Emily Wallace, the Dowager Viscountess Tuncliffe, needs an architect. An architect to repair her inherited London townhouse. She hires Duncan Mc Allister.
A widower and father to a young daughter, he is initially leery of the widow - her late husband having been, in the past his enemy. Soon though he discovers not only her passion for art, but also her stubborn nature. One he’s determined to encourage, the other he’s trying to avoid.
However, striving to be proper and respectable, Emily has no use for her growing feelings of respect and admiration for Duncan. And so he needs to be equally stubborn to win her heart and her art.
Mr. McAllister Sets His Cap is charming and witty with dialogues that propel the story with a breathtaking pace towards an ending I cherished. It’s original in its characters. I love their profession, their artistic souls, and find them far more intriguing than others with large estates and inherited titles and fortunes. However…
It’s not just Laura Paquet’s book, Mr. McAllister Sets His Cap, that I am voicing a complaint over a formula I seem to encounter far too often. The formula that spells out how characters are to fall in love. It seems to always happen along the same lines and as such they get overused. I’d welcome a change, just to see it done differently for once. As I’m not reading that many Regencies I can’t tell if I’m asking too much of a genre that seems set in its ways. With Mr. McAllister Sets His Cap though a change could have turned an entertaining book into an exceptional one.