Annalise Avery would rather run away than marry the despicable man her stepfather has chosen for her. All he wants is her fortune anyway. Escaping with two servants, Annalise takes employment at Lord Gardiner’s town house, disguised as a housekeeper. No one suspects that the new housekeeper for his wild lordship’s London pied-à-tierre is a diamond of the first water and a famous horsewoman. But as Annalise becomes familiar with Gardiner’s tomcatting, she vows to thwart the despicable man and his lascivious ways. Sleeping powders in the wine and fleas in the bed do just the trick! In the meantime, his lordship has grown quite preoccupied by the very mysterious Lady in Green who rides through the park atop a magnificent steed, spurring hearts young and old – including his own!
Rating: Narration – B; Content – C
I’ve enjoyed a number of Barbara Metzger’s Regency Romances in print, and decided to listen to the recently released Lady in Green as it’s one I haven’t yet read. Her books are undoubtedly fluffy; those I’ve read are humorous and lively with lots of fun dialogue – and the synopsis of this – in which a young heiress in disguise becomes the housekeeper for a notorious rake – sounded as though it would be a nice, light-hearted listen.
But I’m sorry to say that while it’s definitely light-hearted, I disliked the principal storyline intensely. I know it’s meant to be madcap and zany; and perhaps it was in 1993 when the book was originally published, but over twenty years later, the heroine’s sanctimonious, holier-than-thou attitude got on my nerves to such an extent that it’s a miracle I stuck it out for the whole (almost) seven hours.
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