Mary Jo Putney graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in eighteenth-century literature and industrial design. A New York Times bestselling author, she has won numerous awards for her writing, including two Romance Writers of America RITA Awards, four consecutive Golden Leaf awards for Best Historical Romance, and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance. She was the keynote speaker at the 2000 National Romance Writers of America Conference. Ms. Putney lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit her Web site at www.maryjoputney.com.
Hoping to exploit the success of Putney's Fallen Angels series, Fawcett is launching its first rack-size hardcover romance‘small enough to fit on the mass market shelves at the local supermarket but durable enough to cost more. There were originally four "dashing, complicated Regency rakes," as Putney once called the heroes of her Fallen Angels, but with the quartet finished in 1995, she has continued to write spinoffs‘River of Fire and now this novel. Stephen, fifth Duke of Ashburton, seventh Marquess of Benfield, etc., learns that he has only a few more months to live. Widowed (the former duchess was a cold girl with a fondness for needlework) and childless, Stephen takes to the road to ponder his fate and joins a roving troupe of Midlands actors. In an uncharacteristic move for the dutiful duke, he asks one of the actresses, Rosalind (the "perfect Rose") to marry him and share his last weeks on earth. Veterans of historical romance will twig to Stephen's "disease" pretty quickly, but the hero and heroine figure it out a few tedious, gastric chapters later; meanwhile a sugarcoated out-of-body experience teaches him all about love. Like the other couples who inhabit this series‘and for all their servants, swell clothes and cavernous residences‘Stephen and Rose are basically a nice middle-class pair. Spies or thieves, gypsies or dukes, Putney's lovers are fundamentally alike: scratch those checkered pasts and you have the makings of a carpool. (June)
"* "In her superb, inimitable style, Putney takes a pair of magnetic, beautifully matched protagonists, places them in a dark, impossible situation, and makes it work." - Library Journal * "One Perfect Rose is Mary Jo Putney in top form." - Romantic Times"
Stunned when his family physician tells him that he only has a few months to live, Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton, escapes Ashburton Hall and temporarily leaves his responsibilities behind to wander the countryside anonymously as he tries to sort out his feelings and reconcile himself to his apparent fate. However, when his heroic rescue of a young boy results in his becoming part of a traveling theater company, he meets the compelling Rosalind Jordan. In her superb, inimitable style, Putney (River of Fire, Signet, 1996) takes a pair of magnetic, beautifully matched protagonists, places them in a dark, impossible situation, and makes it work. This title is the first of Ballantine's new "keeper" series of paperback-sized hardcover romances and should be in demand by Putney fans and libraries. She lives in Baltimore.