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I have read this book as well and consider Sylvia Thorpe an exceptionally good storyteller. That said, this is a romance in the old fashioned way.
We don't get to know too much about the hero although enough to know he's a suitable match for Perdita. I've actually read this book more than once; the first time to find out wherefore and why, as Janice said, and the second time to put all the pieces together as there's a wealth of details here. I also agree that this isn't a true Gothic although it tries to be, the identity of the only possible villain too apparent to fool anyone.
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An interesting enough Cinderella story to while away an evening with. The Earl of Dorn desired a male heir to foil his cousin Benedict. When his wife Penelope died bearing a girl child, he took the male child of his mistress Carlotta and switched them. He sent the infant girl Alfreda to Nanny Green, his old governess, to be raised in rural obscurity under the name of Alfreda Green. Despite his vicious lifestyle and gambling excesses he maintained an allowance to Mrs.
Green, as well as a house for Carlotta, in exchange for their silence. Freddi was educated well and raised correctly, but without much affection. Nevertheless she grieved when Nanny Green died. After her death, with the allowance stopped, Freddi was wondering what to do when a letter from a London solicitor named North arrived, with a stage ticket, a room reservation in London, and instructions to go to the solicitor's office.
On the way to London Freddi meets Mark Savage at an inn, and when he mocks her as a bluestocking for reading Aristotle at table, she throws ale in his face. As Freddi is walking to the Inns of Court to meet with the solicitor not having enough money to pay for a hack , she assists an old lady who had slipped and almost fallen coming out of an upper class house. Freddi assumes from her clothing that the old lady is a servant. When Freddi meets with the solicitor and his son, they tell her that they have found proof that she is the Earl's legitimate daughter and heir.
Because they value justice above loyalty to their client, they want to help her, but they fear that she will be in danger if the Earl is threatened by this scandal -- and his son Roger by the loss of his inheritance. Roger is known in his neighborhood as a vicious bully; he has already tried to win a bet with Mark's younger brother Jeremy by damaging his vehicle.
The lady Freddi had helped has been waiting in the other room for the outcome of this interview. She is not a servant -- she's the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Calthorp, Freddi's maternal grandmother, and the first family Freddi has ever known. Between them all they hatch a plot to bring Freddi into society safely, so that the Dorns won't find her until the case against them is complete. The Duchess will give out that she needs a young companion, and Freddi will be disguised -- her distinctive red hair will be dyed, and her distinctive blue eyes will be hidden by spectacles. But Freddi doesn't want wealth or position -- all she's really wanted all her life is a place where she belongs.
Can she find that with Mark, a man who appears to disdain her? This is a short trad regency, in the old style, heavy on plot and incident -- the sort of thing you keep reading to find out what happened, and then easily forget. I found it entertaining enough, though not as good as Miss Cayley's Unicorn; the author's stylistic quirks began to annoy me after a while. I can't urge anyone to seek it out, but it's a pleasant read if you run across it. This story begins at the moment the previous book ends, with Sir Edward standing on the road to Rye after his failed abduction of Lady Satin, and wondering if she was right when she said he was more in love with having his way than he ever was with her.
He decides to go on to Brighton, and makes a stop for the night at the Mermaid Inn in Rye, intending to get thoroughly drunk and forget it all with his best friend Jules Stamford. Miss Star Berkley is the 20 year old sister of the 22 year old Squire. Her brother Vern faced a mountain of debt when he inherited, and has turned to shady doings with a thug named Farley for money to rescue his lands and eventually give Star the London Season he wants for her. Just now he is very sick with fever, and can't keep his appointment with Farley at the Mermaid Inn, so Star disguises herself as a boy and takes the message herself.
She hopes in the dim light to pass as Vern, but she runs into Sir Edward in the hall, and he pulls a button with a distinctive emblem off her coat. When Sir Edward is formally introduced to Miss Berkley at her home, he recognizes that emblem on her wall is the same as on the button, and is determined on finding out exactly what's going on.
Meanwhile he comes to believe that his best friend Jules is in love with Star -- and if he tries to stand in Jules's way, he will be betraying their friendship. This book centers on Sir Edward completing the maturation process that began when Lady Satin escaped him and he had to face his own motives in pursuing her. There is a subsidiary romance between Star's best friend Georgie and Edward's best friend Jules. There's a kidnap and thuggery plot, but it's subsidiary to the characters sorting themselves out. It would be helpful to read Lord Wildfire first if you got through a heroine named Lady Satin, you won't balk at one named Star , but it's not really necessary, as none of its characters except Sir Edward recur in this book.
I liked it and would recommend it if you're in the mood for a light, undemanding one hour read. The three Misses Hartington - Aglaia, Thalia and Euphrosyne - have lived with their eccentric cat-loving Aunt Elvira since their parents died. Each girl is lovely and each has a special talent - Aggie is good tempered, Thalia is a scholar, and Euphie is a gifted pianist.
Their aunt has never had any interest in marrying or even going into society, and though she has treated the girls kindly in her way, she doesn't understand that their feelings differ. When Aunt Elvira dies suddenly, the girls are shocked to learn that she made only token provision for them in her will.
With no other prospects, the girls are forced to separate to find positions. Aggie, the eldest at 19, goes as a nursery governess to Mrs James Wellfleet. While there Aggie meets Robert Dudley, a childhood friend who once teased her over her name, calling her "Uglea"; she finds that now that he's grown up, he's not so repellent anymore. Thalia, the middle sister, goes as a teacher at the Chadbourne School, where she meets James Elguard.
James intends a career in the church, and is enchanted to find a girl who shares his intellectual interests, but their romance hits a snag when Lady Agnes Crewe, a spiteful pupil and the school's "mean girl", spreads scandalous gossip about Thalia. Euphie, the youngest sister at 17, goes as a lady's companion to Lady Fanshawe in London. Her son, Giles, Earl of Westdeane, is London's most eligible bachelor and hotly pursued by all the matchmaking mamas. He too loves music, though he does not perform, and he finds Euphie a refreshing change from the insipid or conniving debs thrust into his path.
The book has a section for each girl's experiences, and a fourth section when they are all brought together again in London. When they are seen together there for the first time, they become known as The Three Graces. I found it a pleasant, relaxing read, with some mild humor, mostly due to the kittens. There are one or two memorable subsidiary characters. I particularly liked shy Mary Deming, who hungers for books and literature and is bullied by the dreadful Lady Agnes, and I liked her courage in speaking up for Thalia against her enemy.
There aren't any huge melodramatic issues in this book; the girls are not abused in their employment or in danger from murderous potential heirs or any of that. It's mostly just about the eternal problem of finding the right husband. The book is not written in the snappy, florid style currently in favor, there's no sex in it, and on the whole it couldn't be sold today, and that's a shame because it's really quite enjoyable - a nice spring day's read. It's been a while since I read this story and like Janice I enjoyed it.
Jane Ashford is an excellent writer and her prose is a joy to read. However, I thought the book a bit too short for the stories of all three girls as it left very little room for developing each character, hence it reads more like a collection of short stories than one solid novel.
I believe this book would have been better if it had been somewhat longer although the stories are too intertwined to make three separate books in a series. It is still a fun read and if you feel like something light and fluffy, this would certainly fit the bill. Miss Georgina Cayley lives with her widowed father, Squire Cayley. The Squire is a brutal, coarse man; he gives Gina little to run the house on and his servants are all terrified of him. He has as a guest one Captain Ruthbane, who made his money as a slaver -- a man as rough and cruel as her father, if not more so. Her father informs Gina that she is to be married to Ruthbane in three days.
Gina cries out No! It's far from the first time he has hit her.
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The servants help her to her room and there she plans an escape. Her father has had all her clothes taken away, but her maid Meggie brings her an old dress of Cook's Cook finds out and adds a cloak and hat , the other servants give her a few coins, and Gina leaves home in the driving rain, intending to go to London and find some sort of place there. Earl Delatorr Stephen is the product of a dysfunctional marriage. His beautiful mother has numerous lovers, and his father has his own arrangements.
While escorting his mother to a ball, she nearly traps Stephen into making an announcement of his engagement to a girl she has chosen, as this will help her regain her respectability in exchange for the girl's mother entry into society. In another incident afterwards Stephen is manipulated by a woman into a challenge with his best friend. Stephen rebels and leaves London that night, riding alone on his one-man stallion Lucifer.
Drenched in the same rainstorm Gina is out in, by the time he finds a small inn he has caught a fever. The inn's owners are afraid he has some sort of plague and want to get rid of him without getting into trouble, so they bundle him into an old caravan, with some food and water. They hitch Lucifer to it somehow but they don't rob Stephen; they take only enough coins to cover the caravan and the food. The caravan is painted with various mythological designs, the chief one being a scene of a unicorn being lured by a virgin, with armed men waiting in the background to capture it.
To Stephen this is a metaphor for what women do to men, and he compares himself to the innocent unicorn lured in and trapped by a woman. Stephen is sick, abandoned in the woods, when Gina comes across him. At the same time her father and the captain catch up with her trail. Gina hides under the caravan; Stephen sees what brutes the two men are and does not tell on her.
The exertion brings on his fever again, but Gina says with him and finds Dr.