"A delightful regency"
In 1827 London Sarah Palmer knows she went too far this
time with her aborted elopement with Lord Penley. When her
irate brother caught up to them, he challenged the usurper
to a dual to the death and only the intercession of her
stepfather kept the scandal from turning ugly. Sarah has
two options: marrying that fortune hunting Penley who
dissolved into rancid pudding at the first sign of danger
or visit her half-sister Olivia in Scotland. After having
watched the spineless Penley perform, Sarah chooses
Bostonian Marshal MacDougal learns that his father
Cameron Byrde in 1798 abandoned the infant Marshal and his
mother and married someone else. All these years he
thought his father had died before he was born, but now
Marshal vows to destroy the man if he still lives or his
descendants if he does not. When he arrives in Scotland,
he learns that his prime target is his half-sister Olivia.
However, Marshal and Sarah meet and fall in love, but he
cannot allow her to interfere with his plan.
The sequel to THE MATCHMAKER, THE TROUBLEMAKER is an
enchanting historical romance starring a born troublemaker
even in the first tale and an American seeking trouble.
The story line is invigorating due to the "troubling"
relationship between the strong lead characters. Though
Marshal's behavior can become a bit irritating with his
paramecium-like thirst for vengeance, readers will
appreciate this Regency romance due to the deep emotions
that the key players display (a two edged sword in the case
of the male protagonist). Rexanne Becnel has written
another jewel that will beguile sub-genre fans.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 9, 2001
Troublemaker: one who makes mischief, who torments; a malcontent; a provoker; a firebrand. Someone to avoid at all costs.A WOMAN RUNNING FROM TROUBLE Sarah Palmer, a reckless beauty with a penchant for trouble, has enraged her family for the last time with her foiled plan to elope with a fortune hunter. Sent to stay with her married half-sister in the Scottish countryside, Sarah arrives there only to learn that her sister has gone away to Glasgow. With no one to chaperone her, she is immensely relieved at her newfound freedom and vows to redeem herself in the eyes of her family by behaving for once. But she hasn't reckoned on Marshall MacDougal, the most irresistible and troublesome man she has ever met...A MAN LOOKING FOR TROUBLE An American surrounded in mystery, Marshall MacDougal has come to Scotland searching for justice-and vengeance. He is captivated with Sarah and she with him, though she tries to resist. But then Sarah discovers that her own mother and half-sister are the targets of Marsh's vengeance. Old secrets, new scandals, and shocking revelations turn seduction into a devious game, where passion has a price, especially when a pair of troublemakers dares to break all the rules of love...AUTHORBIO: REXANNE BECNEL is the critically acclaimed author of fifteen previous novels. She lives and works in New Orleans, a city that never fails to inspire and comfort her.
Genre: Historical Romance, Scotland