Married by Midnight: A Pembroke Palace Novella by Julianne MacLean brings hope to the heart of anyone about to enter into an arranged marriage, or a marriage of convenience. It lets us believe that love can blossom between any two people under the most peculiar of circumstances. And who doesn’t want to believe in such a dream?
Anne lives in virtual exile in Yorkshire after having disgraced herself a few years ago. She is approached by the Pembroke family with an unusual proposition. The Duke of Pembroke is growing senile and is sure that calamity will strike if all his sons are not wed by Christmas night. He pledges his fortune to charity on this condition, and his sons scramble to get their youngest sibling to tie the knot. Lord Garret has stayed away from his family since an altercation with the Duke eight years ago. He reluctantly agrees to enter into a contract marriage. Anne and Garret need to convince the Duke that they really care for each other. But are they ready to handle the emotions that surface when they are drawn to each other? Will Garret be able to handle the truth when old secrets are laid bare?
Married by Midnight is a heartwarming and hilarious story. All the characters, right from the sick Duke to his bold daughter add to the story. There is much more hidden under the genteel veneer than I let on, of course. And the only way you will discover it is by picking up this book.