Is he or isn’t he?

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How well do you really know your spouse? Are you sure about that? Stories about identical twins pretending to be each other are not uncommon. They usually find it easy enough to convince friends, even parents. But could a wife be fooled?

In The Earl Takes All, Lorraine Heath says that could happen. Edward returns home from an exotic trip, bringing back the body of his late brother. Before dying, Albert, the Earl, extracted a promise.  Edward agrees not to stress his pregnant sister-in-law by revealing which twin actually died until after the baby arrives.

The other two nobles Heath introduced us to as the Hellions of Havisham in her previous book, Falling into Bed with a Duke catch on immediately. Yet somehow the widow Julia doesn’t. Albert has been away for several months. She’s become more independent in his absence.  Blah, blah. I’m not convinced.

In spite of my inability to suspend disbelief, I liked the book. Heath handles the growing attraction skillfully while not dissing the dead brother. It’s certainly possible to love more than once, just in different ways.