"Regency editon of "I LOVE LUCY" sitcom"
After a duel with one of his friends, Keene Davies is
blackmailed by his father into marrying his second cousin,
Sophie. Sophie has been kept in the country by very strict
parents and knows little of London and the ton. She has
always had feelings for Keene and agrees to marry him.
Sophie's parents mistakenly think she has been disgraced
and wish her to marry immediately. Her father tells Keene
of their suspicions, but Keene wishes to stay married to
her anyway. Sophie misunderstands something Keene's
friend tells her and thinks Keene has an illegitimate
child. Does this marriage of convenience have a chance to
succeed with so many mistaken assumptions by everyone?
Sophie is very innocent and doesn't look before she leaps
into most situations. She reminds of Lucy in an I LOVE
LUCY sitcom. Unfortunately, she doesn't learn from her
mistakes, and the reaction of the ton to her does not ring
true. I think that her many faux pas would have resulted
in her disgrace and she would have been given the cut
direct. However, the situations are quite humorous and it
was an entertaining read.
There were two secondary characters that I found very
annoying, George and Amelia. George was too whiny by far,
and Amelia was too much a martyr. I did like the hero and
heroine. The hero was very supportive and a really nice guy
who deserved better friends. If you are looking for a
funny regency romp and care little for an accurate "feel"
of the times, give THE WEDDING DUEL a try.
© Copyright 2002
Reviewed for ParaNormal
Romance and BOOK ISLE
Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted August 30, 2002