Dolan pens a delightful Regency farce. Fans of the genre will enjoy the case of mistaken identities that Geni (aka Lizzie) and Richard land in. While the hero and heroine are both interesting and sympathetic characters, it is the secondary cast that truly steals this show. The eccentric siblings Helen and Geoffrey and the parents of all of the families attending this small house party create moments of comic genius that make this story stand out from the crowd.
Wealthy Regency miss Geni Bayles doesn’t trust her heart to pick a good husband. She’s been burned by love before and so she asks her mother for help finding the perfect match. She certainly doesn’t expect her mother to settle on the shy and stuttering Sir Richard Latimer. But when the pair finally meet at a house party, Geni finds Richard warm and engaging — until she discovers he thinks she’s a maid named Lizzie. Desperate to see what type of man he really is, Geni decides to continue the accidental ruse. But when the situation develops further, it seems that Richard’s instant attraction to Lizzie the maid may just destroy his chance to marry Geni the heiress! (ELLORA’S CAVE, July 2011, dl., $5.24)
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