Series: Pennyroyal Green #6
Published by Avon on December 27, 2011
HOW THE MARQUESS WAS WON is the sixth book in the Pennyroyal Green series. It is the story of Julian Spenser, Marquees Dryden who is determined to restore his family’s legacy by marrying Lisbeth Redmond. His plan, however, begins to crumble when he meets Phoebe Vale, Lisbeth’s paid companion. They discover in each other people of passion who have created facades in order to overcome the difficulties in their pasts. Soon plans have to change in order to accommodate their feelings for one another.
This book starts out near the end of the story and then goes back and explains how the characters got to that point. I loved how the relationship between Julian and Phoebe develops. Phoebe is no shrinking violet. She is fiery and strong. The attraction between the two completely makes sense. Unlike most books using this troupe, the difficulty between the characters arises not from the difference in their classes but rather Julian’s determination to restore the properties his father lost. I really liked these characters and I smiled and laughed at the situations the two found themselves in, especially how the ton wanted to emulate Julian.
While part of a series, a reader will not miss much by not having read the previous books.