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The Admiral's Penniless Bride by Carla Kelly
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Jan 05, 12

Read from January 02 to 04, 2012

Another delightful tale from Ms. Kelly! Recently retired after 30 years in the Navy, Admiral Sir Charles Bright has time on his hands and two sisters determined to find him a wife and decorate his new estate. He has chosen to make a marriage of convenience with the spinster sister of one of his captains, but when he doesn't appear for their second meeting, he impulsively proposes marriage to a penniless woman sitting in the dining room of the Drake.

Four years ago, Sally Paul's husband committed suicide after being charged with a crime he didn't commit. Since the death of her son two years ago, Sally has worked as a companion. She came to Plymouth to take up a new position, but, regrettably, the woman to whom she was to be a companion died the day before Sally arrives. The woman's daughter-in-law refuses to give Sally money to travel back to Bath, and the single penny in her reticule is only enough for a cup of tea at the Drake.

Sally does not take Admiral Bright's proposal seriously. Several days later, when he repeats it, she has little choice: She has not found a position, so it's the admiral or the poorhouse. But what begins as a marriage of convenience could change into something much better...if the secrets of Sally's past don't come back to haunt her.

Ms. Kelly's characters are vividly drawn. Admiral Bright is 45, with a hook in place of his left hand. His butler has an eyepatch and a peg leg. Sally's scars are not as visible, but they are just as real. Drawn to each other, Sally and the admiral must come to terms with their new lives, their marriage, and each other. Although parts of the story were predictable, I enjoyed the book very much.
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