Miss Delacourt Speaks her Mind
"When the dowager duchess of Marcross insists he accompany her niece, Ginny, into the country for the day to execute a special task, Sir Anthony is appalled, to say the least. Ginny, who thinks little of the fashionable Sir Anthony, is as eager to be done with the chore as he, but before they arrive at their destination they are stranded by highwaymen and launched into adventure.
Forced into each other’s company, Ginny begins to sense the passionate nature beneath Sir Anthony’s mask of ennui, while his exasperation with the forthright Ginny turns into admiration of her wit and charm. Then beautiful Lucinda Barrington and Lord Avery, a poet, come onto the scene, sparking Ginny’s imagination and revealing a way to unmask the true man behind Sir Anthony’s frivolous facade. Meanwhile, the dowager duchess has plans of her own for this pair, and her special task turns into a battle of words, wills, and wit."
I am very glad I was put onto this book. It was a fun, light-hearted, funny, romantic (but clean) and a refreshing regency romance. Will the head-strong and out-spoken Miss Ginny Delacourt be able to discover the man behind the mask of the overly-polite, but dashing, Sir Anthony Crenshaw?
With great characters, interesting twists in the plot, lots of mishaps and misunderstanding, I leave you in suspense of duels, games of "hide the slipper" that turn into romantic confusion, wrong turns that end in books being thrown at heads, heroines nearly falling out of windows, "betrayal", masquerades, headstrong comments answered with takes-the-heroines-breath-away kisses, soliloquies that reveal pent-up feelings, weeping poets, run-away couples, stolen roses and lots of comedy and confusion!
It is definitely worth a read; I think it was the fastest I had read a book in a while when I read it. Once I started, I didn't want to put it down as I had to see what was going to happen next.
Miss Delacourt has her Day
"Ginny Delacourt felt the course of true love could not have run smoother. After all, it required only a fortnight, a pair of highwaymen, a pox quarantine, a sham betrothal, and a masquerade ball to bring Sir Anthony up to snuff. When her beloved suddenly becomes the heir to his uncle, the Duke of Marcross, protocol dictates that he drop the "Sir" from his name. It's his uncle who insists Ginny, daughter of a lowly vicar, is not the proper bride for a future duke. Lucinda and Lord Avery arrive on the scene to stir up trouble, and Ginny's normally manipulative Grandaunt Regina seems helpless to arrange anything, least of all a frowned-upon wedding. It's up to Anthony, with help from his fussy valet, to see to it that Ginny has her day. The road to true love just got a little bumpier."
This was a lot of fun! I think I prefer the first one, because it is all about the courtship of the lovely Sir Anthony and Ginny, but this sequel is still wonderful and a great read!
With many of the original characters making another appearance, as well as some unwelcome new additions, it all adds to making this a lovely sequel with a very interesting, and at times worrying, plot! When Sir Anthony's Uncle, the Duke of Marcross, hears of his attachment to a certain Miss Ginny Delacourt, he calls Anthony to him as he is not the least bit pleased! Will Anthony be able to over-come the objections put forward by his scheming Uncle by completing three impossible tasks?
So whist trying to fathom out his uncle's real motives behind his strange requests, working out how to accomplish these impossible tasks, as well as facing the disapproval of his choice of bride from many, and importantly from his mother, and when a past love, Lady Derby, comes onto the scene, recently widowed and not without the hope to marry again, will poor Anthony be able to pull through everything and marry his, rather doubtful, Ginny?
I will leave you in suspense of boxing matching and bruised hands, fainting maidens, dances with the wrong ladies, (and right ladies!) mud covered coats, drowning boys and rooms covered from top to bottom with torn up fabric and thousands of feathers!
Lady Crenshaw's Christmas
"Ginny and her beloved Anthony, Lord Crenshaw, are finally married and have spent the bulk of their first blissful six months of marriage in the country. However, Ginny must now hostess a Christmas ball at Dunsmere, the estate of the dowager Duchess of Marcross. How is a mere vicar's daughter to carry off such an event with no experience and little exposure to the ways of the ton? And how is she to meet the expectations of her Grandaunt Regina, earn the good graces of Anthony's uncle the Duke of Marcross, endure the spite of the duke's new wife, manage the hysterical escapades of Lucinda, Lady Avery, and find the perfect gift for her husband, all while expecting a babe? All these questions and more are answered in Lady Crenshaw's Christmas, a short story follow-up to two full length novels, Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind and Miss Delacourt Has Her Day available via Montlake Romance."
|This was a cute little story showing Ginny and Anthony's married life, but it is not all plain sailing! I loved how certain characters made a reappearance from the other two novels, adding many humorous scenes! The story was very fun and it was a nice little Christmas story with two of my favourite characters (which is always fun to see when you have got to know two wonderful characters over two brilliant novels) which was nice to curl up with during the holiday season!|
Your affectionate friend,