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Reviewed by Antoinette Wessels for Readers' Favorite
A Counterfeit Wife by Paullett Golden is a real basis for a fairy tale. A merchant arranges a marriage for his daughter to the Marquess of Pickering who inherited a bankrupt estate. Phoebe Whittington has no plans to follow through with her father’s arrangement and devises a plan to escape this marriage. Her plan involves her lady’s maid J’non pretending to be her and marrying Lord Pickering. J’non refuses to participate in this dangerous and ridiculous plan, but she is forced into it by her selfish employer. With no way out of this situation, J’non makes her way to the estate of Lord Pickering with the intention of informing him of the fraudulent plan and setting everything straight. But fate has other plans and before long J’non is married to the Marquess of Pickering. When love enters the equation, it becomes even more difficult for J’non to tell the truth, but unfortunately, the truth always comes out.
What a delightful tale that promises true love will conquer all. Stories like A Counterfeit Wife by Paullett Golden give me hope that all will turn out well in the end and everyone will find the happy ending they deserve. Golden had me on my toes a few times, making me believe that this was the end for the lovely sweet J’non, a character you just can’t help rooting for. The novel ensures there are enough cliffhangers to keep you entertained, but is still light-hearted enough that you will feel relaxed while reading it. Character development took place until the very last chapter and I enjoyed seeing the main characters bringing out the best in each other. This story made me believe in true love again. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a lovely historical romance.