Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Miss Foster Well Worth It at Twice the Price

Miss Foster's Folly
By Alice Gaines

So last week I waxed rhapsodic about the joys of free Kindle downloads, and this week I am going to rave about one I actually paid for. Miss Foster's Folly by Alice Gaines cost me all of $4.69, and frankly would have been well worth it even if I'd had to pay the standard $7.99-$9.99 for it. Miss Juliet Foster's unpleasant and immensely wealthy father has just died, leaving Juliet the wealthiest spinster in New York City. (Honestly, the reading of the will alone is worth the price of the book -- it's a scene that's both hilarious and sad.) Juliet decides she's ready for a life of adventure, but it's 1885 and any sort of scandalous behavior will likely inspire her siblings (who were less well provided for in the will) to try to have her committed so they can walk off with her money. So Juliet decides to pack her trunks and take her friend Millie and hop the first ship to Europe, where she will use an assumed name and pass herself off as a widow and take lovers all across the continent. The one wrinkle in her plan is the fact that she's a virgin, and would therefore find it difficult to convince anyone that the widow story is true. What's an enterprising spinster to do? Juliet decides her best plan is to take the visiting Marquis of Derrington as her first lover, and then leave him in New York. She encounters a snag when the handsome and rakish Marquis refuses her advances and proposes marriage instead. It seems he is under a family curse that requires he find a wife as headstrong and eccentric as he is, and he has decided that Juliet fits the bill. The result is a trans-continental romantic caper that is funny, smart and sexy, with likeable leads and an entertaining supporting cast. Should this ever become available in print, I will be buying a copy for the library. In the interim, any historical romance fans with Kindles or compatible devices should definitely acquire a copy!

Buy Miss Foster's Folly through the link below and a percentage of your purchase will go to the Friends of the Library.

1 comment:

Alice Gaines said...

What a delightful review. Thank you. I'm so glad you enjoyed Juliet and Derrington and the rest of the crew. I loved writing this book!

If I ever do get a hand on a print copy, I'll send it, autographed, for your library.


Alice Gaines