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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060517611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060517618
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 868,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexander turned from a career as an award-winning television news reporter to writing fiction. She also teaches broadcast journalism at Creighton University.


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Delia Effington and her identical twin sister, Cassandra, were two of the most lovely debutantes in London. Delia had always been the sensible one, so everyone had been shocked when she ran off and wed Lord Wilmont. When her husband died VERY shortly after the vows had been said, the minor scandal became a blaze of gossip. Even months later, only Cassandra would visit. The rest of the Effingtons ignored her.
Viscount Anthony "Tony" St. Stephens was an agent of the British government. Disguised as Gordon, an elderly butler, he had been planted in Delia's house to protect her. In fact, all the "servants" were agents. Delia never knew that her late husband had been an agent ... or that an enemy spy had murdered him. However, the chances were high that Delia was in danger. Yet as "Gordon" befriended her, "Tony" fell in love with her. And THAT had never been a part of the mission!
**** To quote one sentence of the book, "Aside from this butler-spy-viscount nonsense, he really is wonderful." As the reader, that was exactly my first impression. Did my impression of "Lord Mysterious" change? OH YES! Quite a few times in fact.
Author Victoria Alexander seems to possess a poisonous pen that kept me off balance. No one was as he or she seemed! The hero's love for the heroine was the ONLY item of the story that seemed solid and real. It made for some fascinating reading! Now I find myself hoping that Cassie or Mac will get a story. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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Once she was lovely, respectable Miss Delia Effington, but an impulsive decision – and subsequent disaster – forces Delia to retire from society. Until one night desperate for diversion, she attends a ball as her twin sister and finds herself dancing n the strong arms of the dashing Viscount St Stephens.
Delia believes she has never met this man who arouses her passions, yet he seems somehow familiar. For Delia doesn’t know that St Stephens, an agent for the Crown, has been in her home, protecting her under the disguise of her butler. What will happen when this lady discovers the truth about the man she has come to love?
A very touching tale, with adventure and characters which you will love to visit again and again.
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This novel was interesting & kept me reading which is what I enjoy most & hopefully others have as well
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very boring book not up to usual standerd
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95501744) out of 5 stars 31 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x953a61a4) out of 5 stars A Book to Warm Your Heart 24 Nov. 2003
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Setting - London 1820 --- Barely a wife and now a widow, Philadelphia `Delia' Effington, Lady Wilton, has returned to London from a six month stay in the Lake District hoping that the gossip from her precipitous and scandalous marriage to Charles Wilton had died down - but mostly because she missed her family and wanted nothing more than to have them welcome her back into their fold. What Delia didn't know was that her husband had been working as an agent for the government and her life could be in danger. Consequently, the very dashing bachelor, Viscount Anthony `Tony' St. Stephens, an agent himself, disguised himself as her elderly butler, and was installed in her house, along with a team of agents to protect her.
In a most unusual household, with a bumbling butler, a footman who resembled a linebacker for the Green Bay packers, and a cook whose culinary skills were non-existent, Delia would form a bond of friendship with her elderly butler, never realizing that his bumbling wasn't due to his advanced age - poor dear - but because he'd never been trained as one. Tony was a good listener though, and as Delia poured her heart out, he was losing his - to her! Soon Tony would be playing a dual role, as the butler and himself as a totally smitten suitor.
No matter how the dashing viscount stirred her heart Delia, now independent, and still wanting grand adventures, didn't want to make another mistake. Tony would have to convince her that marrying him would be the grandest of adventures.
This was a charming romance that had me smiling from front to back cover. Though the description speaks of the mystery of a missing notebook, that portion of the plot paled and seemed to fall to the wayside as the romance and seduction took center stage. I didn't find the book to be much of a mystery so much as a lighthearted and sweetly enjoyable regency romance. I will say that what I have experienced while reading this author's work is that she has a way with turning phrases into the most delightful and witty dialogs! Reading her words is like watching a movie with all the pauses for effect a fine actor would incorporate in his delivery. Truly enjoyable and definitely a book I can recommend to warm your heart.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By J. Garza - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't get into this book at all.. It just seemed a little far fetched that the "Lady in Question" was around the butler and Sir St. Stephans alot and still didn't see...that must have been a really good disguise or maybe our "Lady in Question" wasn't very perseptive. And really would a lady have such a close relationship with the butler? Just seemed a bit convienent.. I didn't like St. Stephans. He didn't match his profession at all..you'd think he'd be more careful and guarded but he just jumps right in to wanting to get married and forgets about his duties. The whole plot with the notebook...I forgot all about it...what was the point?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x957d71a4) out of 5 stars I Love These Effington Family Stories!!!! 11 Jan. 2004
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a long time fan of this talented author but her Effington Family stories are by far my favorite. This is Philidelphia (Delia to family and friends) story and it was not only romantic but a fun read as well.
Delia has shocked society, family and friends when she secretly marries a very unproper man. Well, her scanadalous marriage is brought to a very short end by the untimely death of said groom. Wed less then a week and already a widow what's a girl to do? Well, she takes a break in the country for six months and then moves back to London of course!
What Delia does not know is that her dead groom was actually an undercover agent for the crown and his death is suspect. The powers that be take measures to protect the unawares Delia and puts agents undercover in her home in the form of servents. Enter Tony St. Stephens. This newly named Viscount realizes that this must be his final assignment. He has a title to worry about now. Problems is that he is disguised as an elderly butler and Delia has taken it upon herself to befriend this man. How can this be a problem? Well, it's great for the investigation. Not so great for the young Viscount that now finds himself attracted to Delia. Delia on the other hand can't explain why she feels so safe with her butler but there you have it. Delia though is now aware that once her period of mourning is over she will be free to live her life as she will. This means searching for and finding great adventure around every corner. This of course sends chills down Tony's back because her few ideas that she has shared with her butler would cause a few eyebrows to be raised. It's also not good news for the Viscount that has finally decided that she is the one for him. Her first foray into living despite what society thinks is switching places with her twin Cassie at the annual family Ride and Ball. Here she meets the handsome and charming Viscount St. Stephens for the first time. Needless to say he makes a rather "grand" impression on her. Now she is in a pickle. He thinks that she is Cassie, or does he???
Before you know it these two are spending time together all the time and Tony is finding it hard to keep his secret self seperate from his normal self (make sense?) and as the danger to Delia gets closer to home the stakes are raised and more secrets are found with surprising results. Soon the mystery of the missing notebook is solved, love has indeed won the day (no not that easily but eventually) and we have had another nice visit with the zany Effington Clan.
This was a fun book to read. Delia was not written as a flibberty-gibbit and she has quite a lot of spunk but not obnoxiously so. Tony is a true romantic hero if a bit misguided at times but that just makes him a little more likeable if you ask me. I can tell Ms. Alexander had fun writing this book and I hope that poor Cassie soon gets her story!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x953a6480) out of 5 stars Not your usual regency fare! 30 Nov. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The story line has been thoroughly reviewed by others. It is a very different plot and although the premise surrounds the bungling efforts of the "Crown's agents", 90% of the story revolves around the characters relationships and antics. It is a delightful romp. I thoroughly enjoy "twin" switches and that adds a great deal of fun to this tale. The hero is lovable as the old man (of 60) butler and is loved as the sexy viscount. A lot of love "play" and dialogue complete this circuitous story. It's just a fun read. I can't help wondering if there will be a sequel for Cassie, the "troublesome twin".......
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9597b018) out of 5 stars Delightful read 25 Jan. 2004
By A. Dolan - Published on Amazon.com
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In the throes of a 'grand adventure', Delia marries, and a week later (after only one night of prenuptial indescretion) her husband is presumed dead. Six months later the story picks up with Delia's return to London after a self imposed exile. Like the one reviewer, I kept expecting Delia's dead husband to reappear. Unlike that reviewer, however, I didn't feel the book dragged at all. The emotional entanglements were novel, and handled quite intelligently. Delia, while at times rather childish, was nonetheless rather endearing. St. Stephens also generally rang true. I enjoyed the twists and turns, not the least of which were accomplished by learning what had happened in her first marriage via bits and pieces in flashback. The ending left some interesting threads hanging.
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