Charles Wycombe, the dashing -- if incorrigible -- Earl of Billington, needs a bride before his upoming thirtieth birthday, if he hopes to earn his inheritance. The vicar s vivacious, determined daughter, Miss Eleanor Lyndon, needs a new home, since her father s insufferable fiancee is making her old one intolerable. Destinly has brought Charles and Ellie together -- though their match at the outset appears to have been made somewhere rather hotter than heaven. Their first meeting is less than auspicious -- with a somewhat soused Charles falling from a tree and landing at Eleanor s feet. While they agree to marry for their mutual convenience, Charles is not prepared to let a woman command his household. And certainly strong-willed Ellie refuses to let a rogue run her life. Yet the rakish earl can be quite charming -- and even tender -- when he puts his mind to it. And there s no denying the sensuous allure of his enchanting, innocent, yet utterly stubborn wife. Even though mad mishaps and very real dangers threaten their fragile union, they must follow where passion leads -- to the rapturous warmth and brilliance of love.
Julia Quinn, auch als zeitgenössische Jane Austen bezeichnet, studierte zunächst Kunstgeschichte an der Harvard Universität. Ihre überaus erfolgreichen historischen Romane präsentieren den Zauber einer vergangenen Epoche und begeistern durch ihre warmherzigen, humorvollen Schilderungen.