Miss Chartley’s Guided Tour

Written by Carla Kelly
Review by Audrey Braver

Eight years ago, Miss Omega Chartley was left at the altar, and then her father died leaving Omega and her brother, Alpha, bankrupt. Omega, who has been teaching in Plymouth, now has a new position in a girls’ school in Durham. She intends to explore England on her way north. These plans are abruptly changed when Omega helps a runaway boy, Jamie Clevenden, who is being pursued by a Bow Street Runner. Suddenly, Omega is on the run with the boy, who is trying to find his uncle, the Viscount of Byford. They are assisted by a soldier recovering from wounds received in the Battle of Waterloo and accompanied by a remarkable young Spanish orphan girl. Finally, this bedraggled foursome arrives at Jamie’s uncle’s estate, but that is a far way from the end of the story. Neither Jamie nor Omega receives the welcome they hope for. The Viscount is Matthew Behring, Omega’s absent bridegroom.

This is a reprint of Kelly’s 1989 Regency novel. It is well-written, well-plotted and retains its original charm. Omega is independent and strong for a Regency heroine. Once Matthew sheds his demons, he becomes a hero worthy of her.