About the Book
Following the death of her mother, Corinna Ormesby has lived a quiet life in the countryside with her cantankerous Cousin Agnes. Her father's identity has been a tantalizing mystery, but now at nineteen Corinna knows that finding him may be her only way to avoid marriage to the odious Mr. Beech.
Deciding to head to London, Corinna dons a male disguise. Travelling alone as a young woman risks scandal and danger, but when, masquerading as a youth, she is befriended by three dashing blades, handsome and capable Alick Wolfe, dandy Ferdinand Shilton and the incorrigible Lord Purfoy, Corinna now has access to the male-only world of Regency England. And when she meets Alick's turbulent brother Darius, a betrayal of trust leads to deadly combat which only one of the brothers may survive.
From gambling in gentleman’s clubs to meeting the courtesans of Covent Garden, Corinna’s country naivety soon falls away. But when she finds her father at last, learns the truth about her parentage and discovers her fortunes transformed, she must quickly decide how to reveal her true identity, while hoping that one young man in particular can see her for the beauty and Lady she really is.
❤️ A must read for Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, and historical romance fans.
❤️ A spunky, adventurous heroine on a quest in London to find her estranged father.
❤️ An adorable dog and an endearing horse!
❤️ Three dashing blades who will make you laugh, and swoon.
❤️ A bestselling & highly rated new release.
About the Author
Jane Dunn is an historian and biographer and the author of seven acclaimed biographies, including Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters, and the Sunday Times and NYT bestseller, Elizabeth & Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens. She comes to Boldwood with her first fiction outing – a trilogy of novels set in the Regency period, the first of which, The Marriage Season, is to be published in January 2023. She lives in Berkshire with her husband, the linguist Nicholas Ostler.
Readers will enjoy this story of naive 19-year-old Corinna who runs away from home and pretends to be a boy so that she can go looking for her father. Although a light fun and Regency romance, some readers who pay attention to more of the historical details may become distracted by some of the inaccuracies and broken rules of the time, including lack of chaperones, and not obtaining a proper marriage license, etc. But even with the inaccuracies, readers will enjoy the writing style, drama, and twists and turns that Dunn has written into her story. An enjoyable, quick, and light read.
Genre: historical, Regency, romance
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Publication date: May 22, 2023
Number of pages: 350
Content warning: a few swears
Other books in the series:
1-The Marriage Season (companion novel)
Disclosure statement: A complimentary review copy of this book was provided from tour groups, publishers, publicists, authors, and others, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, Or borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR borrowed from Deseret Bookshelf, OR pre-ordered/purchased for review, including Audible. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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