Fiesty bride The arrangement of convenience proves a beloved romance tradition in the hands of such masters as Amanda Quick and Anne Avery. In Avery's Bartered Bride, the wealthy merchant Robert Wardwell seeks an aristocratic bride. Lady Alyce Fitzmartin, however, will not be content as a symbolic bridge between 13th-century rebels and her husband, allied with tyrannical King Henry. Wardwell finds he's gained a bride who intends to occupy his business as well as his bed a most inconvenient arrangement for a man determined not to let a woman work her way into his heart.

Sandy Huseby writes from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and Nevis, Minnesota. She is online at shuseby@aol.com.

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