‘An Unsuitable Bride’ by Jane Feather

aub jfSTORY: The headstrong and beautiful Alexandra Douglas is summoned to London from the seminary for young ladies upon the death of her father, Sir Arthur Douglas. There, the family lawyer explains to her that she and her invalid sister, Sylvia, have been left penniless, disinherited, delegitimized. Her father had divorced her mother on the grounds of insanity, making the children of the marriage illegitimate, but still allowing him to remarry. On Sir Arthur’s death, his considerable wealth and estates passed to a distant relative, while his widowed second wife and stepson received handsome inheritances.

Alex is determined to get the inheritance that she and her sister are due.When she sees an advertisement for a librarian at her former family home, she applies in the guise of an impoverished middle-aged spinster with experience as a school librarian.But when The Honorable Peregrine Sullivan arrives for a weekend of hunting with Alex’s stepbrother and immediately notices that the librarian is not who she appears to be, she finds it impossible to keep her distance.

With her elaborate scheme unraveling and her future in jeopardy, Alex must rely on her wits—and her new love—to make sure justice is served.

REVIEW: Alexandra Douglas and her sister, Sylvia, who is an invalid have been left penniless after the death of their father. The home she has known and that should be rightly hers has been passed down to her greedy cousin. A very intelligent girl, Alexandra chooses to dress herself as an old lady and infiltrate her old home under the name of Alexandra Hathaway to work as a librarian cataloguing the very extensive family library.

In addition, she is advising her cousin (who does not recognize her) on how best to invest money in growing interests. Due to his ignorance of money, she is also skimming off profits for herself. Peregrine Sullivan visits the home and wonders who this frumpy, intelligent woman is. He decides to follow her when she makes a short visit to her sister.

When he discovers who she really is and the beautiful woman under the disguise, he works to win her heart. However, Alexandra is a stubborn and proud woman who would never agree to marry and be kept by a man who would also care for her sister. She has decided to continue her deception until she has made enough money to care for her sister’s life.

Will she continue to pull off this trick? Read this novel and you will find out what happens to her and if she and Peregrine are united in the end. There is a lot of nail biting but a good read!

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