Lady Drusilla Shaw had always had a vivid imagination, and
she has been secretly writing a novel in which she mocks
some aristocrats, most recently the Duke of Mountsorrel. Her
story is loosely based on the Duke's family, but her
manuscript was for her eyes only and now it has inexplicably
vanished. It could not have happened at a worst time:
Oliver, the Duke of Mountsorrel himself, who was looking for
a wife, has shown a definite interest in Dru, after his
initial shocking reaction. Is everything lost for Dru, who
had feared she would forever remain a spinster?
Lynn Connolly's The
Shaws keeps getting better and better! DAUNTLESS has
a very intricately crafted plot, which had me on the edge of
my seat for most of the book. The characters are some of the
most complex I have ever read, and several had me completely
baffled, and one in particular is a gem in a historical
romance. Such ingenuity! Dru and Oliver's connection was
positively electric; they can barely keep their hands off
each other, and the physical side of the romance took me my
surprise (and very pleasantly so).
We get to catch up with some of the Shaws, and I was
thrilled to see how it was going with Darius and Andrew. Ms.
Connolly's attention to historical detail made DAUNTLESS an
extraordinary read: I felt I experienced Georgian London as
if I had been there: the architecture, the sights, the
opulence of the aristocracy's dress, all in vivid color; it
is absolutely enthralling! But the story, oh the story! The
theft of Dru's manuscript proves to be even more
catastrophic than first appeared to be, and I was hanging on
to Ms. Connolly's every word because I had no idea how this
dreadful debacle would turn out.
DAUNTLESS is also an aptly chosen title, as it defines
several characters, and some of whom revealed themselves as
not being at all what they first appeared to be. Lynne
Connolly's superb prose and flawless dialogues flow
seamlessly while the author adheres scrupulously to the
era's language. DAUNTLESS an exceptional character study
filled with breathtaking intrigue and laced with a realistic
and very sensual romance.
The Shaws are one of Britainís most influential,
dynamic families, but one Shaw prefers to keep a low
profile. Unfortunately, the limelight can shine
behind-the-scenes . . .
Lady Drusilla Shaw may be a bit introverted, yet she has the
observant mind of a writer, capturing all of societyís
quirks and scandals. But when the novel sheís been working
on disappears from her room, that is just the beginning of
her problems. Confident, magnetic Oliver, Duke of
Mountsorrel, has taken an interest in Dru, and when he
proposes, she is both thrilled and anxious. Her book depicts
a ruinous family story that is uncannily similar to Oliverís
real-life, not to mention libelous. The manuscript could
surface at any momentóand eventually it does, in published
form, for all to read . . .
Oliver is bewildered by his new wife and her blasted book.
Worst of all, how can he love a woman he no longer trusts?
But when it becomes obvious that someone is taking their
cues from the book in a series of attacks, he has no choice
but to stick close to her. Their explosive connection in bed
should take care of the heir-making, but for that to happen,
Drusilla has to stay aliveóand so does Oliver