This is a fun road trip story with likeable lead characters. It does not have quite as much emotional grip as other road trip romances from this author (Friday’s Child, Devil’s Cub), but its very entertaining all the same. And sweet.
On the verge of making a dreadful marriage, Sir Richard accidentally meets Penelope, an heiress on the run from greedy relatives. Between them they hatch a plot aided by Richard’s drunkenness and Penelope’s reckless youth, and end up on a public stage coach disguised as a tutor and pupil ‘Pen’. The rest of the story involves a diamond thief, various colourful travellers and relatives pursuing the couple.
The story is just fine, but its the main couple that give this book its charm. They have so much fun with each other and their journey. Sir Richard, known for his coldness and fashion sense, is highly entertained by the mad adventure and his fake pupil/nephew/cousin Pen. He relishes her tall tales and the ridiculous situations they encounter. You sense that Richard has never actually lived until he meets Pen. Pen herself is sweet and funny, quite naive but fearless and very loveable. She is also brutally frank and this makes for some of the funniest lines in this witty warm romance. Do read it.
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