In a simple marriage of convenience, debt-ridden Duke of Cheviot weds Sarah, granddaughter of the wealthy, bumptious merchant William Patterson. The title character in Joan Wolf's Golden Girl is no simpleton, however, and she confronts every challenge with zeal, whether validating her artistic talent, loving the Duke, even solving mysterious accidents that threaten her life. Wolf delivers this sparkling historical with a purity of storytelling that's 24-karat treasure.

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