Synopses & Reviews
CAN A SCANDALOUS CHARADEFor seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. What Cass wouldnt give to take her cousins place! When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations…even with her future husband, Cass thinks this is her chance. LEAD TO TRUE AND LASTING LOVE?After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage—especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate…and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out—and Julian discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental—will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true?
"Bowman draws on the identity confusion capers of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest in the charming second entry in her Playful Brides Regency series (after The Unexpected Duchess). Capt. Julian Swift, an untitled second son who served in the Napoleonic wars, returns to London in the autumn of 1815. Cassandra Monroe has been exchanging heartfelt correspondence with him, and a deep emotional connection has grown between them, but Julian is intended to be betrothed to Cass's cousin, Penelope. When an unenthusiastic Penelope uses a house party with the fictional Patience Bunbury to evade meeting Julian, Cass decides to boldly adopt the persona of Patience in order to spend time with her beloved pen pal. Antics ensue. Readers who are frustrated by Cass's initial passivity and the contrivances and coincidences demanded by the story's source material will be rewarded by Bowman's depiction of the intimate caring connecting between Cass and Julian. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Valerie Bowmans Secret Brides novels are
:"Splendidly satisfying…[with] emotional depth."
—Booklist (starred review)"Fabulous, sexy tales!"
—USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer"Sparkling…witty…engaging."
—RT Book Reviews
Praise for THE UNEXPECTED DUCHESS (Book 1 of the Playful Brides series):"Engaging characters, snappy banter, and judicious infusion of smoldering sensuality will have readers clamoring for the next installment in this smart and sexy series." —Booklist (Starred Review) "A fun, smart comedy of errors and a sexy, satisfying romance."—Kirkus (Starred Review) "Smart, witty, sassy and utterly delightful!"—Romantic Times (4 1/2 Stars; Top Pick!) "...a charming take on Cyrano de Bergerac." —Publisher's Weekly "Fun, engaging romance with great characters!" —Fresh Fiction
About the Author
Valerie Bowman grew up in Illinois with six sisters (shes number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dog, Roo. When shes not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. Valerie loves to hear from readers. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and her website.