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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Lady Runaway by Ginger Hanson

Lady Runaway by Ginger Hanson
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (259 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Fleeing arrest by a spurned suitor, Lady Riana Travistock heads for London where she is knifed in a street brawl when she helps a man attacked by footpads. Luckily for Lady Riana, the victim of the attack is army surgeon Captain Devlin Carrington who takes her home to tend her injury. When Dev cuts off her blood-soaked chemise to stitch the knife wound, a fortune in jewels spill out. Has he saved a lovely jewel thief only to watch her hang?

High tension and high risk escapades with impulsive, independent Lady Riana Travistock (a.k.a. Annie Davidson) keep the adrenaline pumping.

Determined to make a life for herself, Riana maps out a plan, but the obstacles pile up. She breaks most all the rules of conduct drilled into her by Pennywise, but she perseveres. Whether clinging to a gutter pipe three stories up on the outside of a building or sipping tea in a drawing room while socializing with nobility, Riana presses toward her goal.

Captain Devlin Carrington, third son of a lord, is a doctor on leave from the war in Portugal. On a dark street in London, his life takes a turn that sends his emotions on a rollercoaster ride. While he tells himself his association with Riana is altruistic, something deep inside him stirs to life and a part of him that he didn’t know exists emerges.

Ginger Hanson creates some of the meanest and some of the sweetest characters to inhabit the pages of Lady Runaway. She paces the story so there is hardly time to catch one’s breath between the hair-raising scrapes Riana gets into. But more than that, the way she brings Devlin and Riana together, both of whom are dead set on doing their own thing, makes the story engrossing. The witty humor that threads its way among all the rules and troubles adds a special touch of fun and joy.

The secondary characters add sub-plots that enhance the story as they tie into Devlin and Riana’s lives. Sir George, the foxhound; Jeremy, and Nellie are special among these. The changing mores of early 19th century England and the changing social structure create much of the background and the motivation for the action, while good, old-fashioned love that has found its way through all kinds of changes comes in on tiptoes and settles in to stay.

Familial relationships enrich and the conflicts excite, but the LOVE is memorable. Lady Runaway is a story to enjoy more than once. It is a KEEPER.