The Lady Is Daring
Bennett, Lord Carson, is supposed to be looking for a wife, but after earlier disappointments he is understandably gun shy, despite his reputation for taking his responsibilities seriously. Ida Howlett, youngest daughter of the Duke of Marymount, is spirited and highly intelligent, and she has no intention of getting married despite her mother’s pressure. What she does want to do is find her missing sister, who is in disgrace after eloping with their dance teacher, being abandoned, and bearing an illegitimate child. Yet when these two find themselves thrown together on a quest to find the missing sister, they learn to appreciate each other and fall in love.
There are a rather large number of convenient coincidences and, as is often the case in historical romances these days, the sexual encounters are described at far greater length than the plot requires; but the humor is witty, the protagonists are likeable, and their willingness to change to accommodate each other in an equal partnership not only hard earned but admirable in the Victorian, or indeed any, Age. Recommended.