Simply Perfect

Mary Balogh, Author
Mary Balogh, Author . Delacorte $22 (343p) ISBN 978-0-385-33824-0
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Balogh’s lovely Regency series centering on Miss Martin’s School for Girls closes with the story of founder and headmistress Claudia Martin, an “aging spinster” past 30 who does not see marriage in her future. Two former teachers have recently made titled matches, however, and one of them sends Joseph, marquess of Attingsborough, to the school, along with his good looks, friendly manner and offer of a carriage to London. His title puts Claudia off; she distrusts his apparent interest in her school; his near-engagement to Lord Balderston’s daughter, the icily perfect Portia Hunt, makes him unavailable. For his part, Joseph, at 35, can no longer put off the need for a male heir. He is resigned to the match, but there is a very delicate matter that he needs to resolve beforehand, with Miss Martin’s aid required to safeguard his secret and his reputation. Joseph’s heart isn’t in the subterfuge, however, and as social pressures come to bear, both he and Claudia are forced to reexamine their priorities. Balogh has a particular gift for infusing the Regency romance with complex and engaging characters in challenging situations that move beyond the obvious. (Mar.)

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