This is the sixth and last book in M. C. Beaton’s “Royal Ambition Series”. They are all stand-alone novels however, I have chosen to read them in the order they were written and published. To read my review on the first five books in this series, click “Book Reviews” on the menu tab of the homepage of this blog.
This was another entertaining read by the author. It is centered around Felicity the youngest daughter of the Late Freddy Channing and her mother is now remarried to the mean Mr Palfrey. Palfrey has married off all the Channing girls to older men who are somewhat wealthy to get them off his back and leave him as the only heir to his wife’s wealth if she eventually dies from her constant illnesses. Felicity is the last to go and he has arranged for her to be married to another old man, a stingy dirty Baron. Unlike her sisters, she is feisty and outspoken so she refuses the marriage and runs off with her governess and a groomsman. This is the beginning of her adventure as she takes up a false identity as the Princess of Brasnia but her feelings for Lord Authur who she suspects already knows her true identity complicates her facade and makes things more difficult.
Packed with loads of action, mystery and some romance, this is a quick but entertaining read kept me hooked until the end. I loved the plot and the few history lessons from the regency era I got from this story. I still can’t get over the fact that men powdered their hair and it was very fashionable in these times.
I highly recommend this book toall romance lovers. It was awesome.
Rating: 4 Stars
Published: October 20th, 2011 by Rosetta Books
Genre: Regency Romance
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The Author: Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic. She left Smith’s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead. She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime. This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter. After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian. When that didn’t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes. Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.
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