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“When Miranda Luce’s father dies and leaves her penniless, the spirited young miss decides to become an actress. She joins the theater troupe belonging to her sister Mary and her husband Edward. But then Edward is unjustly thrown into debtor’s prison. Miranda and her sister must raise the money to save them all from ruin. Lord Justin Devereux needs a fiancée—in a hurry! Justin doesn’t want to get married, he just wants to take control of his inheritance and escape the upper-class London social scene. His solution: Hire an actress who can play the role of his fiancée at one important family dinner.
But Lord Justin’s trustee isn’t satisfied and Miranda’s role must be extended. The longer the masquerade lasts, the more complicated it becomes. Will the deception be unmasked before each gets what they want?”
The plot reminded me of a typical jape that Bertie Wooster and his ever-faithful Jeeves would try to pull off – although P.G. Wodehouse’s hilarious tales are pure comedy, and this delightful tale is typical Regency Romance.
It is predictable – of course you know that Miranda and Justin are going to fall in love, you know it will have a happy ending – but this is the stuff of the romance genre, so so what?
The pleasure is in the journey, not the destination, and I found Saralee Etter’s A Limited Engagement to be a thoroughly enjoyable escapism read. Just right for a cold winter night curled in front of the fire, or for an entertaining holiday read.