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The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger

(The Lady Travelers Society #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  546 ratings  ·  121 reviews
She must secure her future

A lady should never be obliged to think of matters financial! But when Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe’s carefree, extravagant lifestyle vanishes with the demise of her husband, her only hope lies in retrieving a family treasure—a Renaissance masterpiece currently in the hands of a cunning art collector in Venice. Thankfully, the Lady Travelers Society
Mass Market Paperback, 538 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Hqn
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Joanna Loves Reading
4.5 stars

London. Paris. Monte Carlo. Verona and Venice. I applaud a story that gets out of London and England. VA does a lovely job describing the locales and adding historical tidbits. The main characters were compelling and likable.

Willie is a barely-acceptable, somewhat scandalous widow. Her reputation is mostly due to the life she lived with her husband, running in a fast crowd. She has been widowed for two years and finds she has no true friends her age. She has diligently worked to pay her
I've given this an A for narration and a B for content at AudioGals. The audio edition includes the novella, The Rise and Fall of Reginald Everhart, which was issued separately in print, but I'm reviewing the audio version as published (which includes both stories).

The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger (which I’m henceforth going to refer to as LTGLDS) is book two in Victoria Alexander’s current Lady Travelers Society series, and the audiobook edition also includes the prec
DJ Sakata
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Willie and her father, the Earl of Hillborough, hadn’t spoken in nearly eleven years. On occasion, she missed the father he might have been but not once did she regret the loss of the father he was.

From the look on Marian’s face one would have thought the clouds had parted and a shaft of celestial light had shone upon her. Willie wouldn’t have been at all surprised if the dulcet sounds of heavenly choirs weren’t ringing in Marian’s ears at this very moment.

Yes, well, the idea of
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
The Ladies Travelers Society sets off on another grand adventure in book 2, Larceny with a Dangerous Stranger, and it is a delightful read. Victoria Alexander creates a wonderful cast of characters in which the secondary characters play a great part in the story and are just as intriguing as much as the primary characters. Willie Bascombe has been put in charge of hosting a group of mothers and daughters across Europe. However, her true purpose was to go to Venice to reclaim an important renaiss ...more
Delirious Disquisitions
2.5 stars I read this book for the title and because I pictured this to be some kind of an adventure that would include searching for a missing painting across countries. With a dash of romance obviously. But alas, the larceny in the title only happens in the last 5% and in name only. The romance is pretty instantaneous, sweet, and a little frivolous. But I enjoyed the banter, and the characters are fun. All in all it's a fun, light read that's just a little too long and overstays its welcome 60 ...more
Barbara Rogers
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Series: Lady Travelers Society #2
Publication Date: 11/28/17

What a delightful cast of characters this book contains. It is romantic, funny, romantic, angsty, angry, larcenous and, did I say romantic? You’ll love the secondary characters as much as you love the primary characters. Especially when you throw a handsome, dashing, intelligent, rich Marquess in just so he can try to gum up the works and keep the hero straight.

The Lady Travelers Society was founded by three lonely semi-impoverished old
I am pleasantly enjoying this series. I think I enjoyed this one better than book 1, I just really enjoyed all the characters. Not just the two leads - Dante and Willie, but the other mothers and daughters on the tour as well. Everyone was engaging, interesting and I just really enjoyed all the dynamics. (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good book and I really liked the premise and the first two-thirds of the book. It was fun with the group of Americans joining Willi and Dante on their trek across Europe. There was nothing really wrong with the last third except that I felt the story was just drawn out too long. I kept thinking the conclusion was coming but then the story would take another turn and then another. For some reason I was just getting bored with the story. Also, I was hoping the whole resolution of the pa ...more
Tracy Emro
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wilhelmina, Viscountess Bascome, Willie to her friends, needs to get to Venice to retrieve a valuable painting her late husband used as collateral for a loan. After his untimely death, Willie learned that they were debt ridden and she is basically penniless. When she learns about the painting, it seems like the answer to all her problems, she just needs to get to Venice. She calls on her godmother, Poppy, knowing she is a founding member of the Lady Travelers Society, hoping she will be able to ...more
Candy Briggs
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a marvelous tale, Willie's husband, George died two years ago. She took the two years to think, her husband left her deep in debt. Dante was the director of a very small gallery and found a painting was missing. So he started reseaching. She went on a trip to eventually end in Venice, to pay off a loan and get her picture back As expected this was just the tip of the iceberg.
She and the lady's of the Lady's Traveler Guide, had a great time and became fast friends. This is their story of the
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The heroine in book 1 of this series was very difficult to like, so I'm happy to find both hero and heroine in book 2 are immediately likeable and easy to root for. While the book goes on a bit long, I enjoyed the experience of traveling Europe with a group of adults and teens, much like the tours I used to go on with students as their teacher/chaperone. Even though this is set over a hundred years in the past, those experiences with teens looking to enjoy a little independence and try their win ...more
Kimia Safavi
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Lady Travelers society is one of my favorite series, and I loved the second book Larceny with a Dashing stranger!
As always Victoria Alexander created another brilliant, delightful and amazing romance with adorable characters.
When you read her books not only you will fall in love with heroine and hero but also you will adore the secondary characters.
This is the story of a stuffy, extraordinary intelligent still a little deceptive hero, Dante and the beautiful, scandoulos widow heroine, Willie
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, kindle, 2017
3.5 stars

I'll admit, I found this story a bit slow in the beginning, but I am glad I stuck with it. It ended up being a really fun read. Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger is the second book in the Lady Travelers Society series. In a way, I wish I had read the first book because I feel like I would have gotten more background on how this society started. However, I still enjoyed the story.

Once the trip with Willie and her companions got underway, I was pulled right in and wa
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Lady Travelers Society was created by 3 older women because they could. It has morphed into a service for travelers to find new and exciting adventures in Europe.

Lady Wilhelmina Bascomb is a widow who has financial problems. Her late husband left her with debts and he also stole a painting which was inherited from her grandmother. He used the painting as collateral for a loan. Willie has paid off the debts, but now in order to survive and have a future, she must get the painting and sell it
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Join the Lady Travelers Society in their latest romantic misadventure, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander

She must secure her future

A lady should never be obliged to think of matters financial! But when Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe's carefree, extravagant lifestyle vanishes with the demise of her husband, her only hope lies in retrieving a family treasure—a Renaissance masterpiece currently in the hands of a cunning art collector in Venice. Thankful
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just delightful!

Widowed Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe finds that all was not as smooth sailing as she thought. It seems she and her husband had partied their way through life, incurring the sort of debts that fit their new extravagant lifestyle. Having paid off most of what was owed, Willie's last hope of some monetary security is to reclaim a Renaissance painting her husband used as collateral for a loan. And that's where the Lady Travelers Society comes in. Willie has to travel to Venice to seal th
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

This Lady Travelers Guide is a fitting successor to the first book in this delightful series, The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen, even though both the hero and the heroine are opposites from those in the first book.

Unlike India Prendergast, Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe is quite likeable, and more than a bit uncertain of herself. Which does not stop her from being absolutely determined to find a way to rescue her fortunes without resortin
Tanja Kezmic
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: omgreads
Victoria Alexander can write; I’ve read a few of her stories and every time it amazes me how much I enjoy her stories. She puts a lot of work in the research which is show how exact and colorful she describes all the places characters visit.

Everything about this historical romance worked for me. From the way Willie had to grow up when her husband died and leaves her with debt
and then is “forced” to go on this great journey to help her change her life. Willie and Dante were a great combination
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to be given an advanced reader copy of this book, which does not affect my review. Loved this book! It had a unique plot, another madcap Lady Traveler's adventure. This time, it involved Willie, who has weaseled her way into being a guide, so that she can get to Europe and reclaim a painting that her late husband pawned. In her tour, she has American mothers and their daughters, as well as an English mother and her daughter. Dante "tags along" with his sister and niece, as he ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe lived a carefree, somewhat wild life until her husband died. Then it all came crashing down. It wasn't that she truly loved her husband but she also didn't know how truly in debt they were. The only way she can dig herself out of the hole is to retrieve a priceless family artifact that her husband used as a lien on a loan.
Her family friends arrange to have her lead a tour of mothers and daughters on the Continent. A cover that will help her hide her true purpose in goin
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got this as part of a gift labelled "the worst Santa could find". Apparently my sister-in-law doesn't know that I can source my own trashy books, and that this one is delightful.
There's a great character arc for both the hero and the heroine. Neither have epic amounts of childhood trauma, but have to make changes to become worthy of each other.
The travel setting is interesting and fun, and I love the way that the women support each other and become fast friends.
I would definitely
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2018
3.5 stars.

Quite an engaging listen. Probably shouldn't have done it back to back with Book 1 as there were a lot of similar themes - the little secrets kept by the H/h, the Paris sights and the trust issue. Although I think it's perfectly normal not being completely honest with someone you've just met.

It's a bit of a travelogue once the trip continued from Paris, with stops in Monte Carlo, Genoa, Verona until the main destination of Venice. For me, it was like reliving my own Eurorail travels.

Brenda Mengeling
Fun and over-the-top. The real world doesn't work this way, but that's okay. If you like some romance, banter, and a little mystery set in the 1880s Europe, and you need a little levity and escape, here's your next read.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting premise that ultimately felt long and a little stale after a while. I would have much preferred more banter and romance then discussions of paintings and worried inner monologues from our two main characters.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Larceny brought up a great many themes in it that I truly enjoy, and believe that many women who are of any era sometimes struggle with during their lives. Ms. Alexander once again brought enjoyable characters, although I will admit, again, my fascination with the secondary characters, especially our protagonist's sister and niece. Women throughout the centuries have had a challenge with financial education, and men are not necessarily better in this arena as our heroine discovers prior to chapt ...more
Lisa Zeigler
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to receive a copy of this book from Ms. Alexander and enjoyed this second story as much as the first in the series.

I find it interesting how formal life was many years ago, and love to read about history. Historical romance can be quite educational and entertaining with the culture, the dress, the speech, society restrictions and travel. As in the first book, hosting a trip of strangers through other countries is almost beyond the capabilities of many women during this time. As
Amary Chapman
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Wilhemia Bascombe is desperate to get to Italy to retrieve a painting her deceased husband borrowed money on without her permission. It was inherited from her grandmother was her chance to get out out debt and live a quiet life.
Her Aunt Poppy got her a spot custom made with the Lady Travelers Society as a tour guide, for her to be able to retrieve it.
Dante Montague is also after the painting, his grandfather owned a triptych and it was the center piece. He wanted it for the family art gallery
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A throughly delightful story! Adventure awaits as the Lady Travelers Society sets a tour group off to Venice. Lady Willie is leading a group of mostly American women and their daughters thru France and Italy, showing them sites she supposedly has seen. Guide book and maps in hand, she shoulders the responsibility of these women with a personal end-goal.

This book is a great, fun read!
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This may be my new favorite series. From the detailed descriptions of the European cities to the engaging dialogue, I feel like I’m right there with a characters experiencing the adventure.
Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe, or Willie as she’s known to her friends, carefree life came to a crashing end when her husband dies and she realizes that she is on a verge of being penniless. Instead a finding a rich husband she decides to take charge of her life and find a way to secure her future, which means set
Beth Hernandez
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series just keeps getting better. The author really draws you in with her character development. Travel, mishaps, hidden agendas and of course romance! Must read for anyone who loves to travel. You’ll feel as if you have been to Italy (on the modern day hop on hop off red bus) It’s that good! I can’t wait to see where we travel next in this series!
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995,

Other books in the series

The Lady Travelers Society (4 books)
  • The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen (The Lady Travelers Society, #1)
  • The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl (The Lady Travelers Society, #3)
  • The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After (The Lady Travelers Society, #4)
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