by Judith A. Landsdowne

March 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7018-7
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Mass Market Paperback

Shall We Dance? is the story of Josiah Elliot and Miranda Wesley, characters from Ms. Lansdownes’ previous title, My Fair Quiggley. In my opinion, their budding romance, in My Fair Quiggley, was more interesting and far surpassed the main characters’ romance, so I was thrilled to get to read Josiah and Miranda’s story.

Josiah Elliot, former soldier and ex-highwayman, must find the evidence that supports his claim of noble birth in order for him to propose to his love, Lady Miranda Wesley, the sister of a Duke. While Miranda has always shunned convention and is remarkably independent, Josiah leaves her nonetheless (in My Fair Quiggley) to discover the truth, believing that this is the only way to win her hand. Embarking on a journey where he searches for his missing nephews and to discover what happened to his brother, Josiah disguises himself as a valet to the Earl of Blazingame, a man who might be able to help him in his quest. Amidst intrigue and romance, Josiah, with the help of the impatient Miranda and other quirky characters, must discern the truth before a cunning and greedy enemy stops them from discovering what has happened in the past.

Shall We Dance? begins with a slow and confusing start that manages to clear up within the first few chapters. However, multiple detailed plots start to make the story seem to drag on and can get just a bit bothersome. Eccentric characters make the story fun and bearable, along with a secondary romance or two…with the promise of more, maybe? Chaste love scenes were a plus, in my opinion. Sometimes it’s just nice to read about romance as opposed to sex scenes.

All in all, Shall We Dance? was neither bad nor outstanding, but it was a pleasant story to read on a rainy afternoon.

Reviewed in May 2002 by Thea.

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