Bantam, Feb 2004, 6.99, 368 pp.
Due to the dumb investments of their father, The Duncan sisters are broke. Their dad refuses to listen to their financial plight as that is beneath a gentleman. Instead the three siblings publish and secretly sell the “Mayfair Lady”, a gossip political newspaper pushing women's suffrage that now accepts personal ads.
Oldest sister Constance meets Parliamentary representative from Southwold Max Eisner, who realizes that she is gently mocking him and his sister. He finds himself attracted to her because, unlike his shallow featherbrained sister, Constance displays obvious intelligence and wit; she reciprocates though she loathes his opinion on women voting. When his party leadership assigns him to expose the unknown authors of the “Mayfair Lady, he believes the clever writing skills and subjects mean a member of the Ton. The dry sense of humor sounds very much like the Duncan siblings, but opening them up for ridicule could be very costly personally to Max.
Historical romance readers will receive a delightful bounty of joy with this deep look back on the early stages of the women's suffrage movement in England. The story line displays its theme in a clever gentle mocking manner so that the audience understands the sympathies and antipathies while also receiving a warm romance. Fans will enjoy this tale and look forward to the next two Duncan sisters star in their respective novels.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner