When Venetia Milton agreed to photograph some items for the obscure Arcane Society, she didn’t know the powerful attraction she would feel for Gabriel Jones, her employer. She had always been, by necessity, the model of propriety; but after meeting Mr. Jones, she decides on one grand night of passion to cherish for the rest of her life. If only she can figure out how to seduce someone…
Soon after their mutually satisfactory encounter, Venetia hears of Gabriel’s death. She renames herself Mrs. Jones, a widow, in honor of their experience together and in order to gain respect as a photographer. She and her family move to London, where her photographic career blossoms. Everything is running smoothly until her faux husband, Mr. Gabriel Jones, appears in London, looking for the wife he did not know he had.
Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Amanda Quick, has penned another satisfyingly scintillating novel of historical England, this one taking place late in the Victorian era. Her trademark combination of strong-willed inquisitive heroine and equally strong-willed, dominating hero never fails to entertain. She is a master of witty dialogue.