"a charming regency romance"
Meg Hayward's family has fallen on hard times; in order to
make ends meet, she sells her art work. When her seller
sells a copy of an antique fan that she made as the
authentic one, Meg and her sister, Livy, travel to London
to give the real fan to the purchaser, the Earl of
When the two sisters arrive, Lord Wakefield is having a bad
day, because he has just had another run-in with his
irresponsible nephew over more of his nephew's gambling
debts. He feels that the last thing he needs to deal with
are these two swindlers. However, Meg refuses to leave
until she can replace the fan; therefore, they travel with
the Earl to get the fan from his grandmother. Once there,
Meg breaks the copy and gives the original to the Dowager
Countess. The Countess takes an instant liking to the two
sisters and hires Meg to paint a mural on her conservatory
walls. The Earl decides to keep a close eye on the two
sisters and try to ignore his attraction to Meg.
The Earl, who Meg calls "Lord High and Haughty", appears to
be just that but he uses a haughty manner as a cover for
his softer side. He is a wonderful hero. He is a good and
caring landlord who dotes on his invalid grandmother. He
goes out of his way to aid Jonathan, his friend who has
lost an arm in the war and is addicted to laudanum.
THE FOUNTAINBLEAU FAN is a charming regency romance with
great characters and an interesting plot. It contained
several amusing scenes involving a nude statue of Apollo.
There was also a great secondary romance between Livy and
Jonathan. I enjoyed the unusual occupation of the heroine
and the hero is one of my favorite types, the stiff upper
lip type with a mushy center. It is wonderful to find a
new regency author to enjoy! If you like regencies, give
THE FOUNTAINEBLEAU FAN a try.
© Copyright 2002
Reviewed for ParaNormal
Romance and BOOK ISLE
Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted October 3, 2002