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Review: The Reluctant Widow

The Reluctant Widow
The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Elinor is an impoverished young lady who takes a job as a governess and after a slight misunderstanding ends up taking the wrong carriage on her way to her new position. By the time she realizes her mistake it is too late to correct her error. Instead she meets Lord Carlyon, who has a problem to solve regarding the marriage of his cousin, and see’s Elinor as the solution. Elinor allows herself to be convinced into the arrangement, and within hours of the marriage she is widowed.

In her new home, Elinor finds herself mixed up in some intrigue surrounded by interesting , and hilarious characters. Nicky is the rambunctious, headstrong youngest brother of Lord Carlyon, and he finds himself continuously getting into scrapes due to his impetuousness. Bouncer, Nicky’s misbehaving dog, steals the show with his antics and provides lots of laughs throughout the book.

I enjoyed the heroine’s snarky, witty responses to the absurd situations she found herself in, especially in the face of the hero’s imperturbable attitude.

I would have liked to have seen more interactions between the two lead characters, but I still enjoyed this humorous romance with a little mystery thrown in.
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