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Miss Valentine Welburn has returned from Calcutta to stay with her godfather, Lord Mountjoy. She is to make her come out at the London season and hopefully find a husband. She is an heiress and her unconventional behaviour means she stands out from the crowd. Unfortunately someone who knew her in Calcutta has also appeared in London and could cause trouble for her.

This is a light-hearted Regency romantic short story which will appeal to readers of this author's `Pride and Prejudice' continuations. It may also appeal to those readers who have read and loved the modern Mountjoy novels. The characters are well drawn and interesting and I would love to read more about Valentine herself and the nineteenth century Mountjoys.
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on 26 March 2014
I enjoyed Elizabeth Aston's Mountjoy novels (from back when she was Elizabeth Pewsey), and there were a couple of good reviews, so I thought I would try this. Unfortunately, it was poor. The period and story seemed heavily based on Georgette Heyer, but without the wit, style or meticulous research. It felt out-of-step from the beginning - the story is set in 1800, but the description of the arrival of a free-spirited - unmarried - young woman, travelling on her own from India seemed to belong at least a century later. After some further unlikely incidents, and at least one blatantly wrongly-placed real historical character*, the sense of period got lost for me and the boring characters didn't make up for it. I gave up towards the middle.

{*For pedants: reference is made to 'Mrs Burrell', one of the patronesses of Almack's, who is supposed to be the heroine's godmother. Mrs Burrell at the time-period of the novel would have been about 14 years old - i.e. several years younger than the heroine.}
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on 19 February 2014
Shame this is just a short story as the story was such a good read. Nicely drawn plot and a heroine that's not over the top. The two men vying for her hand are also so believable. A few twists and turns that you might not expect so it kept my interest high. It was also excellent to meet another Mountjoy. Great writing form an experienced and accomplished author. More please.
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on 11 February 2015
Too short
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