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The Bargain - Mary Jo Putney An old favorite, read again in a new edition. The first 2/3 of the book is basically flawless, the suspense, the characters, and the plot, all excellent. The plot weakens at the end, the ending is a bit too obvious and inevitable.

Main characters
Jocelyn Kendal, only child of the Earl of Cromarty, who discovers a nasty surprise in her father's will. She must marry to keep the large fortune she has inherited.

Major David Lancaster, fatally wounded soldier in his last days, is introduced to Jocelyn and they make a devil's bargain. They will marry, Jocelyn will keep her inheritance and David's spinster sister will get a nice annuity.

But after a series of coincidences, David recovers. Now what to do with the marriage?

Two charming protagonists, good secondary characters, and the wonderful comparisons between Jocelyn's townhouse and the hospital round out the list of assets for this novel.