"A fine cast puts this romance above the norm"
In 1805 London, a very disappointed General Northcott
lectures his daughter Lucinda that she has brought shame to
their family name that has been above reproach for over two
centuries. He insists she will marry the younger son of an
earl instead of the older one whom she loves. Harry
Devering not her beloved Malcolm becomes her spouse. For
the next decade Lucinda is the paragon of proper behavior,
which cannot be said of her husband.
In 1816 Lucinda makes her first social appearance since
Harry died in the bed of his mistress over a year ago.
Only for her charge Meg would she return to the Ton.
However, at Meg's debut, her brother, Sea Captain Garrett
Lynch, crashes the gala. Ready to declare the third Anglo-
American war, Garrett is side tracked by the beauty and
calm of Lucinda. He wants her, but Lucinda will give up
love before stepping into any scandal, just ask the odious
Malcolm who wants her as his mistress.
Though the story line is somewhat typical of a Regency,
Debra Mullins keeps it fresh through the relationships of
several of her key characters, especially the lead
protagonists. Lucinda's vow to never cause harm to her
family name after the way her father looked at her in 1805
battles with her desire to make love with the wild Garrett,
whose attitude is damn the torpedoes full speed ahead in
his quest. Regency readers will find A NECESSARY HUSBAND a
charming read that never steps out of the box.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 25, 2002