Someday Soon Mass Market Paperback – 14 Sep 2000
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Lady Alexander Wilton is one of the most beautiful women in England. She is also one of the most stubborn, she wants to marry for love. After three seasons and innumerable marriage proposals her father loses patience and adds a codicil to his will that forces her to wed the seventh Earl of Wilton, who everyone thinks is her Cousin Geoffrey. Of course her father dies soon after adding this to the will. If she does not marry the seventh Earl all of her fathers un-entailed wealth will go to the Jockey Club. If this happens Alexander will be without money and her beloved home will be without funds. Only Geoffrey is not the seventh Earl, a wild Highlander is. Niall Macdonald is the grandson of a Highland Chief and the son of the late Earls younger brother. He is the rightful heir.
What I enjoyed so much about this story was that it was a story of equals, while Wolfe never specifically gave Niall's age it was inferred that he was around the same age as Lady Alexander who is 21 years old. Niall was kept from being portrayed as a callow youth by his responsibilities and his care for his people as the Mac-Mhic-Donnail Chief in training. He vows to never love a frail English woman even though he is half-English himself and she is sure that she could never love a Highland barbarian like him. Of course since this is a romance they are both wrong.
Someday soon was a wonderful book, a quick engaging read with a sweet love story. The main characters are equals are both likeable characters and most of the secondary characters are engagingly drawn although if a couple of them had been taken out it would not have changed the story line really at all.
Someday Soon is just not in the same class, however, as "The Guardian", "The Arrangement", "Golden Girl", "The Gamble", "The Pretenders". I agree ... that the character development of the hero and heroine is shallow. The development of their relationship was even worse. It was hard for me to care about either one of them, or to believe that they cared about each other.
I'm not sure why she abandoned the first person narrative convention that she used in the other books in this series, but it did not help the character or plot development at all.
Also, what does this title have to do with the story?
Initially, Alexandra thinks her cousin Geoffrey is the heir, but five months later Scotsman Niall MacDonald arrives with a stronger claim. As Niall and Alexandra agree to a marriage of convenience, they begin to fall in love with one another. However, accidents that seem deliberate start to befall Niall. Working as a team, Niall and Alexandra struggle to uncover the identity of the individual trying to kill him.
SOMEDAY SOON is an engaging Regency romance starring two exhilarating lead charcaters. Although the identity of the villain seems obvious, the who-done-it adds to the overall excitement of the tale. Alexandra and Niall make a captivating pair whose love shines throughout the novel even as their relationship fills the book with humor. Best-selling author Joan Wolf writes a pleasant historical romance that will satisfy her fans.