But Rosy is actually weaving those ribbons and playing with the rainbow kittens and puppies too, the girl never leaves the place.) It isn't Rosy's fault really, her dad was an ex Army commander widower and her beloved grandfather was the local lord of the manor in the family manse that has been around for yonks. The local shelter is run by a humorless petty tyrant and Rosy isn't so concussed that she is blind to his faults, she just really takes her local lady of manor role to heart and is learning all she can about how to alleviate the local poverty and lend a helping hand and save environments and all that. The only other thorns in her side are Guard, the H, who is the very handsome, sinfully seductive local wealthy businessman and Rosy's evil snot sipper cousin, Edward, who is a suspicious shady dealer and very much covets Rosy's home. So that leaves Rosy in a quandary when her solicitor tells her that her Grandfather's will specifies that Rosy has to get married to someone who can help produce a viable heir, or Edward gets the house and grounds. Guard has always wanted Rosy's house and he tried to buy it from her grandfather multiple times, but grandfather insisted the family manse stay in the family and turned Guard down. Rosy always gets cross with Guard because first, she snuck out to go poaching when she was 16 and Guard ratted her out to her grandfather. It looks like awkward proposal to Guard it will be, Rosy doesn't even consider the petty tyrant shelter guy, and so she calls Guard and he shows up and Rosy makes her awkward marriage of convenience bid. Rosy also has to buy a fancy dress, cause the ecology computer guy invited them to his daughter's birthday party and Guard doesn't think Rosy's thrift shop finds are entirely suitable. We all go home to England and Rosy is ready to put on some comfy leggings again, when they find that Snot Sipper Edward and his poor bullied family have decided to impose themselves on Rosy's family manse while their own house gets fumigated. Rosy is very worried about prison, she doesn't think she would fit in there very well and she knows they won't approve of her thrift shop finds, so she reluctantly goes along with Guard's Big Fake Out Slime Sipper Edward's Plan. But Guard is nowhere to be found and Snot Sipper Edward is right there to try and destroy Rosy's After Glow. Over the next week or so, Snot Sipper Edward is drooling poison in both Guard's and Rosy's ears. Finally Edward goes way too far and tells Rosy that bad things can happen to pregnant ladies alone in the huge house and after a few days of terrible stress on Rosy's part, Guard walks in to find her crying. Now tho Guard and Rosy are in love forever and we leave them taking a celebratory voyage of Being Cast Adrift on the Purple Passion Shores of Golden Transcendent Bliss for another totally hilarious PJ Pink Sparkly Rainbow with Kittens, but no Unicorns HEA.
The writing in this one is so good that even though you never get the hero's point of view, you still understand just how hopeless he feels at times when the heroine just doesn't get it. Heroine is sweet and earnest enough that I can forgive her for inadvertently hurting the hero.
(view spoiler)He loves her and has done so since she was sixteen (she's now 21 to his 35).
Thankfully, she manages to redeem herself ever so slightly at the very end of the book by coming clean about her true feelings for Guard and responding to him in a way she should have done much earlier in the story. But of course, a quick capitulation would probably not have made for an angsty read (and this has about medium angst, as per my ratings); so naturally Rosy, like so many other heroines of M&B is mostly blind and dumb to the many hints the hero gives about his feelings for her, for the sake of drama if nothing else.
When her father and grandfather died unexpectedly, the h faced losing her family's mansion to her evil cousin. The h's naïveté was sweet at first, and the H came off looking like a bully. She acted like the child the H called her.
With both Rosy's father and grandfather now gone, the estate had only two possible heirs; Rosy and her father's cousin, Edward. Guard has always shown an interest in the estate, and surely they could come up with an arrangement. Guard has always been a bit of a thorn to Rosy; always taunting her and teasing her about her naive outlook on life. It was fun reading some of Rosy's thoughts as she starts to picture everything Guard tells her, and with her body waking up, how she realizes that she loves her husband.
I do not even get why she did an about face and suddenly was all in love (I kept thinking there should have been 200 pages in between as they are so not connected as a couple they need tons of work to get there), then was all hurt because she "thought" H should have known she loved him when she just said something so mean to him to make it sound like she cares more about appearance than anything. This sure isn't the way to a woman's heart, and I seldom see him making an effort to really help her change her antagonistic attitude towards him. The pairing here makes it all the harder for me to believe in this story. While a lot of times it should not be an issue, the h does not have the worldly experience or intelligence or emotions to make such a match credible, she also does not have the otherworldly air of charming innocence and sweet wonderment that might also make it work.
Penelope Jones Halsall aka Caroline Courtney, Annie Groves, Lydia Hitchcock, Melinda Wright Penelope "Penny" Jones was born on November 24, 1946 at about seven pounds in a nursing home in Preston, Lancashire, England. She first discovered Mills & Boon books, via a girl she worked with. She published four regency novels as Caroline Courtney, before changing her nom de plume to Melinda Wright for three air-hostess romps and then she wrote two thrillers as Lydia Hitchcock. Soon after that, Mills and Boon accepted her first novel for them, Falcon's Prey as Penny Jordan.