Ms. Boyle's latest was a fun story but if the reader has not read the previous book "It Takes A Hero" they may come away slightly confused. Is this a reason to overlook this read? Good heaven's NO! This was a fun read with a very different storyline that works. Really.
Alexander Denford is Baron of Sedgwick and his family...alright really his grandmere has been after him to marry. Well, he comes by his lack or rather desire to marry naturally. All the former Baron's have put off that nasty task until the very last minute. One night when at his wits end and a few brandies to boot he and his best friend come up with the brilliant idea to...create a wife. Enter Emmaline. Emmaline is perfect. She is not into society, lets her husband live life as he will and keeps her spending down. She also faithfully writes Grandmere. Did I mention she is a figment of Alex's imagination? Or at least she was until he receives bills and the tabloids become alive with the doings of Lady S. What's a man to do when his fake bride becomes all too real? Go to London and confront the lady of course. Alex has no idea what he's in for but the reality of Emmaline is NOT it! She is everything opposite of what he dreamed her up to be. She is sassy, strong, and capable. She's also a mystery. Now faced with a real wife he must make things right. Can there be a happy ending for these two people?
Emmaline and Alex are fun protaganist. This story may not be the usual boy meets girl story but Ms. Boyle has made it entertaining. Perhaps because this is a fun storyline to draw the reader in. When you combine the extended family, the fictional family, and servants that want to matchmake you know your in for a real treat. Ms. Boyle is a fun and talented author and one that I highly recommend.