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Posted July 29, 2012
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New York Times bestseller Eileen Dreyer has done it again, this
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New York Times bestseller Eileen Dreyer has done it again, this time with a sparkling but smaller entry in her popular Regency offerings.
In IT BEGINS WITH A KISS, Dreyer slips us a bon bon of a novella which introduces Fiona Ferguson and her three friends, all students at Miss Chase’s Finishing School in Bath. Or, as the girls dub the cruelly strict place, the Last Chance Academy. But the school is more than it seems; its real purpose is closely guarded, even from the students.
Fiona, labeled ‘incorrigible’ by the headmistress, has received a letter bearing frightening news. Her twin sister has been spirited away by a suspicious man claiming to have been sent by their brother. Fee knows that’s impossible. Their brother, an officer fighting with the Highland Brigade on the Peninsula, has gone missing in the war. She must find a way home to Scotland, for only she can save her sister.
But Fiona faces a dilemma. She’s under lockdown in the school’s attic for attempting to slip away on that journey. Her closest friend, Pippin, urges her to wait. Pip’s elder brother Alex is on his way and Pip insists he will help in the search. For in her heart, Pip’s certain he works for the government.
But Fee can’t wait. Her sister’s life depends on it. With the help of Pip and another friend, she escapes to set out on her mission, only to be tracked down by the intriguing, all-too-appealing Alex Knight. And when he finds her, the shocking secret he discloses will change Fiona’s life forever.
Dreyer’s wit and humor crackle with energy, and her characters are wonderfully drawn, as usual. It’s apparent why Dreyer is currently nominated for a RITA®, the Romance Writers of America’s top award for published authors.
If you haven’t read Eileen Dreyer’s stories, IT BEGINS WITH A KISS is an excellent place to start. But a warning: like bon bons, they can be habit-forming.