A Country Cotillion
A young widow, Elizabeth French, is just getting her life back on track as she prepares to announce her engagement to Alexander Norrington, a handsome young lord whom the young girls of the ton, including Elizabeth’s cousin Isobel, often compare to Lord Byron’s popular hero Childe Harold. Despite the lack of passion in their relationship, Elizabeth is satisfied with Alex. Her first marriage had plenty of dash and passion, which led to betrayal and disillusionment. However, her pragmatic plans are shattered when she meets Marcus Sheridan, Duke of Arlington, who reminds her of her first husband and their initial passions. A snowstorm strands Elizabeth, Alexander and Isobel at Marcus’ estate. This leads to a “country cotillion” of mistaken identity, misunderstandings and changing partners with a happy ending for all.
Sandra Heath has written a delightful Regency romp with a strong, determined, but also vulnerable heroine. The hero is handsome, dashing and mysterious but doesn’t connect with the heroine until halfway through the story. Ms Heath provides lush descriptions of costumes, and settings that, at times, dominate the scenes.