Caroline Linden’s ‘I Love the Earl’
I Love the Earl: Show Me the Dowry!
This is a witty, sweet book that gave me the impression that titled yet penniless, bachelors of the Regency are similar to the athletes we worship today. Instead of football or baseball, however, their game is to land a bride whose large dowry will restore the entailed, crumbling family castle and provide a male heir to continue the vicious cycle of the Rake: rise, rot, ruin.
Margaret and her brother, Francis, unexpectedly inherit a fortune and title that changes their middle-class life, propelling them into “Society.” What’s worse than having to put up with new clothes and shoes and servants and a mansion, is that Francis bestows a staggering dowry on his sister, making her the most eligible lady in town, and the target of poor gentlemen throughout London.
Is Rhys, the Earl of Dowling, yet another needy, greedy fop who is only after her money? Or is there more to the impoverished Welsh aristocrat?
What Margaret wants is a husband, but what she needs is one with integrity. Can Dowling, reluctantly on the hunt for a large purse attached to a biddable wife, prove he’s worthy?
Caroline Linden does a wonderful job embellishing this simple love story, and it’s certainly a worthwhile and inexpensive read.
I Love the Earl by Caroline Linden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars