The Five-minute MarriageBook - 1978
First comes marriage.
Then comes love.
Then things start to get reallycomplicated.
Desperate to help her ailing mother, Delphie Carteret agrees to a sham wedding ceremony to her cousin, Gareth. Her mother will be guaranteed annuity for life, and Gareth's obligation to marry before his sick uncle passes is fulfilled. The plan is perfect.
But perfect plans usually go awry. Not only is the marriage ceremony valid, but Gareth's dying uncle makes a miraculous recovery. An imposter is threatening Delphie's identity and her life, and the whole family is on the brink of scandal.
As Gareth and Delphie try to mastermind a way out of this mess, they begin to discover that what's between them may be surprisingly real...
Praise for Joan Aiken:
"Ingenious...a country-dance in high style, twirled to the tune of a proven virtuoso." --Kirkus ReviewsforThe Five-Minute Marriage
"Delightful and humorous." --Historical Novels Review forEliza's Daughter