Kelly, Carla: Admiral’s Penniless Bride, The

The Admiral’s Penniless Bride, by Carla Kelly is a quite enjoyable marriage-of-convenience Regency romance with some unusual touches—well, okay, I haven’t read widely in the genre for quite a few years, so maybe a matter-of-factly disabled male protagonist, Jewish neighbors dealing with anti-Semitism, and a child rescued from what is plainly stated to be sexual abuse are no longer unusual. Until it feels the need to have a plot, which is predictable and unpleasant and unnecessary. If this is your kind of thing, stop reading at, let’s see, halfway through chapter nineteen—you won’t miss a thing. Unfortunately I wish I had, because that sort of plot now leaves a bad taste in my mouth, genre furniture or no.

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