Independent and spirited, Miss Annis Wychwood gives little thought to finding herself a suitable husband, thus dashing the dreams of many hopeful suitors. When she becomes embroiled in the affairs of the runaway heiress Lucilla, though, she encounters the beautiful fugitive’s guardian – as rakish and uncivil a rogue she has ever met. Although chafing a bit at the restrictions of Regency society in Bath, Annis does have to admit that Oliver Carleton, at least, is never boring.
First Heyer book that I’ve read so dont whether this is a good or average example of her work.
Found the first chapter or so difficult to get into as I’m not used to her writing style.
There was a point partway through where I saw similarities with Pride and Prejudice (the two main characters initially hate each other, she turns down his initial marriage proposal and there is a crises that brings them back together). Cousin Maria is Mr Collins reincarnated.
So, found the book mildly derivative yet mildly amusing. Wasnt gripping and I did glaze over, especially when Cousin Maria went off on one of her speeches (yes I know that was kind of the point, but…..).