This Regency story offers far more excitement than do most novels in the genre. If you enjoy your romances within the ambiance of heart-pounding adventure, this book is for you! I found it refreshingly different from the type of story now being referred to as “tea-cuppy” on the Regency mailing lists.
The story takes place in 1803, before the actual ascendancy of the Prince Regent but during the exciting time of the Napoleonic Wars. If you know your dates of this conflict, you'll recognize 1803 as the year in which the Treaty of Amiens ended. At that time, Napoleon ordered all English persons in France arrested and incarcerated, military and civilian alike.
Alexandria and her niece Diana, unfortunate enough to be behind what has suddenly become enemy lines, barely escape capture. Fleeing across France in their carriage, they find themselves conveying a wounded man, who turns out to be the gentleman who had played a large part in Alexandria's being given the nickname "Lady Scandal." Paxten Marsett is clearly being hotly pursued by French troopers himself; the three join forces in a desperate attempt to get themselves back to England and safety.
Their flight involves a great deal of danger--and quite a bit of pleasure. Alexandria and Paxten have some fence-mending to do, Diana gives herself the task of guarding her aunt's reputation, an implacable French officer dogs their heels, and a fascinating back story unfolds at just the proper time. The story has the feel of an historical, but with the kind of accuracy that Traditional Regencies are noted for.
If you have a love for the period, for resourceful heroes and heroines, for character growth, and for enduring romance--and if you don't want your scenes always set in ballrooms and modiste shops--you will absolutely love this book. I highly recommend it.