by Melissa McCann

April 2004
ISBN: 1-58749-394-2
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Caroline Hedley is used to be politely insulted by her cousins. She works for them as an unpaid governess for their two children. She deals with them because she has no other choice.

Her cousin, Nora, receives a letter from a friend. In the letter are condolences for their aunt. Neither Nora nor Caro have seen their aunt in years, but they do know she shouldn’t be dead. Nora packs Caro up and sends her to check out the situation.

Caro is horrified at what she finds when she gets to Puck Hall. Her aunt is bed ridden. The servants are insolent and disobedient. She knows that something must be done so or her aunt could very well die. She enlists the aid of Mr. Cumberland, a lawyer, to help her get to the bottom of what is happening at Puck Hall.

A gentle story, even with the tension of the servants and the mystery of what is really going on. Caro seems like a rather independent lady who might be a little naďve about what is going on in the world. She finds herself tempted, but shows her character by not giving in to temptation. The secondary characters are interesting and help to make the story move along.

The Lady and The Lawyer is a tender story of a woman trying to figure out her true place in the world.

Reviewed in March 2004 by Jenni.

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