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A Royal Connection by Margaret SummervilleSignet Regency Romance, April, 1998.
Paperback, 224 pages.
Lady Selena Paget has waited all her life to come out in London society; it sounded like such fun. Unfortunately, the reality of the social whirl is nothing like Lady Selena imagined it! The suitors are deadly dull and she finds the tight social strictures placed upon young ladies of the London ton immensely irritating. Then one day she meets the infamous rake Lord Heathfield who is a notorious rival of her overprotective brother, the Duke of Melford. To make matters more complicated, Lord Heathfield's cousin, Prince Maximilian of Brunconia arrives in London hoping to win the heart of England's Princess Charlotte. Soon, Lady Selena is plunged into romantic and political intrigue involving a shady aristocrat and his sister who also hail from the tiny country of Brunconia and who may have been involved in the theft of that tiny country's royal treasures. As Selena works to solve the Brunconian mystery and to quash her feelings for the dashing Lord Heathfield, events conspire to force Selena to confront her feelings even in the face of violent opposition to the match from her brother, the Duke.
A Royal Connection is a charming, clever and lighthearted romp through the upper strata of London society. The mystery of the Brunconian crown jewels is intriguing and the descriptions of the machinations surrounding royal matchmaking are detailed and amusing. The hero, Lord Heathfield, is strong-willed yet dashing and likeable. A wonderful escape from the modern world.
The Unlikely Angel by Nadine MillerSignet Regency Romance, April, 1998.
Paperback, 224 pages.
Tess Thornhill is the daughter of a rich London merchant. Shunning her luxurious lifestyle and considered an old maid at 25, Tess has devoted her life to helping those less fortunate than herself in London's worst slums by running the Laura Wentwood for Abandoned Children, many of whose occupants are castoffs of London's most notorious rakes and their conquests. When her landlord raises the rent Tess marches forth to do battle with Justin Anthony Warre, Viscount Sanderfield, whom she envisions as a seducer of poor servant girls who cares only for his own selfish pleasures. Arriving on the Viscount's doorstep, she finds him to be totally unlike what she was expecting. Born with a club foot, forced to work around his own disability all his life, the Viscount is strong, quiet and actually willing to listen to her pleas for the abandoned children -- one of whom was sired by his own reprobate brother. Viscount Sanderfield, home from a long foreign sojourn to claim his rightful title as the next Duke of Sanderfield, is intrigued by "Terrible Tess" who, although highborn, spends all her time helping the poor and trying to assist her would-be suitor Drew Wentworth (a reformer with political aspirations) run for office on a platform of welfare and child labor law reform. Soon both Tess and Lord Warre find themselves attracted to each other despite all their differences. Thrust into political intrigue and a romantic triangle both Tess and Justin must fight to find true love -- and a way of life they can both embrace.
Nadine Miller has created a fascinating and unique Regency romance with a conscience. Painstakingly researched, The Unlikely Angel provides a shocking glimpse into the life of London's lower strata of society. Child labor, prostitution and theft are common in the slums which are a world removed from the elegance of the ton. Tess and Justin are believable, flawed human characters who overcome the obstacles put before them. An excellent romance that will entertain while making you think.
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