To Marry And To Meddle
By Martha Waters
A marriage of convenience becomes inconvenient when love enters into the mix in Martha Waters’ To Marry And To Meddle. Set in Regency England, the reader is lured into the posh society built on manners and propriety through the story of Lady Emily Turner and Lord Julian Belfry.
… a sweet romance where there’s much more to marriage than friendship, and life is all the sweeter because of it.
Lady Emily is the perfect daughter and debutante, but it’s been six seasons and her parents still won’t let her marry. They insist she escort an evil gambling den owner around the ton so he won’t blackmail her father and take all her family’s wealth. Emily has had enough, and when Lord Julian asks if she would consider joining him in holy matrimony, she jumps at the chance to be freed of her onerous duties.
Lord Julian is the free-spirited second son of a marquess who insists on being the black sheep of the family. His kind-hearted parents allowed him to purchase and fix up a theatre, but after a few years they insist he give it up and settle down. Besides, theatres are full of unsavory people such as women entertainers. It’s hardly the place for someone of Julian’s status to be associated with. When Julian spies the lovely Emily, he has a plan. Emily could use a wealthy friend to help her escape her loathsome existence, and her impeccable reputation and manners would be of great help in bringing respectability to Julian’s theatre. Bonus, his parents will get off his back about not being wed. It’s a win-win situation for them both.
But what’s love got to do with it? They’ve made the perfect business deal. They’ve even convinced their closest friends that’s all there is to it. But, somehow, it isn’t. Can Emily confess to Julian that she’s fallen in love with him and ruined their agreed-upon arrangement? Can Julian admit that he’s fallen head over heels for Emily and doesn’t really care anymore about improving his theatre’s bawdy reputation? To Marry And To Meddle is the perfect read for those who enjoy a sweet romance where there’s much more to marriage than friendship, and life is all the sweeter because of it.
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