This request is from Daisy, who is looking for an historical romance she read some years back.
I'm looking for a historical, but I don't remember the title, author, or
character names. I do remember a lot of the plot though and some random
details, so hopefully someone will recognize it.
So the hero is a lord of some kind and has a whole passel of illegitimate
children who are forever misbehaving. He decides that the best way to solve
the problem is to get married so the children have a mother. He gets his
friend/relative/secondary-less-important-character-guy to go find him a wife
and marry her by proxy. Here we meet the heroine who is, for some reason,
collecting apples in her apron. Her family thinks it's a great idea to marry
her off to a complete stranger and away she goes.
Lord meets new wife, instant sparks which must be denied (I don't remember
why…). Hijinks ensue between the new wife and the mischievous, but lovable
children. The children and the wife start to get along. Later the lord and
the wife fall in love and everything is going well until a new illegitimate
baby shows up. Angry confrontation between the lord and lady reveals that
none of the children are his, he's been taking them in because his own
father left tons of by-blows everywhere and abandoned most of them,
including the hero (who somehow managed to inherit the title anyway).
I first read this in the early 2000's, but it could have been published long
before that.If anyone can help me out I'd be super appreciative.
Hijinks with a passel of kids? What could be better! Anyone remember this book?