by Earl Derr Biggers
Take a risk on love in this zany romantic comedy that will charm you from the very first page! P.G. Wodehouse meets Oscar Wilde meets The Great Gatsby in this charming novel, too long forgotten and long overdue a revival.
Working for an American branch of Lloyds’ insurers, Owen Jephson is used to underwriting unusual things – weight loss in actors, inconvenient rain at garden parties, twins in the family – nonetheless he is taken aback when Lord Harrowby asks him to insure against his fiancée jilting him at the altar. Never one to turn down an interesting offer, Jephson agrees but swiftly dispatches Dick Minot to Florida to make sure that Lloyds’ assets are protected and that Cynthia Meyrick makes it down the aisle.
Unfortunately Minot promptly falls in love with Cynthia after accidentally meeting her on a train, and has to decide where his loyalties lie – should he sabotage or support the wedding, especially as it comes to light Lord Harrowby may not be all that he seems…? From then on, things go rapidly downhill as expensive necklaces go missing, long-lost brothers rear their heads and it is touch and go whether Lord Harrowby and Cynthia will eventually be joined in marriage or not…
Publication date: 25/07/2014