Fleeing from the cruelty of their grandfather, Prudence Merridew and her younger sisters travel to London in the hope that one of them can contract a marriage and save the rest from their grandfather's tyranny. However, their Great Uncle Oswald won't hear of the younger 'beautiful' sisters having a come-out until 'plain' Prudence is at least betrothed.
Hence Prudence claims to be betrothed to the Duke of Dinstable, a renowned hermit. Unfortunately for her, the Duke has come to town and Great Uncle Oswald is determined to confront him. In her panic to prevent this Prudence travels to the Duke's house and seeks his help. However it's not the Duke she meets but his cousin Gideon Carradice a charmer and a rake who she mistakes for the Duke .......
Prepare yourself for the funniest scene i have ever read in a historical novel! I laughed out loud several times. I can't recommend this novel highly enough. The humour and romance continues throughout the book with equally amusing secondary characters that you want to meet again. Prudence is beautiful, but totally unaware of it, which leads to a number of amusing misunderstandings and you can't help falling in love with Gideon Carradice who is both funny, caring and charming.
This is the first novel by Anne Gracie that i have read but i now intend to read all the rest. This is my new favourite romance book and if all the rest of her books are like this one then Anne Gracie will, i'm sure, become my new favourite author!!!
I so enjoyed this book that it made me want to write my first review so that others could enjoy the book too.