A Wife Worth Investing In is an historical romance.
It opens with a Paris setting from 1828. Phoebe Brannagh has been studying under top chef Pascal Solignac. The only woman in his kitchens, she has dreams of opening her own restaurant. One evening she meets Owen Harrington, a young Englishman who is searching for his life purpose.
The pair agree to meet again in two years, when they will report back about their successes. Much happens in that time, and Owen does not make the rendezvous, while Phoebe’s own circumstances have changed dramatically. However, she is still determined to open her own restaurant, but, with few friends who could help, she seeks out Owen at his London home.
They agree to enter into a business venture, but is London society ready for such a bold move from a woman such as Phoebe?
I enjoyed the food theme of this book as well as Owen’s use of gymnastics, which added an unusual story thread; it worked well. I think this book would be much enjoyed by fans of this author and genre.
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A convenient proposal…
Makes a scandalous match!
Part of Penniless Brides of Convenience: Knocking on Owen Harrington’s door, impoverished and desperate, Miss Phoebe Brannagh wonders if London’s most eligible catch will recognise her. But injured and reclusive, Owen is no longer a carefree man. And he’s in urgent need of a convenient wife! Owen’s shock proposal allows Phoebe to fulfil her life’s ambition to open a restaurant…but his heated kisses tempt her to hope for a new dream – marriage, for real!