way too far fetched - but the characters are hilarious particularly Nicky!
I loved the supporting characters in the novel, particularly Nicky and Bouncer.
However, overall though the hero, Lord Carlyon was just too "perfect" - they describe him as a "complete hand" and "all knowing" but at times he was annoying and I could feel the heroine's frustration.
Elinor Rochdale, the reluctant widow and heroine in this chick lit is a bit too much of a "poor me" Orphan Annie at times. She's from a "good" family but has to earn her living and is bowled over by his lordship. It was rather tiresome.
There were loads of glaringly obvious plot holes. And the hero and heroine fall in love too quickly. Additionally, the hero wants the heroine to marry his cousin in order to avoid inheriting his cousin's (non-entailed) estate. But surely if he marries the heroine its back in his hands anyway? And if society will be convinced that the widow paid off all her deceased husband's debt with the money (from the estate) than surely they can believe that would be the case for the hero too. There were also other awful plot holes but i don't want to spoil the story.
Stepping into the wrong carriage at a Sussex village, Elinor Rochdale is swept up in a thrilling and dangerous adventure. Overnight the would-be governess becomes mistress of a ruined estate and partner in a secret conspiracy to save a family's name.
By midnight she is a bride, by dawn a widow.
A typically thrilling and sweeping tale of romance and tragedy, The Reluctant Widow is Georgette Heyer at her best - the undisputed queen of historical romance