by Alissa Johnson

June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-425-24181-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Winnefred Blythe has been an orphan for more than half her life. On her fatherís deathbed he gave her to the safe-keeping of the Marquess of Englsy. The marquess proceeded to pass her along to her governess, Lilly, to raise, and sent them both to Scotland on a meager allowance. Winnefred and Lilly learn to live on 5 pounds a year and they learn to survive with hard work and perseverance.

Lord Gideon Haverston discovers that his step-mother has been stealing funds from the family coffers for quite sometime. Unfortunately, she has been stealing from a ward by the name of Winnefred Blythe. He plans on returning all of the stolen funds and righting all the evils of his step-mother.

When Freddy and Gideon meet, he sees stars. Literally, since she hits him on the head with a gun because she thinks he is a robber. Gideon thinks he should receive the reception of a hero, but is instead met with suspicion and distrust. But then they both find themselves attracted to each other and longing for something they both could never be.

Nearly a Lady is a slow read. It takes a while to get to the point of the story. While you sympathize with the characters, it is difficult to get into the story because the build up is endless. When you finally make it to the meat of the story, it becomes enjoyable. I would have like to see the main character more confrontational. Pretty good read, just a bit slow on getting to the point.

Reviewed in July 2011 by Lakisha.

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