When I had the opportunity to read Kathryn Caskie’s new book, Lady in Waiting, I eagerly jumped at the chance. Her previous book, Rules of Engagement, had received high praise, and I was looking forward to my introduction to a new author.
While I am certain that Lady in Waiting will receive glowing reviews elsewhere, I find that I was not very enamored of the book. There were situations that constantly chafed at my brain and blocked any enthusiasm I may have had at the start.
The premise of the book was a major irritant. Imagine a young woman, of illegitimate birth, who is not only allowed, but encouraged by her employers to pretend to be a woman of quality. She has an inflated sense of self-worth and spends her idle moments shopping for the latest trinket or gown. When the ladies that she serves decide to matchmake, they concoct a persona to dupe an charming Scotsman who did not deserve their dishonesty. The entire plot was unbelievable for the time period. There is no way that “Lady Genevieve” could just appear in Bath out of thin air with no history with society. In addition, I cannot imagine that the encouragement she recieved in her deceit would ever really happen. The author has asked me to suspend too much disbelief.
The hero of the book, Callum Campbell, Lord Argyll, is a charming man. He has some personal issues to work through, but the merry chase he is led on is undeserved. He should have run in the opposite direction as soon as he set eyes on that selfish little plotter.
Readers who liked Rules of Engagement may find this book to their liking, since a number of characters reappear. I will be leaving Ms. Caskie’s future books to another reviewer.