Signet, Nov 2003, 6.99, 320 pp.
In 1763 Surrey, Genova Smith accompanies the two elderly Trayce sisters as they journey to see their great nephew. On the way, they meet a Mrs. Dash, whose wagon is in the ditch. Mrs. Dash asks them to take her infant to her husband at the nearby Lion and Unicorn Inn, which the three female travelers do. When they arrive at the inn, they find no Mr. Dash, but a gentleman asks the innkeeper if Mrs. Dash is here. Genova talks to the man, who deserts her with a kiss as he gives chase after Mrs. Dash better known as Molly Crew, a liar who claims he impregnated her.
Before he leaves, the Marquess of Ashert learns that his two great aunts are at the inn. He goes to see them surprised they are here, but more shocked to see Genova with them. As Ashert and Genova become acquainted, they fall in love, but she thinks he sired the infant she is watching while he thinks she works for the mendacious Molly.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner