Avon, Dec 2003, 7.50, 384 pp.
Six months ago, Miss Philadelphia “Delia” Effington became Lady Wilmont when she married the rake Charles Wilmont. A few days after their wedding, someone kills Charles who was actually using a rake masquerade to hide his espionage work for His Majesty. The Widow Delia fled the London scene for the Lake District in the dead of winter.
Viscount Anthony St. Stephens goes undercover as an elderly butler in Delia's home because his government superiors believe she killed Charles. However, Anthony finds himself attracted to Delia who questions why she keeps thinking of an aging servant. When she pretends to be her twin sister in high society, Anthony discards his disguise to “court” her. However, he fears that he has fallen in love with a murderer while Delia is confused by her conflicting feelings.
No question that Victoria Alexander is a talented author as she spins a delightful regency romance. The story line is fun to follow with its comedy of errors as no one is quite like they seem. Though Delia seems a bit out of character either as a moron or a brilliant strategist on an adventure, the plot remains solid and the key characters likable so that readers spend a fine time following along with the antics of the cast.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner