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An Accomplished Woman by Jude Morgan
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Jan 26, 12

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Read from January 05 to 07, 2012

Lydia is a clever, talented, young woman in the Regency era who is approaching the age of 30, and after rejecting a proposal from the neighbor, Mr. Lewis Durrant, seems happily disposed to never marrying. We see her wicked sense of humor when she pretends not to be herself to a woman who believes she has led her brother on romantically in the opening chapters. Lydia is asked by her godmother to take on chaperoning in Bath her ward, Phoebe, who in her opening Season in London has attracted the attention of two beaus, Mr. A and Mr. B, who are quite different in their personalities. One is promising diplomat with a charming and intelligent sister and a challenging mother, while the other is a poet and rather flamboyant character. Lewis is also going to Bath on the pretense of finding a wife, hoping that this will straighten out his ne'er-do-well nephew. Lydia and Lewis, who have remained friends, have a wager on whether Lydia can be a good chaperone and whether Lewis will find a wife. Lydia must find a way to work with her own prejudices towards the two suitors. Things get complicated when proposals go awry, and Lydia and Lewis find themselves in a tangled situation. While I expected some of the outcomes, the story led the characters on a merry chase. I enjoyed the story with its similarities to both Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.
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