Lady Margaret Wentworth’s brother Gerald was unfortunately killed during the war, leaving Maggie to care for his London house and the servants that are dependant on her for a living. There is little cash in her inheritance, so Maggie does the scandalous thing of earning a living – continuing the writing career that her brother started. Before the opening of the book she has disguised herself to, for example, investigate a gentleman’s gambling club to write about, something that would horrify society if they suspected who G W Clark really was. Now Maggie is investigating a brothel, conducting interviews in the very brothel housing the infamous ‘Lady X’.
Lord Ramsey was a good friend of Gerald – in fact Gerald died saving his life. James had promised Gerald to watch over his sister. To live up to that vow, James employed an investigator on his return – an investigator who identified Maggie as Lady X. Now James is determined to save Maggie from herself, and on the very night she next travels to the brothel, James kidnaps her and takes Maggie to his estate. The issue of mistaken identity is resolved about half way through the book and Maggie returns to London, soon followed by James, but now it appears that someone is trying to harm her…
Sands has a definite feel for comic situations. From the kidnap to the talking at cross purposes that goes on for days between James and Maggie, to Maggies attempt at escape, to the events that seem destined to happen whenever they go into a library, the talented Sands is able to infuse a lighthearted element even into moments of danger or stress. And in this case it even carries across to the love life of the two central characters – right up to the very last page.
The eccentric servants, the brothel owner, James’ aunt and his best friend all make excellent secondary characters. I’m sure all readers of romance would enjoy this lively example.