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Golden Girl Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1999

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Wolf (The Arrangement, etc.) uses her polished storytelling skills to unravel a peculiar arranged marriage in her newest Regency. The only way that Anthony Selbourne, the new Duke of Cheviot, can save his centuries-old estate and redeem his father's debts is by marrying "golden girl" Sarah Patterson, granddaughter of a vulgar multimillionaire. Sarah doesn't want to marryAshe'd rather paint. Anthony seduces her with his extraordinary good looks and promises to encourage her artistic endeavors. But Anthony encourages more than her art, and the two are surprised by an unexpected and intense love. A foe is introduced in Max, Anthony's jealous secretary who perceives Sarah as a rival. When attempts are made on Sarah's life, the twisted finger of suspicion suddenly points to Anthony. Will love and trust conquer all? Suspenseful plotting and solid characterizations will keep readers riveted.
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Wolf once again works Regency magic in this marriage-of-convenience tale involving the a wealthy merchant's granddaughter and a Duke in great need of money. Even though she knows she is being bartered for an aristocratic title, Sarah Patterson acquiesces to the marriage proposal from the duke of Cheviot because he has consented to allow her to paint, and promised her access to great art. As a talented woman artist, it is the only way she can pursue her passion. Falling in love against all expectations, the couple is threatened by a murderous plot perpetrated by someone who seems bent on killing or maiming Sarah and placing the blame on the duke. Prolific Wolf, author of The Deception (1996), among others, has created a cast of convincing and likable characters, and blended it with some suspense and a believable romance. Diana Tixier Herald

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1st edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446606936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446606936
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,252,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the story of an impoverished man of the peerage desperately needing a huge infusion of money to pay off his late father's debts and rebuild his estates. Since it's cash he needs, he marries the daughter of a very, very rich businessman, gathering in something like 4 million pounds in the marriage settlement. (Seems like a really huge amount of money, considering we're talking early 1800s England, but whatever...)

What's good about this story is that the H and h are genuinely good, open- and fair-minded. Strangers when they marry, they become friends and lovers. The advantage of the marriage for him, apart from the money, is that he finds himself with a truly understanding and loving wife. The advantage of the marriage, for her, is the freedom to pursue her artistic talents, with an accepting and encouraging husband. (As opposed to her father and former "cit" suitor, who believe that a woman should devote herself to house and family. Anything else should be a minor hobby.)

No Misunderstandings or Failures to Communicate. I appreciated that. These two are even compatible in the bedroom from Day One. Perhaps this is why Wolf feels it necessary to bring in a Villain to muddy up the waters. Is someone trying to kill the h? Oh, yes, someone is. That's for the characters in the story to find out, and they all seem to be suspecting each other. Unfortunately, the author lets us know from the beginning of the attempts exactly who the Bad Person is, so not even that offers any suspense to the reader.

Genuinely nice H and h, sweet friendship-to-love development are the selling points of this story. Too bad that Wolf, who always has the tendency to Tell instead of Show, used that tendency in full in this Regency romance, so it turned out a bit bland.
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The story begins with the club members of St. James being entertained over dining tables not by the menu but by the fact that the old Duke of Cheviot, inveterate gambler and a bad egg from an otherwise ancient, powerful lineage, had made his last losing wager and shot himself to death.

The scene pans to an elegant Parisian drawing room where the bad egg's estranged son & heir, a veteran of the Napoleonic wars and part of the British diplomatic staff at the Congress of Vienna, is being told the unpleasant news. The messenger is none other than the bad egg's formidable sister who married an English Earl. The aunt gets straight to the point and tells the new heir he must marry money. In fact, this battleship of a Countess already has a candidate in mind- the rather plain but mannerly only grandchild of England's richest merchant who had been a classmate of Countess' daughter at the Ladies' Seminary.

The new Duke, who has the face of a god and impeccable manners of a diplomat, is discomposed. Against his stormy relationship with his profligate father, he has found contentment in his life as a soldier and diplomat by day and by night a discreet lover and serial monogamist to titled femmes du monde in the City of Lights. Did he really want to swap this satisfactory state of affairs for a greatly impoverished Dukedom? Still, duty calls, it is in his DNA to answer it.

Next scene, a beefy, shrewd, elderly merchant is inside a carriage that has ventured into the rarefied environs of Grosvenor Square- by invitation of an Earl. He scans this unfamiliar neighborhood with curiosity and just a touch of smugness. Merchants, however rich, rarely came this way. He came on the presumption that the Earl wanted financial advice.
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I enjoyed this book. I found both the hero and heroine to be sympathetic and I enjoyed the twist on the "who is murdering the heroine" plot in that she doesn't become paranoid suspecting the hero. However, to be fair the story does seem like the melding of Wolf's previous Regencies "The American Duchess" and hmm... I can't quite remember the name--it was Double or Duel Deception or something like that. The original novels had more sponteneity but this one retained the likability and emotional stability of the characters. In the end it is an enjoyable (though perhaps uninspired) read.
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GOLDEN GIRL began for me with great expectations. Sarah Patterson was an 18 year old lady who came from money. Her grandfather made good in the cotton trade but lacked 'a title'. No matter how well off he was he would never be accepted by the gentry of his time. Until something happened that changed everything.

The current Duke of Cheviot had left things a mess at the beginning of this romance. He impoverished his estate, went into steep debt and then left a note for his son, Anthony, to fix things. Then he killed himself.

Anthony had long ago left behind the social class in England to serve with Wellington on the Peninsula and, later, in Paris. He is 27 years old when the story opens and has just found out that he has to marry for money. Relatives of his have set up things between the two families and he dreads what will have to happen but understands his place.

Sarah and he meet and, surprised, Anthony finds out they have a lot in common. Sarah is unaware of their 'match' and has a pleasant visit with his family. Fast forward and Sarah succumbs to the new Duke's plan. He will take care of her and let her follow her passion- to have the freedom to paint. He will use her monies to fix up all of his holdings and connect her grandfather to his name.

Their marriage of convenience without a doubt has some bumpy moments. But lo and behold, they actually talk to each other! This part was what sucked me in and kept me reading. Sarah was unexpectedly intelligent, good-natured and had common sense. Anthony had his own demons but meant to make his marriage work.

Introduced early on was Anthony's closest friend and confidant, one Maxwell Scott. A soldier, he watched over Anthony and developed over time an obsession with the man.
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