My Unfair Lady by Kathryne Kennedy, ISBN 9781402229909, $6.99, Sourcebooks, Publication Date = December 1, 2009.
A wild west heiress, Summer Wine Lee knows that she's not an acceptable bride for her fiance's knickerbocker family. She grew up in an Arizona mining town, cares more for critters than people, carries a knife under her skirts, and, worst of all, she has a highly improper secret from her past. But she also has high hopes that a real English Duke can teach her how to be a lady…I'm sorta, kinda waffling on getting a copy of this for myself. I'm a sucker for the My Fair Lady plot, although this kind of sets off my "wacky hijinks" alarm. Also, between Sourcebooks calling this a "unusual historical romance" in their Fall 2009 catalog, "highly improper secret" mentioned in the back cover blurb, and Kennedy's previous releases, I'm wondering if there's a fantasy/paranormal element at play here. Which I'll admit, the prospect of that doesn't thrill me - but what the hell? I can't seem to get enough of this type of plot, and the western connection flips my switch. What's one more book in the ol' TBR anyway?
Were it not for his father's gambling debts, the Duke of Monchester would never have stooped to civilize Summer. But the more time he spends with her, and the more social scrapes he has to rescue her from, the more he finds it impossible to change her into a proper lady. How could he, when he's falling in love with her just the way she is?
Oh, and that book cover just slays me. Is it wrong to fall in love with a street lamp I wonder?
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