I save my Edith Layton books like my favorite chocolates, then take them out to read when I need a good historical romance that will cheer my heart and make me smile. Her latest, “A Bride for his Convenience” is no exception. Layton’s books have flawed characters in realistic (for their times) situations who conquer all, or at least most, for love. And Layton does this without resorting to ‘miraculous’ tricks or ‘sudden’ discoveries.
Ian will lose everything if he doesn’t come up with a wealthy bride. Never in his wildest nightmares had he imagined he would be forced to marry for money; but unless he’s willing to let his estates and people languish, he has no choice. With the assistance of his ‘man of business’, Ian sets out to find a bride…one who’s at least pleasant to look at, moderately intelligent…and rich.
Hannah’s father is an exceedingly wealthy miller. When she is spurned by the village lothario, she is hurt, humiliated, and depressed. So when her father suggests a marriage of convenience to a titled lord for the sake of her sisters, Hannah agrees. She is surprised and a bit awed by Ian. Over time though, she comes to know the man behind his public persona…and love him. But can their marriage ever be more than just convenient for Ian?
Even with a well-used plot line, Layton manages to make her story seem fresh. The gradual growth of the characters and relationship makes the tale even more plausible. And the happy ending is just the thing to keep me smiling on a cold winter day.