by Deb Stover

November 2001
ISBN: 0-8217-7091-8
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Lady Elizabeth Summersby, ensconced in England, finds herself pregnant by an American who she thinks is Dirk Ballinger. But since Dirk Ballinger has never left Colorado, he cannot be the father; the real father is actually Dirk’s half brother, Ray Lovejoy. However, Dirk assumes responsibility and has sent for Lady Elizabeth to marry her so that the unborn child will have a proper father, unlike his half-brother who did not know his father.

Lady Elizabeth, along with her maid, Molly, traveled to America to be with Dirk. They had almost reached their destination when their stagecoach had stopped for water and outlaws took the coach and its passengers. As a result, Lady Elizabeth was kidnapped and two people were dead. Molly, however, was not on the stagecoach when this happened, and when she tried to go for help, the horse bucked her off and she fell hitting her head on a rock, leaving her unconscious. Molly was mistaken as Lady Elizabeth because of a dying man’s last words and was promptly married to Dirk while she was still groggy from hitting her head. Needless to say, they were not actually married since Molly’s own name was not used but Lady Elizabeth’s. Molly, fully aware of the mistake, went along with Dirk saying she was his wife, hoping it would help save Lady Elizabeth and proceeded to accompany Dirk to find Ray Lovejoy, since it was the Lovejoy Gang that abducted Lady Elizabeth.

Dirk and Molly are both attracted to each other, drawn to each other even when they distrusted each other from the first. Molly suspected Dirk to be Ray Lovejoy, because of his eyes, and had planned the abduction of Lady Elizabeth. But once on the trail to find the outlaws and Lady Elizabeth, the attraction between Dirk and Molly, and the urge to act on it, is tempted time and time again. Eventually, in their quest, they had both come to know each other and fell in love.

Lady Elizabeth and Ray had an interesting story of their own that was quite unlike Dirk and Molly’s romance. There was definitely no love lost between the two of them. But danger lurked always and Elizabeth was kidnapped once again after giving birth, leaving Ray to take care of the new baby. It takes all of them – Molly, Dirk and Ray - working together to save Elizabeth from the kidnapper.

No Place For A Lady is a superb story by Deb Stover. Ms. Stover was able to weave a tale of past and current sins, mistaken identity, kidnappings and love found when and where you least expect it. She brings together some very likeable individuals; but even unlikable characters become appealing as the story progresses and they come into their own.

Reviewed in February 2002 by Pam.

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