Archibald Brainridge (Archie) has been
summoned by his godfather, the Earl of Chandos, to make an
appearance in London. Archie wonders what the old
curmudgeon wants, as the man disinherited him and sent him
away years ago, after an issue at Oxford. What he finds is
that the Earl now wants to make a couple of deals with him.
If he stays away from gambling for a year, then he will get
an allowance, and if he finds a woman to marry him, then he
will become the sole heir of the Earl. Archie knows the
first part will be easy as he has left his gaming ways
behind him, just not the debts. He is now the bailiff for
his fatherís estate and has found a passion in farming and
farm planning. He knows the perfect person for part two.
He thinks to ask Isabella Cox, his neighbor and long-time
friend, to be his bride.
He, unfortunately, is so nervous about
asking her that he goes out and gets drunk first. Bella is
stunned that she appears to have sunk so low that even a
friend has to get drunk to ask her to marry him.
Isabella is determined to never marry a
gambler. In fact, she has resigned herself to having to
live the life as a lady's companion, as her father gambled
her dowry away. So she writes her aunt to ask if she is
either in need of a companion or knows of someone who is,
especially since her aunt is just getting over the death of
her uncle. When she arrives in London, Isabella finds that
her aunt takes her on as her project. She wants her to have
a season, and will help her with a dowry to make a match;
she wonít stand for Bella becoming a companion.
The problem that both Bella and Archie
face is that just as she turns him down, and he sobers up,
they both find they love each other. Will Bella be able to
trust Archie not to gamble and take a chance on love?
The Persistent Suitor is a wonderful regency
historical romance. This is the first story I have read by
this author and it wonít be my last. She has woven the
stories of a number of characters into this novel, and I was
pulled into each one. There might be just more than one
persistent suitor in this story. I like how Archie was
shown to not only grow up, but to appreciate others and how
they might feel by his actions and the actions of others.
If you love regency or Victorian historicals, then I think
you will find The Persistent Suitor a
wonderful addition to your book shelf.