by Donna Simpson

June 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7194-9
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Mass Market Paperback

Jane Dresden was on her way to meet her potential betrothed when she received a note from her mother. It appears that the moment that she left town, her mother had decided to remarry a man that Jane wasn’t too fond of. Jane’s mother also “advised” her to marry the viscount as it is the “best” option (not to mention the only one!) for Jane. As Jane correctly surmised, her mother’s marriage left her no other course except to accept a forced marriage.

But Jane, distraught as she is, wanted more for herself than being married to a presumably cold-hearted viscount. So, she ran away during one of their stops and put everyone, including the viscount’s family, into a state of distress.

However, while Jane is missing, Gerry, Lord Haven, the said viscount, meets a sweet faced girl, who is supposedly a lady’s maid visiting her cousin, Mary, one of his widowed tenants and childhood friend. Finding Miss Jane Dresden is of paramount importance, of course, but Jenny, the fresh-faced lady’s maid, is sooo very distracting….

The plot of mistaken/hidden identities (yes, there’s two!) is cute and could have been more fun. But both Jane and Gerry (awful name for a hero!) are too serious about themselves – which really makes them perfect for each other! The ever keen and perceptive grandmother is the saving grace – she’s old, brash, and entertaining! There’s also the hoydenish sister, who I wished had a happy ending as well (unless she has her own separate story?!).

Nevertheless, A Country Courtship is still a fairly good read – a bit on the corny side (it’s a regency!) but the plot is interesting though predictable. Borrow it from your local library if you’re in the mood for a warm-hearted read.

Reviewed in August 2002 by Veronica.

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