I Bid One American now titled The Unwanted Heiress (The Archer Family Regency Series)
Back Cover: She’s an American heiress nobody wants; he’s a Duke every woman is after. When Nathaniel, Duke of Peckham, meets Charlotte, he’s suspicious of her indifference. Too many women have sought—and failed—to catch him. However, Charlotte is more interested in dead pharaohs than English dukes. Her pretended immunity vanishes, however, when a debutante seeking to entrap Nathaniel gets murdered. All too soon, his reputation as a misogynist makes him a suspect, and Charlotte impulsively comes to his aide. Unfortunately, both are unaware that a highwayman interested in rich heiresses is following Charlotte. And that another debutante lies dead in Nathaniel’s carriage. Some nights just don’t go as planned.
Unlike the famously ill-fated Isabel, this American heroine in Europe learns that a woman just might be able to travel, study and see the world while escorted by a handsome husband. Marriage places limits on a woman’s freedom, but Charlotte just might find a free-spirited man who is equally terrified of the institution of marriage. The question is how to get them to commit. –No, this is not a plot spoiler, this is a romance.
In the midst of Charlotte’s journey to self-discovery and a lifelong partnership, this story is filled with murder, mayhem, adventure and surprises. Charlotte’s guardians, the Archers, are delightful and wickedly funny people, even if they do live in “stuffy” British society.
This “whodunnit” keeps us guessing to the end, but we may be sure our hero has no blood on his hands, no matter how much circumstantial evidence builds around him. And we’ll be sure to read Amy’s next novel, in which (rumor has it) the Archers and the Bow Street detective will once again delight faithful readers.
One of the reasons that I turned to other genres in my twenties was that Romances tend heavily toward the formulaic. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing and Romance is not a bad genre because of it. However, after you’ve read several thousand (probably) of them, they do tend to get a bit predictable. Rather than stopping with the traditional theme of “true love conquers all,” Corwin manages to turn this very predictability to her advantage as she makes a statement about the inherent dangers of uncritically accepting cultural stereotypes. And she does it with a light, often funny, always entertaining, touch.
For those who love Romance, and those who used to, The Unwanted Heiress is a must read.