover of Dell 2012 edition)
Another two-in-one. The trouble is, I already read The Temporary Wife in July, on my way home from Finncon, and have no notes on it. And, as it goes with these light books, I have very little recollection of it, except that things got cute towards the end.
A Promise of Spring has lots of qualities that recommend it to me. First of all, the heroine is a full ten years older than the hero. Theirs is a marriage of convenience, but there is affection from the beginning. She’s had an illegitimate child years ago, and he still wishes to marry her after finding out about it. (Not spoilers, these! This all happens in the beginning!) But there’s a part of her story that’s a lie, a seemingly small lie, that then consumes them both and prevents their happiness. Absolutely delightful – but the ending is lame and disappointed me.
Published: 1997/1990 Signet
So really, only one Romance, but I wanted to keep it separate. I sort of hope I will have more time to read Romance in the near future, but could happen I won’t. Would like to get some Heyer read though…