Prolific author Melanie Dickerson pens a second novel in her Regency Spies series where a young woman fights against a marriage of convenience in Regency England.
In A Viscount’s Proposal, instead of settling for a loveless marriage like her parents, Leorah Langdon is determined to marry for love. When a carriage accident forces her to spend the night unchaperoned with Edward, the Visount Withinghall, she is determined to turn down his proposal, despite the gossip and damage to her reputation. Edward, on the other hand, has political ambitions and wants to avoid scandal at all costs. What happens when they discover the accident was sabotage? Can they work together to save her reputation and his career by uncovering the villain behind it?
As always, Dickerson does an excellent job in her description narration and character development. There are quite a few similarities between Edward and Leorah, and Jane Austen’s main characters in Pride and Prejudice, as well as Sense and Sensibility. Leorah is a feisty heroine while Edward is an uptight hero. The book is a clean read, appropriate for older high school students as well as adults. The faith element is on the light side, even though faith and forgiveness are the central themes to this novel.
A Viscount’s Proposal is part of the Regency Spies series. However, it is not much of a spy story. It lacks the tension, mystery, and intrigue found in romantic suspense novels. There was more of a spy story in the first novel in this series — still it was a delightful read.
Recommended for public and school libraries.
Carol R. Gehringer
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