To Catch An Heiress by Julia Quinn ReviewAvon, July 1998.
Paperback, 377 pages.
Caroline Trent will come into her own money on her upcoming birthday in just 6 weeks, but not if her odious guardian has anything to say about it. He is hell-bent on marrying Caroline off to his own half-wit son in order to get control of her fortune. But Caroline is just as determined not to marry the detestable Percival Prewitt, and so runs away. Agent of the British crown Blake Ravenscroft has waited a long time to get his hands on the notorious spy, Carlotta de Leon, and so is overjoyed to capture her on a dark road just where British intelligence had predicted she would be. There's only one problem -- he's captured Caroline, not Carlotta. Caroline keeps mum about her identity in order to escape her guardian, but of course Blake soon learns the truth. By that time, sparks are flying between the two and they must team up to find out who Carlotta's local contact is and to put a stop to the espionage ring.
Caroline Trent is a feisty, intelligent and amusing heroine who has a habit of recording new vocabulary words in her journal to reflect the day's events, as well as the appropriate use of the word in a sentence -- which are usually quite funny. The repartee is quick and snappy and the lead characters appealing. Another wonderfully entertaining journey with the gifted Julia Quinn.
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