No Man’s Mistress
This book is a spin-off from More Than a Mistress, as it follows the story of the younger brother of the Duke of Tresham. While knowledge of the first book adds piquancy to this story, No Man’s Mistress stands quite well on its own. Lord Ferdinand Dudley arrives in the village of Trellick during the May Day festivities, and feels an immediate attraction for Viola Thornhill. The feeling is mutual, and Viola is delighted when Lord Ferdinand arrives at her house the next morning. However, the visit isn’t to pay a social call, but to claim Viola’s house, which he claims to have won in a wager. The book starts slowly but gains in momentum after a rather shocking twist. The historical elements aren’t highlighted, but they are sufficient to give a sense of the time and place.