Brenda Joyce's "The Perfect Bride"

The Perfect Bride - Brenda Joyce

Lovely 'unputdownable' story with a very troubled but noble heroine and the perfect tortured but noble hero. True, there was lots of drama that even veered into melodrama, but the basic story was character-driven, which I much prefer over suspense or mystery. Also quite a bit of sequel- and prequel-baiting unfortunately, but not enough to detract from the story (I just skimmed over the sections about the children of the prequel unions and didn't miss anything).