"A top rate historical romance"
In 1798 Naples, English sea Captain Edward Winterworth
meets Naples Signora Francesca Robin at her art gallery.
They are immediately attracted to one another, but Edward
acts nasty and somewhat aloof towards her believing she is
just another local con artist scamming His Majesty's
When Napoleon threatens Naples, the English fleet decides
to evacuate the area. A half-English person like Francesca
is in jeopardy if she remains behind when the French
arrive. She knows she must leave Naples immediately, but
Admiral Nelson refuses to take her with the Navy, ignoring
even Lady Hamilton's plea. Edward volunteers to marry her
so she can accompany him. Desperate, she accepts and once
married they seem happy together until the Admiralty
summons Edward back to London. There he learns that he now
is a Duke and no longer part of the Navy because his
aristocratic rank requires him kept safe. A frightened
Francesca runs away feeling inadequate to be the wife on a
noble, leaving it to Edward to prove he loves her and needs
her by his side.
Miranda Jarrett is known for her historical romances
especially those set in the Colonial, Georgian, and Regency
periods. Her latest tale THE VERY DARING DUCHESS centers
on a typical Regency theme starring two likable lead
characters. However, the descriptions of Naples right
before Napoleon provides a rare freshness and depth that
turns this into a strong Regency romance that any fan of a
historical tale will fully cherish.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 4, 2001