Image of The Rules of Gentility


Image of The Rules of Gentility

Deftly written in the first person, Mullany's book -- with her fashionable and virtuous characters and a bit of emotional intensity and sensuality -- takes the reader on a funny romp in this delightful Regency farce.

For Miss Philomena Wellesley-Clegg, finding a suitable husband is a difficult task. Until she meets the handsome but not so proper Mr. Inigo Lindsley, a younger son with not a feather to fly with.

They share a dance and a kiss, and soon Inigo offers his help to extricate her from an unwanted betrothal: a fake engagement. She agrees. He likes looking after her and wants to get to know her better to gain her trust and her secrets. That's because he's told her one of his, one very dear to his heart.

A misunderstanding, the end of their false engagement and what will be the biggest mistake Philomena almost makes result in Inigo making another marriage proposal, a real one this time. Will she say yes again or no? (Avon A, Aug., 268 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond