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Secret Inheritance

by S R Bridge


Dorothea Harcourt has come into a small legacy from her late mother, and is treating her aunt and cousin to a few days at Matlock Bath. Orphaned at an early age, she looks upon Aunt Sophie and pretty, artless Clio as more her real family than her dimly remembered parents. But she is hiding a secret from them and everybody else, for the legacy was not small but very large, thanks to her mother running away from her husband and living abroad with a prince. She hopes that only she and her solicitor know, but apparently so does the unpleasant and vulgar Samantha Howard who is also staying at the hotel. It looks as though Dorothea is about to be blackmailed, and who exactly is the mysterious Mr Detherfield?

This is an enjoyable and pacy Regency by an author I have not encountered before but intend to again. As well as mysteries to solve, villains to unmask and a kidnapping to foil, there are all the joys of a London Season to read about. Ms Bridge gives a good description of an evening at Vauxhall Gardens as well as other Town pleasures, and plenty happens in surprisingly few pages.  Anybody who likes a good adventure as well as a romance and some comedy will enjoy this good-humored and highly readable tale.

The Book

Robert Hale
30 November 2009
070908918X / 9780709089186
Historical Romance / 1810 / Matlock, Derbyshire and London
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2009
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