The Kiss of a Stranger by Sarah M. Eden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was relaxing in a lovely bungalow in California while I read this book. It was perfect after lots of driving and a day of sight seeing.
Lord Cavratt can't seem to escape the company of Miss Bower. She is everywhere he turns, and her attempt at getting him to declare that he's courting her (which he most certainly is not doing) causes him to act rashly. He kisses a stranger whom he thinks is a maid in the gardens where Miss Bower is annoying him. Much to his surprise, Catherine is not a maid and her uncle witnessed the kiss. He insists that Lord Cavratt must marry Catherine.
Thinking that he'll be able to annul the marriage quickly, Lord Cavratt goes along with the rushed marriage. When he learns that an annulment will ruin Catherine's reputation, not to mention that she'll have no where to go, he hesitates to move forward with the annulment.
Such a great story! I'll admit that I was bothered that kissing a servant wouldn't have mattered, but it probably wouldn't have back then. I also stumbled over the name Cavratt-just doesn't roll off the tongue. That must be part of the reason he was referred to by his first name (Crispin) most of the time. But, those were trivial, and the story was very enjoyable.
The Kiss of a Stranger is a book to read again and again!