"Engaging Regency romance"
In 1816 England, James Putney's will assigns sole care of
the deceased's five children to his cousin Anthony Elliot,
the Earl of Greyley. Though Anthony despised his cousin,
he takes the decision quite gracefully. However, James'
mother makes a scene until her other son tells her to be
quiet. Anthony figures the quintet may have been spawned
by the devil and raised as hellions, but how hard can it be
with the oldest being only eleven.
A few weeks later, Anthony is at the end of his rope and
without a governess as none last very long. He considers
buying property in America so he can ship his wards there
though he worries about an international incident leading
to a third war. Anthony hires Anna Thraxton as his latest
governess. However, though she brings some order to the
wards and even helps Anthony's reticent fiancee, Anna poses
new problems for the beleaguered aristocrat. He wants her
by his side permanently even if she meddles in everyone's
life because she wants a happy ending for all.
AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER is an engaging Regency romance that
readers will delight in due to the strong cast. The story
line is amusing as Anthony finds love and rescue in the
courageous Anna. The characters make the tale with the
pranks of the children and the nastiness of their
grandmother augmenting the romance. Sub-genre fans will
want to read Karen Hawkins' next tale starring whichever
St. John sibling gets stuck with "the ring".
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 15, 2002