My Review: I had an amazing time reading this book. I read it in 48 hours. We follow Cory/ Corinna’s journey trying to find her long lost father, by which she goes through great lengths to get to London. Her life takes a positive turn when she happens upon a trio of young men who take her under their wing and give her friendship, a home and inspiration. After working out that her father is non other than Lord Ramsbury who has recently suffered a significant loss and is trying to find her too. We meet Darius and Alick Wolfe and a number of other amazing characters, such as Laura Flowerdew, Suze, William Swift etc.

I fell in love with Piro the dog and Eclipse the horse. We have babies, kidnapping, love, fights. It’s so engaging that I wouldn’t mind seeing this televised. I was totally immersed in the romanticism of the story and wouldn’t mind an Alick/ Will Swift type in my life too. I absolutely recommend this book. 5 shiny stars.

An Unsuitable Heiress

‘Do you realise, Corinna, just how hard it is for a young woman of irregular birth, without family, fortune or friends in the world? Marriage is the only way to get any chance of a life.’

Following the death of her mother, Corinna Ormesby has lived a quiet life in the countryside with her cantankerous Cousin Agnes. Her father’s identity has been a tantalising mystery, but now at nineteen Corinna knows that finding him may be her only way to avoid marriage to the odious Mr Beech.

Deciding to head to London, Corinna dons a male disguise. Travelling alone as a young woman risks scandal and danger, but when, masquerading as a youth, she is befriended by three dashing blades, handsome and capable Alick Wolfe, dandy Ferdinand Shilton and the incorrigible Lord Purfoy, Corinna now has access to the male-only world of Regency England. And when she meets Alick’s turbulent brother Darius, a betrayal of trust leads to deadly combat which only one of the brothers may survive.

From gambling in gentleman’s clubs to meeting the courtesans of Covent Garden, Corinna’s country naivety soon falls away. But when she finds her father at last, learns the truth about her parentage and discovers her fortunes transformed, she must quickly decide how to reveal her true identity, while hoping that one young man in particular can see her for the beauty and Lady she really is.

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Jane Dunn is an historian and biographer and the author of seven acclaimed biographies, including Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters and the Sunday Times and NYT bestseller, Elizabeth & Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens. She comes to Boldwood with her first fiction outing – a trilogy of novels set in the Regency period, the first of which  is to be published in January 2023. She lives in Berkshire with her husband, the linguist Nicholas Ostler.

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