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Intrigue by M. C. Beaton,
This review is from: Intrigue (The Daughters of Mannerling Series) (Paperback)
Intrigue is the second novel in the series, Daughters of Manenrling – by M.C. Beaton aka Marion Chesney.
The eldest daughter, Isabella, one of the six Beverley sisters, failed to marry the previous owner of Mannerling, which their late father lost by gambling, along with his fortune. However, the bevy of beauties are not discouraged. They ‘pin their hopes’ on the second eldest sister, Jessica, who they want to marry the son of the new owner of Mannerling, “a brutal letch, a drunkard and a wastrel, but Jessica, blinded by determination, vows to secure a betrothal. She is barely aware of the attentions of handsome, charming Professor Robert Sommerville”, who forsees that Jessica and her sisters’ passion for Mannerling “will lead to disaster for all concerned.”
The sisters’ mother, Lady Beverley, decides that her “elegant daughters were becoming common and countrified.” To counteract this she forbids them to speak to the odd job man, Barry, who cares about Isabella and her sisters’ fate, and employs Miss Trumble, a governess, a lady reticent about her past, whose references never arrive.
As the novel progressed, I became more and more curious about Miss Trumble, who thinks of her charges as “her girls”, and mothers them instead of the selfish Lady Beverley. My questions about her remained unanswered. I hope the mystery will be solved in the next book in the series.
Intrigue is a light-hearted read and, like the first of the series, Banishment, is an ideal Regency Romance to read at bedtime.