The Pretenders Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1999
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Although Deb comes from genteel stock, she and her mother survive on a meager income due to having been cast off by family after her father passed. Deborah has anger issues because her half brother, Richard, apparently a wealthy man has never bothered to check up on her and Mrs. Woodly even though he's now a grown man and head of the Woodly family.
Deborah's world has been somewhat limited to her friendship with Reeve, the families in the local parish and Reeve's stable of prime horse flesh which she apparently has carte blanche to ride. Reeve is a very unhappy young man, with a less-than-circumspect reputation and a love of gambling. His parents passed away before he became of age and left him with Lord Bradford as guardian until Reeve reaches the age of 26 or becomes married.
After Reeve loses heavily in the Newmarket races, he asks Deborah to become engaged to him in order to fool Lord Bradford into giving him his inheritance early. Although Deborah is dismayed at the whole idea, she eventually decides she will cooperate in the "pretend" engagement. Her mother is dialed in, doesn't actually agree, but she's crazy over Reeve also. As the reader, I'm thinking that I wouldn't care to back Reeve in his scheming, since he just lost 60,000 pounds on a horse race. So, this storyline is a bit unusual to say the least.
Eventually, everyone winds up at Lord Bradford's home at a house party where we begin to learn some troublesome things about the family members.Read more ›
I see that Ms. Wolf's next book reverts to the familiar third person p-o-v; I hope this is not a permanent change.
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I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Joan Wolf's first person point-of-view romances, but this one is the best. Ms. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 1999
This was the first Joan Wolf novel I have ever read and I couldn't put it down. Smart, funny and VERY well written. (I'm a magazine editor, believe me I know junk when I read it. Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 1999
I have read all of Joan Wolf's books and this is one of the best so far I cant wait for the next one.Published on 4 Feb. 1999