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Avon, Jan 2005, 6.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0060509473

In 1816 London, the Earl of Sinclair, Benjamin hires Joe Quincy as his secretary because he likes the cheeky response the applicant provides back to his inquiries although he has some doubts as the lad does not shave. Quickly, Joe gets the household staff and even Benjamin's mother warped around his thin finger and soon uncovers that his predecessor Johnson embezzled quite a bit of money from the Earl.
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Benjamin realizes something is not quite right with Joe; Benjamin realizes that Joe is Josephine. As she hires homeless servants who seem to get married rather quickly, he earns the reputation as the “matchmaking Earl”. When Jo and Benjamin fall in love, she rejects him because she fears the scandal will hurt her beloved and his kind mother. Benjamin knows he must persuade her otherwise.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Regency era Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   he/she is really a she/he

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   secretary


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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