The Lady in Question (Avon Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 2003
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About the Author
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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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.
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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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.
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!