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Monday, October 26, 2009

Lost in Almack's by Lesley-Anne McLeod

Lost in Almack's by Lesley-Anne McLeod
Publisher: Uncial Press
Genre: Regency/Historical
Length: Short (20 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

When Lady Genevra Haven becomes lost in the back corridors and staircases of Almack's, she needs courage and ingenuity as well as charm and confidence, to avoid social ruin and salvage her successful debut.

This charming Regency short story revolves around the vanity and social mores of the daily wolf-pack – sorry, I mean visitors – to Almack's.

There no business more important to a mama’s heart than to see her daughter suitably and swiftly married off to a man of money and social standing. His moral and ethical standing have little or no relevance in the equation, so when Lady Genevra Haven's mother, the Countess of Raynham, demands that her daughter removes her glasses in order not to look ‘like a bluestocking or too bookish’ the inevitable mayhem ensues.

When the friends she met on arrival desert her in the Withdrawing Room, Generva is faced with her dreaded nightmare. She can barely make out the three doors that lead from the room, but has no idea which one to choose.

To find out what adventures she experiences before being rescued by another visitor suffering from the combination of vanity and poor vision, you will have to read this charming story.

Lesley-Anne McLeod packs plenty of entertaining action into twenty pages and her heroine and hero come through victorious when they confound both social etiquette and parental expectation. This is an enjoyable and fun read.