Date: June 2003
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Shocking Miss Shaw
Shaw's stepmother receives a letter supposedly from her husband,
Geoffrey Trowbridge, demanding railroad stocks she owns. It was
believed that Geoffrey had been killed when the steamboat he was
on exploded. His resurrection would seriously damage Sierra's father's
political career, so she determines to go to England to search for
pretends to be a brash American in search of a titled husband, but
Fitzhugh Kent, head of the division of Queen Victoria's Secret Service,
is suspicious of Sierra's motives. When he learns of her forays
into the dark world of London's Seven Dials district, he attempts
to rescue her from her foolhardiness. He finds a connection between
those railroad stocks and his father's death, which he believes
to be a murder.
and Fitz continue to work at cross purposes even though they are
deeply attracted to each other.
is a clever, well-written romance about two people who struggle
to maintain their independence while fighting against their mutual
attraction. The spirit of the times and the people are successfully
portrayed with a view of Victorian society. The characters are well
developed; the dialogue is witty and realistic.