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Lady of Spirit

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Left alone and penniless in London's lower depths, Miss Victoria Dawkins could not afford to refuse the Earl of Clune's offer to become a governess on his estate. But Victoria was unprepared for the danger that awaited her at the manor, when the vengeful ghost of a scandalous past sought her as its victim.
Paperback, 270 pages
Published October 7th 1986 by Signet
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Jul 11, 2014 Elen rated it liked it
It started real great.. and then went downhill. The ending was somewhat poignant and touching, but the whole story after they removed from London to the hall was, well, insipid, I flipped through the pages. It was my second read anyway, I wasn't missing much. It's surprising how the whole story degenerated, it's almost like two different authors wrote it. It was so witty, every sentences leaping off the page to portray the bustle of london slum and the fair (both in looks and morality) miss dawk ...more
Dec 19, 2008 penelopewanders rated it really liked it
So far enjoying this a lot, but very struck by the similarity with another by her, I think - innocent young woman trying to defend her innocence albeit living on the edge, hurt (in this case ill) and taken in to the nobleman's household, along with children she is taking care of...Was it Surrender to Love or the Disguise of Love or one of those I'm thinking of?
At anyrate Layton's writing is wonderful, so even if the plot is not brand new, it's still a terrific read.
After this very similar
Sep 09, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Starts off with some snappy scenes, but meanders and bogs down with randomness about halfway through and never quite recovers.
Heroine was very boring. I also wasn't expecting it to be so old fashioned and gothic, Edith Layton does span a few different styles and I like her newer stuff much better.
May 09, 2010 Frances rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
I learned that I really like her books!
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Edith Layton wrote her first novel when she was ten. She bought a marbleized notebook and set out to write a story that would fit between its covers. Now, an award-winning author with more than thirty novels and numerous novellas to her credit, her criteria have changed. The story has to fit the reader as well as between the covers.

Graduating from Hunter College in New York City with a degree in c
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