ABOUT THE BOOK
Classic Regency romance with a dash of suspense . . .
Beautiful Miss Penelope Swinton wants to live out her life as a spinster in her beloved Northamptonshire, but with an ailing father and an entailed estate, she must come to London and enter the Marriage Mart. And if she must marry, she is determined to marry for love.
In a brief respite from the social whirl of the season, she retreats from the restrictions of the ton to sketch in the park and stumbles over a French spy. When Penelope finds her life in danger, Viscount Beau Wellingham steps up to protect her, however he has secrets of his own. Wellingham leads a clandestine life as an agent for the Foreign Office trapping spies. In defending her life, he unwittingly puts her reputation at risk.
In order to save Penelope from society’s scorn, Beau presses for a betrothal. Though she resists, he insists. Soon Beau is unable to deny the attraction he feels towards her. Before he can act on his feelings, danger rises again. This time, his life is on the line.
With a desperate spy closing in, Penelope must choose the safety of what she has always known or a chance for love. But will she be too late?
Vandagriff has done it again. I always think that she can't possibly write another book as appealing as the one I just read, but she always manages to pull it off. I found Her Fateful Debut to be as compelling as all Vandagriff's other works that I have read. Beau and Penelope are both sympathetic and interesting characters. Beau, an experienced Londoner and employee of the Foreign Office, inadvertently meets Miss Penelope in a park early in the morning when the double agent he is working with attacks Penelope's sketchbook with a vengeance. This leads Beau into shadowing Penelope to protect her and then to a forced betrothal. But Penelope has her own mind and several interesting twists get in the way of Penelope and Beau really getting to know each other. But this is at its heart a romance and it was enjoyable to see Beau and Penelope's growing feelings for each other, despite their differences and the dangers involved. A great Regency romance for those like me who just can't get enough.
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