is appalled by the conditions of poverty of the tenants of the neighboring
estates. Since the owners are uncaring, she decides to do something
She becomes a female
Robin Hood. Disguised as a highwayman, she holds up the coaches
of the gentry and gives the loot to the tenants. Her success is
terminated with the arrival of Robert Beaumont, the Duke of Stanford,
to claim his inheritance nearby. He unmasks Alexandra and forces
her promise to cease her actions by his making the landowners change
Alexandra is to go
to London for the Season. The Duke decides to single her out and
guarantee her success.
Alexandra has stated
that she isn't interested in being married. She treasures her independence.
But the Duke and events conspire to change her mind.
Although the outcome
of the meeting between Alexandra and the Duke of Stanford is inevitable,
the ensuing events present the reader with a delightful romp through
the mansions, the ballrooms, Almack's Assembly, Hyde Park and Vauxhall
The author has successfully
depicted the society, customs and manners of the Polite Circles
of regency England.
story is well written with characters you can't help relating to.
The Dashing Debutante is a charming book well worth spending
a few hours reading it.
Let us hope that this
is just the first of Alissa Baxter's work and that we will be reading
more of it in the near future.