A PRETTY PUZZLE by Marilyn Clay, is a Regency Romance set near the walled city of Chester, England. Chelsea hadn't planned to be a deceiver. She'd been the prettiest—and most penniless—young lady at Miss Farringdon's Academy in Brighton. Befriending spoiled heiress Alayna Marchmont and telling her about a family scandal was a schoolgirl's naïve mistake. Now, Alayna has blackmailed Chelsea into spending a dull month in the country with Alayna's elderly aunt while pretending to be Alayna! Both girls are blonde and a similar size, and Aunt Millicent is nearly blind.
The plan might have worked but for the arrival of Aunt Millicent's nephew, Lord Rathbone, who has come to England to claim his bride, Miss Marchmont, sight unseen. Rathbone is not disappointed with his "fiancée."
Although she fights her feelings, Chelsea is falling in love with the handsome, albeit misled, nobleman. This affair of the heart could lead to disaster, unless she can find a way to stop the foolish masquerade without losing a handsome lord's love.
"The pressure never lets up on this hero and heroine!" – Melissa Frederick.
"A clever tale, heartwarming and funny" - Emma Roundtree
MARILYN CLAY is the author of ten Regency Romance novels, all previously published in print. A PRETTY PUZZLE was originally published in print as BRIGHTON BEAUTY. Look for Marilyn Clay's newest Regency, THE WRONG MISS FAIRFAX. Look-alike cousins lead a confused gentleman on a merry chase in this Regency romp.
MARILYN CLAY is also the author of the critically acclaimed Miss Juliette Abbott Regency mystery Series; MURDER AT MORLAND MANOR, MURDER IN MAYFAIR, MURDER IN MARGATE, and MURDER AT MEDLEY PARK all are now available in print and Ebook.
If you enjoy the traditional Regency romances of Candace Hern, Bree Wolf, Jenni James, Georgette Heyer, Barbara Metzger, Caroline Miller and Joan Smith, you'll enjoy Marilyn Clay's clean, sweet, and always amusing Regency romances, none of which contain strong language, graphic scenes or violence. All of Marilyn Clay's novels are suitable for teen readers.
MARILYN CLAY's romantic historical suspense novel DECEPTIONS, released in hardcover from Five Star Gale; is now available as an Ebook. Catherine travels to the New World in search of her betrothed but finds that not all is as it seems in the New World Colony and wonders who she can trust now? Also published as THE LETTER and DANGEROUS DECEPTIONS.
SECRET AND LIES a Colonial American novel by Marilyn Clay, also set in Jamestown, was also originally published in hardcover and Ebook; re-released in paperback as A PETTICOAT AND LAMBSKIN GLOVES. Four young English girls travel to the New World on a Bride Ship but are shocked to discover that someone in Jamestown wants them all dead! (Also in Ebook as DANGEROUS SECRETS)
BETSY ROSS: ACCIDENTAL SPY, set in 1776 Philadelphia. Betsy Ross vows to uncover the killer responsible for her beloved husband John Ross' death before the ruthless, double spy can kill her, or those she holds dear.
STALKING A KILLER, a contemporary murder mystery set near Dallas. Aspiring PI Amanda Mason sets out to clear her own father of a murder charge but will she, or someone she loves, die in the process?
All of Marilyn Clay's non-fiction titles, 18th & 19th Century English Women At Sea, History of the Water Closet and three books on Regency Period Furniture are Best-Selling Ebooks online.