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Thursday, November 20, 2008

No Place for a Lady

No Place for a Lady by Connie Crow
Publisher: Awe-struck eBooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Camellia

Lady Janette Dupree wants to go home; she wants to help her brother re-establish their family in Paris after Napoleon's defeat. But a bullet through their town house window made it clear she's not safe yet. Wounded, she must accede to her brother's wishes and return to England; a noble exile—again.

American diplomat, Andrew Delong must secure vital trade treaties with England if the shaky new America is to survive as a nation. His patriotic heart beats strong, but he is completely distracted when he meets the charming French noblewoman taking up residence with his aunt and uncle, the Duke of Guilworth. They must find a way to balance personal happiness against duty to allow them to find the happiness they both deserve.

With well-developed characters, Connie Crow creates a good-feeling love story that includes issues of trust, intrigue, injustice, ambition, pettiness, all the foibles of the haut ton and the arranged marriage customs of that time.

No Place for a Lady is set in the Regency Era when England, France, and America are all in volatile transition. The Napoleonic War has forced many noble families to flee France and leave their vast holdings to the ravages of war and the downtrodden poor people of that country.

Janette Dupree, the daughter of one of those noble families, has lived in exile all her life and longs to live in the French home her mother told her about as she was growing up. After the death of her parents, she finally gets to go to the family townhouse in Paris where she is shot. Her brother Emile knows she must go into exile once more. Back in England with the doting Duke and Duchess of Guilworth, Janette strives to gain some kind of control over her own life.

Andrew De Long, an American diplomat and nephew of the Duchess, comes to Meadow View, the summer home of the Guilworths. He and Janette are drawn to each other but each recognizes the vast chasm between their worlds as well as the plans each has made for the future. As Connie Crow weaves that golden thread of their awakening love through the events, both large and small, of the Regency Era in 1815, the reader is immersed in the maelstrom of conflicts the two young people must overcome.

For a reader who enjoys love stories of the Regency Era, this one is a delight.