“Love is blind – and marriage is an institution for the blind!” — Justin Abernathy, divorce attorney
In his years as a Phoenix divorce attorney, Justin Abernathy has seen it all –and the bitter marital wars he’s witnessed have left him disillusioned with love. So when Justin decides to get married, he’s seeking a sensible, practical wife who wants the same things he does – a stable marriage and a family, with the promise of forever – accompanied by no mess, no sentiment, and no silly business about love. His announcement sends his confidential secretary, Alisa McClenaghan, into whoops of laughter – until she discovers that she is the bride he’s chosen.
Alisa is still recovering from the heartbreak she suffered when the man she loved married her sister – and when the newlyweds pop into her life again, Alisa turns to Justin and the sensible match he offers. But then she breaks all the rules by falling in love – with her husband.
An “accidental historical” is a book which was contemporary at the time it was written, but the passage of time has turned it into a classic period piece (e.g., before cell phones, Uber, no-smoking laws, and many modern attitudes).