Almost a Lady

Written by Jane Feather
Review by Trudi E. Jacobson

Meg Barratt sets off from the lending library in Folkestone, having picked up her eagerly awaited copy of Mrs. Radcliff’s The Italian. Little does she realize that she won’t make it home again anytime soon. She slips and hits her head on the rain-drenched cobbles trying to get around a suspiciously parked carriage in her lane. When she comes to, she finds herself at sea on a ship, ensconced in a room with a chatty and amiable macaw for company. It turns out that Meg has been mistaken for another woman, one who was to help Cosimo, the captain of the Mary Rose, with his mission against Napoleon. However, since she was unconscious, she was unable to set those who came to collect her straight. Meg is not overly concerned about the dictates of society, which greatly aids the pacing of this story, since readers needn’t suffer through Meg having vapors. The historical aspects of the story enhance the growing relationship between Meg and Cosimo. While this book is preceded by Almost a Bride, this book stands very well on its own.