Daphne Dale never could have imagined that when she answered an advertisement in the newspaper that she would find true love. Now she has the opportunity to meet her unknown suitor, but it means traveling to Tabitha’s wedding, and into the heart of her family’s sworn enemies. Everyone knows the Seldons are terrible rakes and bounders, but Daphne will risk anything to gain the happiness she is certain is right around the corner.
Lord Henry Seldon is aghast at the latest addition to the house party guest list—one would think after the unforgettable scandal Daphne Dale caused at the duke’s engagement ball, she wouldn’t dare show her face at the duke’s wedding. But here she is, poking her nose where she shouldn’t and driving Henry mad . . . with an unforgettable passion that will turn enemies into lovers.
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And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
And Miss Ran Away With the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle is an April 2013 Avon publication.
Henry Seldon and Daphne Dale have become pen pals- nothing extraordinary about that, really, except perhaps for the fact that the Seldon's and the Dale's have been feuding for centuries.
When Daphne arrives at her best friend's engagement party, she is in enemy territory. But, she will endure for Tabitha's sake. Besides, the main thing on her mind is that she is finally going to meet her pen pal face to face. Instead she finds herself dancing with her sworn enemy, Henry Seldon.
Henry and Daphne agree to keep their distance from one another, but keep finding themselves thrown together somehow, and trying to fight off their increasing and forbidden attraction to one another. In the meantime, each of them continues to attempt a face to face meeting their elusive pen pal.
What a delightful story! Screwball comedy, mistaken identity, feuding families, passion, romance and true love!
The first half of the story is laugh out loud out loud funny. The middle of the story did lag just a bit, but rights itself as the pace becomes almost frantic as Henry and Daphne become desperate to find their pen pals.
When a book can take you away from your immediate day to day troubles, and give you a few laughs and a wonderful love story, what more can you ask for?
I chuckled all the way through this book and found it delightfully entertaining from beginning to end. Highly recommend, especially to fans of this author, but also to anyone who loves a romantic comedy or historical romance with a lighter tone.
Elizabeth Boyle's passions include her husband and two sons (or as she calls them, "her heroes in training"). In between the kids's activities, camping and gardening and trying to keep up on her ever-growing knitting pattern collection, she continues to write new and exciting romances.