"An enjoyable regency with just the right mix of drama and humor"
Keene Whitmore Davies is a man whose world seems to be
falling apart. His best friend George is in deep despair
over the betrayal of his wife with their mutual friend
Victor whom Keene recently shot in a duel. His brother's
recent death brought grief and need for an heir. News of
the duel results in his father, Lord Whitley's demand that
Keene wed long-ago nemesis and cousin, Sophie Farthing.
His only hope is that she will decline his offer.
Sophie is a bit of a hoyden and unable to live within her
father's strict rules. Because of a series of
misadventures, she has agreed to accept the next reasonable
marriage proposal. When she agrees to the wedding, her
father insists it take place promptly causing Keene to
On impulse Sophie takes the new horse in the stables for a
ride. She nic-name it "Grace" and as the horse was not
saddle-broken, Sophie was thrown and received a mild
concussion. After several incidents of dizziness and
fainting and Sophie admitting she had "fallen from Grace",
her parents assume the worst. After the wedding, her
father takes Keene aside and informs him of his belief that
Sophie is pregnant.
Keene's wish is that Sophie trust him and tell him of her
condition. He refuses to be a husband to her until she is
honest with him. Meanwhile, Keene is being called upon to
try to help his friends settle their differences. Sophie
believes he is ashamed of her country ways. How can they
work out their differences if Keene leaves her in the
country? So, Sophie travels secretly to London and asks
the help of Keene's friend.
Dealing with his naive country wife and his anguished
friends and their various intrigues will make this season
in London one to remember. Written in a true regency
style, you will enjoy reading this novel full of
misadventures and circumstance. I found this an
entertaining story with a fair mix of focus on Keene's
thoughts as well as Sophie's. The weaving of friendships
makes this an enjoyable caper with just the right mix of
drama and humor. Be prepared to laugh and be occasionally
frustrated with Keene's friends.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted August 8, 2002