What it’s about: This is the second book in the Alastair trilogy, but it’s absolutely no problem to read on its own or to read them out of sync.
It’s the late 18th Century, and twenty-four year old Dominic Alastair, Marquis of Vidal, is a spoiled, rich young man, who spends his time gambling and seducing women of a lower class than himself.
After he kills someone in a duel, he’s forced to leave the country, England, for France. He wants to take his current favorite with him, Sophia Challoner. Sophia knows she’s not in his league, but hopes that a compromising situation will force Dominic to marry her, so she’s all for eloping with him to France.
Mary Challoner, Sophia’s older and much wiser sister, thinks he will not. He will use her and abandon her. So, to teach him a lesson, she takes her sister’s place and not before they are far from home does Dominic discover who she is. Now she is in a compromising situation!
He kidnaps her to Paris and promises to marry her to protect her virtue, but Mary won’t have any of it. Although she does like him, that rogue!
My thoughts: I loved this very entertaining story about the prim and proper (but certainly not scared of anything) Mary and the devilish Marquis of Vidal who never thought about anyone but himself, until he met and kidnapped Mary.
The book is full of horse-and-coach chases, mothers with certain ambitions for their sons and daughters (think marriage, think Pride and Prejudice), powdered wigs and perfume.
I loved the way the characters talk to each other, in a sort-of formal and old-fashioned way. I saw the ending coming from a long way ahead but that didn’t matter at all, it was great fun to see that it all ended as I had expected (and hoped).
5 stars (out of 5)!
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