A Lady without a Lord

Written by Bliss Bennet
Review by Anna Belfrage

Theodosius Pennington has struggled all his life with his dyscalculia, and as the new Viscount Saybrook, his problems with numbers are brought to a head when his London banker points out there is a discrepancy of £4,000 on his account. In the 1820s, this is a minor fortune, and even worse, the missing money is intended as dowry for Theo’s sister. Theo has no choice but to travel to his estate in Lincolnshire to confront his steward, Mr Atherton, and sort out the mess.

Whereas Theo can’t work his way down a column of numbers if his life depends on it, Harriot (a.k.a. Harry) Atherton most certainly can. In fact, she has been keeping the Saybrook books for quite some time now, this to cover for her father’s increasing dementia. So is it Harry or her father who somehow has misplaced all that money? And what will happen to the Athertons if Theo claims malfeasance?

Ms Bennett is clearly very comfortable in her 19th century setting and spins an enjoyable story in which Harry and Theo are not only concerned with money, but also with their growing feelings for each other. As all good Regency romances must, A Lady Without a Lord ends on a happy note, albeit that the road to the happily ever after contains quite some twists and turns.