Clare Darcy is a pseudonym for Mary Deasy (1914-1978) and her books are a delight to read.
Elyza Leigh, dressed as a boy, has run away from her chaperone who is insistent that she marry Sir Edward Mottram. Sir Edward does not wish to marry, but his mother is pushing him to latch on to Elyza's dowry.
After spending the night at an inn, Elyza discovers her purse has been stolen and she is unable to pay her bill. Fortunately she is rescued by Cleve Redmayne who offers to take her to Bath where her great-aunt lives.
During the journey, their conversation leads them to make some changes in their plans.
This is a well-written, entertaining story set in London and Brighton. (No, they never get to Bath.)
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