Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Last of Lady Lansdown-Shirley Kennedy

The Last of Lady Lansdown

Shirley Kennedy

Camel Press, May 1 2012, $15.95

ISBN: 9781603818186

In 1814, Lady Jane Elton does not grieve the stunning death of her abusive husband, the Earl of Lansdown. However, the widow has a problem as she has not birthed the heir. Her only hope is she is carrying her late spouse’s child or the estate goes to his twin brother. While her papa is in the colonies, her acrimonious mama and her sister Millicent pressure her to take care of them; as they understand how far they will fall if she has no son. Only her Granny is there for her.

Hydrologist Douglas Cartland is staying at Jane’s next door neighbor Rennie’s home. They danced twice, but her mom said he was unsuited for her as he could not enter Almack’s. As she acts the widow, he keeps showing up. Attracted to one another, Jane knows a tryst would ruin her and her family, but he is so hard to resist.

This is a warm enjoyable Regency romance starring two likable protagonists and with few exceptions unlikable secondary characters. Readers will relish the plot as Jane struggles between her countess image and a chance for love.

Harriet Klausner

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