What a wonderful story. This is the standard by which Regency Romance should be judged. It doesn't need erotic love scenes to keep you interested. It is a typical fairy tale of a story, poor governess (Jane) of good family is on her way to a job as a companion. The stage she is on is stopped in it's journey by heavy snow. On the way to a nearby inn Jane stumbles upon a man lying unconscious by the side of the road. Next to him is a jewelled snuff box which she picks up. Other than that the man has nothing of value on him having been robbed. Unfortunately he has lost his memory due to a hit on the head but Jane helps him at the inn and also to reach London where she intends to ask her lawyer to help him. Between the time she goes into the office and the time she comes out to get him, he disappears. Jane takes up her new post which, unbeknownst to her, is as companion to an old adversary. The twist and turns in this story keeps you glued to the page. Who is the unconscious man? Who is Jane really? Will she be able to get a new position away from her old adversary, Celia? I hope you can read this book with as much enjoyment as I did!
Even though I gave this book a five star rating I was a little disappointed that the story finished as abruptly as it did. I would have liked to know what became of Celia. And how Jane's uncle helped Jane, and if she had a happily-ever-after marriage! Thank you Alice Chetwyhd Ley for this book.
This is a wonderful georgian/regency romance/mystery in the best style. Lovely characters in an intriguing story. Language and social mores hit the right note for the era. Good clean historical fun. Recommended without reserve for lovers of the Georgette Heyer style historical romance. The author has got closer than anyone I have yet read to the charm of Heyer.
Such a pleasure to find a book written in the style of my childhood faves such as "Little Women", tte Anne and Emily books. If only more modern romance writers could write with a deft pen rather than the heavy handedness prevalent in so many romance novels. Thanks to the author's children for bringing their mother's stories to a new generation of book lovers.