The Courtesan’s Daughter

Written by Claudia Dain
Review by Nan Curnutt

Caroline Trevelyan, daughter of Sophia, Countess of Dalby, finds fitting into London society in 1802 difficult at best. Much of this difficulty arises from the fact that her mother, before she became a countess, was an infamous courtesan. It seems all of society believes the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. When her mother decides to take matters in her own hands and purchase a husband for Caroline, she is outraged! Caroline decides instead that she will be a courtesan just like her mother. When she meets Lord Ashdon, the man intended to be her intended, she decides he will be her first patron. Caroline knows exactly who can teach her to seduce Lord Ashdon. Her mother!

The Courtesan’s Daughter is the first in a series of books about the matchmaking Lady Sophia Dalby. Lady Sophia, wise to the ways of men and women, subtly manipulates those around her until everyone is, quite unknowingly, dancing to her tune. Award-winning author Claudia Dain has crafted a sensual, lighthearted romp of a novel full of interesting characters and entertaining circumstances.