Date: May 2003
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Regency Romance [Kent, UK]
Rachel A Hyde
Virgin & The Unicorn
Vale is a guest at Ashmead, the country seat of the Marquis of Hersham.
She grew up close friends with younger son Pavel but she saw Rotham,
the elder son, as the heartless rake who has romanced across Europe
and jilted her elder sister, Trudie, leaving her broken hearted.
But Miranda has more to think about during her stay at Ashmead than
mere romance; Rotham has come back from his travels with one of
France's national treasures, vowing that Napoleon won't use it to
gain support in his next campaign. The area appears to be full of
French émigrés, and at least one of them is clearly
not to be trusted. Can Miranda and Pavel conspire to put things
right? Is Rotham the traitor he appears to be?
Joan Smith is a practiced novelist
with over a hundred novels to her credit, and it shows in this effervescent
and enjoyable novel. As well as romance, she has woven in mystery,
murder and various other plot twists and turns - and set most of
it under one roof. The Virgin & The Unicorn manages to avoid
many of the aspects that I often find tiresome in romantic fiction,
such as the protagonists both behaving badly and misunderstanding
each others' actions. Instead, most of the time, we have them working
together. This ought to appeal to anyone who likes their romances
seasoned with mystery. I found it highly readable.