Saturday, September 1, 2007

The Courtesan's Daughter-Claudia Dain

The Courtesan's Daughter
Claudia Dain
Berkley, Oct 2007, $14.00
ISBN: 9780425217207

In 1802 Lady Caroline Dalby knows she has no chance at marrying someone from her social class because her mama was a renowned courtesan. Her mama widow Lady Sophia Dalby offers a deal to the Earl of Ashdon; she will pay off his gambling debts in exchange to his marrying her beloved daughter; reluctantly he agrees.

However, Sophia is stunned when Caro refuses to marry Ash. She prefers to be a spinster on the shelf if she has to wed someone who does not love her; however Carol also considers being a courtesan with Ash as her first client. As Sophia maneuvers her daughter and the lord who is in her debt, she knows they are perfect for one another. She is elated when the couple is caught in a compromising position because that affirms she is right; now to get this stubborn duet to understand their feelings go much deeper than an aristocrat and his mistress.

THE COURTESAN’S DAUGHTER IS A FUN Regency romantic frolic starring a likable cast as readers will enjoy the antics of that great Machiavellian courtesan as she manipulates her daughter and her chosen one to come together in matrimony. Sophia, like most parents, wants so much better for her child. Although several other subplots add a feel for the Ton and are well written, they take away from the enjoyable main attraction; that of Sophia’s matchmaking.

Harriet Klausner

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