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A Most Intriguing Lady: The instant Sunday Times bestseller! The most captivating historical romance of intrigue and scandal for 2023

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It reminded me of my own time at Shrub;land hall ;) The stories deal with lots of important themes and for that reason I think these books are very grown up romances.

But in the country houses of the elite, gentleman burglars, art thieves and con men preyed on the rich and titled. I thought it was an okay story although there were so many English terms or words that I was not familiar with.

Mills and Boon books are not my usual reading material, but I was intrigued by the author, Sarah Ferguson, and so requested this book from NetGalley. Although she has grey eyes, a full mouth and a thick chignon of indeterminate colour, Lady Mary is also a faithful reflection of the author. From Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, a sweeping, romantic compulsively readable historical saga about a Duke’s daughter—the perfect Victorian lady—who secretly moonlights as an amateur sleuth for high society’s inner circle. ARC provided by GoodReads in a give-away - A lot of the romance novels I read are either very modern or very Regency so imagine my delight to have this Victorian romance/mystery fall into my lap for a change.

With thanks to NetGalley and Mills and Boon for the advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Another fascinating historical fiction book that I finally got around to reading after my Dad had raved to me about it months ago.

Her mother, the duchess has taken over many of the practical aspects of running the dukedom to allow her dominating husband to work with Victoria and the politics of the time. The plot, which is as fun as it is full of rich historical detail, follows Lady Mary as she dares to go against the grain, choosing not to settle for becoming just a wife, but seeks to find her equal. She eventually convinces him to let her become part of its operation, arguing that she's perfect for the role. Although the plot was not riveting I do get the vibe of authenticity as the Duchess of York has lived this life and it is captured in the setting’s beautifully.

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