Lady Amelia is fed up with being a proper lady and wishes to explore London, so one night she escapes . . . and finds herself in the company of one Alistair Finlay-Jones. He’s been ordered by his uncle to wed one of the American girls. How lucky, then, that one of them stumbles right into his arms!
Alistair and Amelia have one perfect day to explore London, from Astley’s Amphitheater to Vauxhall Gardens. Inevitably they end up falling in love and making love. If anyone finds out, she will be ruined, but he will win everything he’s ever wanted.
When Amelia finds out Alistair has been ordered to marry her, he must woo her and win back the angry American girl. But with the threat of scandals, plural, looming . . . will he ever catch up to the woman he loves?
This one had me smiling and giggling much of the time. Lady Amelia is a handful and then some.
She’s the youngest sister of the new Duke of Durham, a manure-shoveling American (of all things). Amelia cannot abide the nonsensical rules of the Ton that she’s supposed to live by. The jams she gets into furnishes the gossip columns with lots of fodder and has her very English aunt the Duchess of Durham at her wits end. After Amelia pulls one of her exhausting tirades, the Duchess tells the maid to put laudanum in Amelia’s night drink. This “sets the fox among the chickens.”
Unaware of being given the drug, Amelia goes out after midnight when she hears the voice of a man singing. She sets a frenzy of “misdeeds” in motion that takes the reader on a vicarious sightseeing tour of London; but, more importantly on a journey toward love—sensual, sweet, and accepting love. The journey is not without bumps and stumbling blocks that keep the reader on full alert and more than a little anxious at times
Alister Finley-Jones, the singing man and heir to Baron Wrotham, is considered a wastrel by his uncle. Their back story is a tangled, sad one. It highlights how the social and economic system of that era impacted the lives of the young men of the peerage. After formal education their main occupations seemed to be gambling, racing, drinking, and looking for an acceptable bride who has a BIG dowry. Honest, hard work does not seem to be appropriate for these young men.
Maya Rodale creates a delightful story that encompasses family love and exasperation, social taboos, economic struggles, and romantic love that withstands the ‘slings and arrows’ of a snobbish society. Moreover, she keeps an undercurrent of humor bubbling along overtly or covertly throughout it all.