Rich, Southern heiress Miss Annabel Wheaton is looking to avoid love. She is looking for acceptance from the high society matrons that call her “new-moneyed, white trash” behind her back. But if she marries the Earl of Rumsford, Annabel will gain the prestige and respectability she needs to help her family gain a place in society. Her only problem is Christian Du Quesne, Duke of Scarsborough.
Paid off by Annabel’s uncle, Christian tries to convince the stubborn heiress that she is too good for the pompous philandering earl. All he has to do is stop a wedding, but the beautiful heiress could be worth much more than any sum of money.
Third in Guhrke’s “Abandoned at the Altar” series, Trouble at the Wedding is set at the turn of the century on an ocean liner. The initial spark and emotional build-up between the hero and heroine shines. Annabel is no shy wallflower. She is a whip-smart woman who isn’t afraid to take charge and get what she wants.
In turn Christian is a charmer who has responsibly thrust upon him after his older brother dies. He is a man with a plan and little else. He needs the money Annabel’s uncle is offering, but he also wants to dissuade her because her betrothed is a lecherous person. He is a good man who believes himself to be useless.
Whenever Annabel and Christian meet the reader feels the chemistry and tension leap off the page. Their interactions are fun and engaging and make you want to turn the page.
Unfortunately, this enthralling build of emotion does not endure. The story begins to feel generic and average, and after a fantastic start, makes the whole novel seem merely passable due to the spark leaving the relationship toward the end.
In the end Trouble at the Wedding is an okay book. It has its good points and its rather lackluster ones as well.