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LADY MERRY’S DASHING CHAMPION
JEANE WESTIN
ISBN#(13)9780451221926/(10)0451221923
August 2007
Signet Eclipse
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
Mass Market Paperback
$6.99
320 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 5 Cups

Meriel St. Thomas is an orphan found on the steps of that saint’s cathedral. She was rescued and raised by Sir Edward and is now his wife’s lady’s maid. It seems Sir Edward has unwittingly trained her for her future position.

Lord Giles, Earl of Warborough is one of the king’s favorites and a hero. He is also handsome and wealthy. It seems he has everything, except a faithful or loyal wife. The treacherous Lady Felice is not only betraying him but her country.

Meriel is forced into serving her king to uncover a traitor, the Countess of Warborough. Apparently the orphaned servant bears an uncanny resemblance to the beautiful noblewoman. The entire court is fooled but will she fool the earl for long enough to foil the Hollander’s plans?

Ms. Westin has brought the era of the Restoration back to life from Whitehall, to the docks, to the gracious estates outside the city. King Charles the Second is a very vivid figure as are his various mistresses. I particularly liked Nell Gwynn; it was obvious why the king favored her. Lady Felice is a spoiled beauty who searches for something she will never find. The royal spymaster corrupt and his plots convoluted and self serving, is the real villain of the piece. Merry and Giles are wonderful characters and their love story is very exciting. The story is very fast paced and full of action and adventure as well as romance and you will definitely enjoy this trip to the dissolute court of Charles the Second.

Maura
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