- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zebra Books (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821774131
- ISBN-13: 978-0821774137
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,276,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Keene first unorthodox glimpse of his cousin, after many years absence, is of her drawers as she attempts to crawl out a window to escape yet another match making ploy. Such exploits seem to characterize her high spirits. Not that Sophie has anything against marriage; certainly any escape from her very restrictive parental home would be preferable to her staid country existence. She longs to travel to London and dance, attend the opera, and live the life she was born to. Accepting Keene's proposal comes easily; establishing a happy marriage amidst well meaning machinations and misunderstandings proves to be an extraordinary challenge.
A playful romp with potentially emotionally devastating undertones, THE WEDDING DUEL by Karen L. King is a must read for regency romance fans. Sophie's high spirits and innocence result in a fresh, charming heroine. Her lack of knowledge of city manners provides in a number of fun escapades that fly in the face of convention. Her character strengths also prove to be her weaknesses when she does not understand how her own words, not to mention her well-meaning parents, lay a trap that she neither suspects or understands. Keene's concern with issues of loyalty and fidelity likewise become his greatest strengths as well as his greatest weaknesses. While their misunderstandings become somewhat protracted, wonderful secondary characters keep the pace moving along nicely, resulting in a highly entertaining read.
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