The Wayward Miss Wainwright

Arabella Sheraton
The Wayward Miss Wainwright
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Musa Publishing
Release Date
October 2012
Historical Romance

Miss Helena Wainwright is determined to see her nieces and nephew well settled with their new guardian, the Duke of Rotherham. After six months of transition, the children are beginning to bond with their uncle, but Helena and the Duke aren't able to get much past the barest of civilities. Now that the duke is poised to offer for the shy Miss Fanshawe, Helena is horrified to discover an awful secret about the young lady and her scheming mother. What is she going to do--keep the secret or reveal all in her own bid for the duke's heart?

Ready to settle down and provide a stable environment for his wards, Vernon Wroxby, the Duke of Rotherham, has decided the amenable Miss Fanshawe will do, even if he dislikes her outspoken, uncouth mama. If he could just quit wondering what Miss Wainwright is doing (and with whom) he'd be able to appreciate the match a bit more. But as his wards begin to rebel against the idea of this marriage, and he starts to realize that his affections really reside with Miss Wainwright, will one determined marriage-mart mama ruin any chance he might have for true happiness?

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Mar 04, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
139 people found the following review helpful
Sometimes, even a duke can make a mistake. Such is the case of Vernon, the Duke of Rotherham, who finds himself looking for a bride. With a title, plenty of money and handsome good looks, he finds that he has all the ingredients for a successful search. What he doesn't realize is that his search also makes him vulnerable to fortune hunters.

He narrows his search down to beautiful Emily Fanshawe, who unfortunately comes with a rather overbearing and common mother. The search for a duchess is very important to the three young children residing in the duke's care. As the orphaned children of his brother, the three are cared for by their mother's sister, Helena Wainwright.

With an offer for Emily's hand practically a sure thing, Helena stumbles onto a secret that could greatly impact the duke's decision. Mrs. Fanshawe steps in to ensure that nothing will stop her daughter from making the match.

Throw in a caravan of gypsies, a besotted suitor and a cranky pug, and you have the ingredients for a genteel Regency tale of romance. The pace of the story may seem slow for some readers, but it is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet romance with a happy ending.
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