by Wilma Counts

December 2004
ISBN: 0-8217-7719-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

At the age of twenty-four, Lady Allyson Crossleigh still finds herself very unattached and almost firmly ‘on the shelf’. She considers herself quite happily free of the marriage mart frenzy and if she had her way her life would stay as it is and since she usually does get her way, then why should she worry about it? She soon realizes that the real world is not all that she wishes it to be when an attempt to abduct her is foiled by a handsome stranger. She soon finds herself the unwilling recipient of a footman who, as ordered by her father, must dog her every step and keep her from harm. But who will keep her from harm when this handsome footman runs away with her heart?

Nathan Christopher is a soldier recovering from a war injury. Instead of being reunited with his regiment, Nathan is summoned to perform a different task for King and country. He is being appointed “nursemaid” to a spoiled lady of the ton and he’s none too happy about it. At first, Lady Allyson is merely a very pretty nuisance, but she soon becomes a great deal more. If Nathan thinks that keeping his true identity from her is going to be hard, how will he ever keep his true feelings hidden from her as well? He must keep his mission in mind or risk the life and the love of the one woman who has ever stolen his heart.

Wilma Counts is no new comer to Regency romance. She writes a story of intrigue, adventure and love that is very believable and a story that the reader can get lost in. Nathan and Allyson compliment each other on many levels. They are both very proud people, with a love of adventure and an honor of family. They fight like cats and dogs but can’t deny the attraction for each other, no matter how hard they try. Ms. Counts also gives the reader something special that makes this story a real keeper. Within the story is a special character, a girl of 11 years of age who is also a ghost. Maryvictoria Elizabeth Watkinson steals the story, at times. Adding her to the cast of characters brings the whole story together and will be sure to bring The Lady and the Footman to your keeper shelf with all of your regency historicals.

Reviewed in February 2005 by Debbie.

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