The Ambitious Baronet
A woman living in the woods of a country estate rescues abused children and turns them over to Alexandra Barlow, the local baronet’s daughter, for placement in safe homes. Unfortunately, Alexandra has run out of foster parents and must hide her charges in her father’s manor. Her father has just committed suicide after a gambling loss, and the winner, Robert Stamford, has coincidentally been asked to investigate a rash of disappearing children. Alexandra and her sisters must find a way to prevent Stamford from discovering them and returning them to their abusers.
Kihlstrom tries to pack too many of the ills of the age into this romance. She touches on the evils of class structure, child abuse, and the lack of opportunities for women, but relies too much on coincidence to move the story forward. While this novel may appeal to her fans, it will not satisfy those who read novels for either characterization or historical accuracy.