I grabbed the first three of this series all at once – they’re pretty cheap, at least for Kindle. I’ll be picking up the next few very soon – I have no idea how many there are. Guess I should find out so I don’t read the last one without realizing it’s the last one. It’s like eating the last cookie without realizing it, then reaching in the bag for the next one and there’s nothing there. So disappointing.
Anyway, poor Jane has always been second fiddle to her beautiful sister Euphemia. Their nasty mother plays favorites in a huge way, and completely tramples her Navy hero husband. She’s also cheap. So they take the Mayfair house for the Season to get Euphemia married off. Mom figures Jane won’t “take” and will end a spinster. But Jane and the staff have other ideas. Along with the butler Rainbird, the housekeeper Mrs. Middleton and the rest of the below stairs gang, Euphemia’s French maid conspire to make Jane not so plain.
Jane catches the eye of Lord Tregarthan – ladies’ man, man’s man, man about town. He likes Jane not romantically (at least at first) but because she’s a fresh young girl (not in that way, you perv) who doesn’t act like every other debutante. (That’s often a recurring theme in the Beaton Regency books). The staff makes sure that they are thrown together often, which makes nasty mom and Euphemia none too happy.
There are the usual misunderstandings, setbacks, and all of the other wholesome romance type things. Really, if you’ve read one Beaton book, you’ve read them all. But if you like them, then you may well end up reading them all. Just like me.