"deep historical piece inside a strong character driven romance"
In 1751 in a remote part of Ireland, Duke John and
Elizabeth Gunning, meeting for the first time, share a
Midsummer Night's Dream encounter. Both are attracted to
one another, but neither expects an aristocrat and a
commoner to run into each other ever again as their
circles are quite different.
Elizabeth's pushy mom plans to have both her daughters
perform on the stage. She turns to her friend actress Peg
Wolffington for help. Peg takes to the two young females
and arranges for the three women to see her perform at
Dublin Castle. She goes so far as to sham a relationship
insisting that the two siblings are daughters of Viscount
Mayo, a lord in the most remote isolated part of the
country. However, also at the castle is John, whose
silence can only be bought with kisses from the real
Elizabeth, not the performer.
This is a fun Georgian Era romance that puts a twist on
the taboo of acting by making it an acceptable
occupation. The story line grips the readers as John and
Elizabeth fall in love, but must cope with the overarching
reach of her mom, who would be the mother-in-law from
hell. Fans of the period will enjoy Virginia Henley's
latest tale because as usual the author provides a deep
historical piece inside a strong character driven romance.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 16, 2003