When Hugh Winthrop, the future Earl of Albury, decides to advertise for a wife in the London paper, he never expected an anonymous response from a woman who matches him wit for wit. Their back-and-forth letters on the true nature of love, something they disagree on wholeheartedly, leave him shocked—and intrigued. But then the woman he’s been corresponding with shows up on his doorstep, enticingly beautiful and offering a marriage of convenience in exchange for his protection…
Lady Phoebe Maitland expected to marry for love and nothing else, until the man she gave her trust betrayed her. The more intrigued she becomes by the mysterious and devastatingly handsome Hugh, however, the more she realizes he’s holding back from opening his heart due to long-held secrets she struggles to understand. As passion flares wickedly between them, their marriage bed is quick to heat up. But when Phoebe’s past threatens to destroy the fragile bond they’ve formed, even a budding belief in love might not be enough to save them.
Wonderful love story
Has to be my favorite of the series. Loved the characters and his impairment was a wonderful new way to communicate. By far my top 10 favorite of all books!!
A witty, sometimes snarky correspondence begins with an advertisement in the newspaper for a wife for A Gentleman of Distinction and Wealth. Lady Phoebe, A Curious Lady, answers the ad with the intention of scolding his audacity. They exchange several letters, the last an appeal from Phoebe for Hugh to marry her. Phoebe has been betrayed by her parents and the man she thought loved her. Pregnant and desperate, she finds her way to Hugh. He wants a marriage of convenience, but will he be able to accept her child?
This is a wonderful story. The characters are amazing. Hugh comes from a quite unusual family. He is intelligent and strong and handles the estates for his father who is in poor health. He is also mute. Phoebe is impulsive, but is good hearted and kind. She takes Hugh’s inability to speak in stride, and quickly learns his (sign) language. There is most definitely some sizzling chemistry between them. I love Sarah, Caroline, and the Old Earl (Hugh’s father), each watchful and caring. Then there’s Wolf, Hugh’s and, for a while, Phoebe’s dog. Large and loveable, he is a special part of the story. This is a love story, but there is other excitement as well, including a kidnapping, revenge for the kidnapping, a rescue, and a waltz. This is a great read. I had trouble putting it down, and it definitely goes on my reread list.
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When the Earl Met His Match
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While this is the 4th book of this series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I will be reading the 3rd book as it is Lady Phoebe Maitland's brother, Richard. From what I have read of him and his story, I am definitely intrigued.
This story is a wonderful one that is told in a dual POV format. That is a favorite of mine. Getting that glimpse into the characters' thoughts really makes them more human than character.
Lady Phoebe Maitland is in love with her boy-hood friend, George. Unfortunately Phoebe is the daughter of a duke. George is NOT of high social ranking status. Phoebe is crushed and dismayed when he takes the 20,000 pounds that her parents offer to get rid of him. Unbeknownst to anyone at the time, Phoebe is pregnant. Phoebe has been corresponding with a man who seeks a Lady of the realm for a wife. The man does not seek a marriage for love and Phoebe decides to go to him once her pregnancy is discovered.
Hugh Winthrop, the future Earl of Albury, is in need for a wife. His father is dying and wants Hugh married. Hugh is mute (which leads a fair amount of frustration in communication between the two at the beginning.) Hugh also has a secret.
This story is so well written, I was enchanted with these two characters. I really hated to put it down. The scenes flowed and the characters were wonderful.
Now to go back and read the third book of this series.