Date: June 2011
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Pam
Obtained by Publisher
Lady Honoria Smythe-Smith has an extremely large, extended family, with a tradition of putting on a concert each year. Honoria has also been a follower of her brother Daniel and his best pal Marcus, despite the nickname they gave her, Bug. The name has followed her into adulthood, but only Marcus dares to use it.
Marcus Holroyd, Earl of Chatteris, is shy around everyone but Honoria, after Daniel is sent away for his safety after an incident at a duel. When he meets Honoria after she’s become an adult, he begins to fancy her in a different way.
When Marcus becomes very ill Honoria rushes to his side with her mother as chaperone, knowing he has no other family. As the fever becomes worse, they take matters into their own hands and pray he will recover.
This is only my impression, but the beginning of this story was quite boring, and didn’t improve until we were reading about the characters as adults.
Once the house party got underway and the chatter about husband hunting started, I found it very humorous. The girls practically dissected the potential males as Mrs. Royle their chaperone, tried to keep them in order. The story is serious and funny at the same time, and most modern women would hate to live in this time, of tight corsets etc. The musical evening was hilarious and will remind anyone who has been to a recital by amateurs, how off key it can often be.
The characters are brought to life in an interesting way and the only oddity was no weddings, which I was looking for to see if anything funny happened. The sex scenes were almost non existent, so a tale almost anyone could pick up and read.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.