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The Houseparty by Anne Stuart
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Feb 23, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: romance-historical
Read in January, 1985

The Houseparty is a Regency Romance in which Lizzie Traherne is a guest at a houseparty, along with her proper brother Sumner. Sumner wants her to marry the host, Adolphus Wingert, a portly fellow who favors pink and likes to smack his lips. Lizzie is against it. Adolphus' mother is also against it, as she makes known in various ways. Also present is Brenna, who is after Sumner, and the luscious widow the Contessa, who may or may not have several schemes going on. Captain Michael Fraser is also in attendance and rumors abound that he is a spy for the French. Since Lizzie's other brother is doing undercover work for the English in France, she sees the need to foil any possible plans Fraser might have. After learning there is a list of English spies hidden somewhere in the house, she sets out to uncover it. But one or more of the other guests seems to have the same idea!

Anne Stuart has written contemporary and historical romances, in many different categories. Sometimes her writing is dark but this time it is light and funny. The characters are interesting and the sparks fly between the hero Fraser and his heroine Lizzie. A nice, quick read!

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