Her Ladyship's Companion Paperback – 1 Mar 1983
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About the Author
Joanna Bourne lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge with her family, a medium-sized mutt, and a faux Himalayan cat. She writes Historical Romances set in England and France during the Napoleonic Wars. She's fascinated by that time and place - such passionate conviction and burning idealism ... and really sexy clothes. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
I loved the gothic atmosphere, and the minor characters were all well drawn, particularly the sharp-as-a-tack Lady Dorothy, the elderly lady who heroine Melissa is hired to be a companion for, and the dreadful teenaged Anna. The snippets of letters at the beginning of each chapter are also great.
I liked Melissa's strong will and sense of humour. I wasn't as interested in the hero, Giles, or in their relationship arc, which didn't feel very real to me: first Melissa dislikes him, then she thinks she's fallen in love with him, then she resists him, then *her body betrays her* and she's melting into his arms. I thought he was far too sure of himself and could have done with having to work harder to win her! Still, it's a gothic, and fragile younger women falling for stoic older men is what you get with the genre.
In a world where historicals are getting sillier and sillier, it's great to read a book where there's a touch of humour, but you feel the characters really could have existed in 1818. Three stars.
The intrigue is beautifully woven into the story, and although the villain becomes apparent, the suspense is not diminished; and Melissa’s peril increases for the reader. Such fun!
I found this novel delightful and refreshing. And if you’re looking for a “clean”, heart-thumping read, this is perfect.
This book is labelled on some websites as “0.5” in the “Spymasters Series” - a prequel to “The Forbidden Rose”. Apart from the inclusion of Adrian Hawkhurst (Hawker), a character in every novel published so far by Joanna Bourne, this story has no other connection with the Spymasters Series and is a stand-alone.
I recommend this novel.
Giles Tarsin,her haughty employer, is maddeningly aloof - and irresistibly attractive. Darkly handsome Sir Adrian Hawkhurst admires her undisguisedly with, Melissa suspects, the most impure intentions. Harold Bosworth, a family connection, appears to be ever the gentleman. But why is seven-year-old Robbie, an orphan like Melissa and the futue Earl of Keptford, so terrified? Before long Melissa is struggling to unravel dark family secrets that will lead her suspicions to centre on just one man - the one man she loves.
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