Speak Only Love

Deana James, Author Zebra $4.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-8217-3439-1
Plotting scoundrels, an elaborate scheme of events that turns a mute heiress's life upside down, a handsome wastrel ripe for reforming and a sweet young virgin are among the stock devices and characters James ( Wild Texas Heart ) offers in this uninspired historical romance. Tristam Larne, earl of Larnaervon and an unsavory old gent, has Vivian Marleigh brought from the convent where she resides, ostensibly to nurse his wife. But Larne has other plans for Vivian, and after the countess dies, he blocks the young woman's departure. When Vivian's guardian, Sebastian Dawlish, arrives to claim his ward, the earl exposes Dawlish's scheme to imprison Vivian in the convent while living on her wealth. Larne's son Piers, a genial fellow when he's sober, thwarts both men by helping Vivian get to London to see her solicitor--but the latter is in cahoots with Dawlish. After Larne has Vivian snatched back, he insists she marry Piers. Vivian agrees, fearing her guardian more than the old man. But just as she and Piers warm up to each other, Dawlish has an idea to recover control of his ex-ward and her fortune: make a widow of her. (July)
Reviewed on: 07/01/1991
Release date: 07/01/1991
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