When a prank goes wrong, headstrong squire's daughter Jocasta Stanyon wakes up in the bedchamber of an inn with no memory of who she is. The inn is owned by widow Meg Cowley and her handsome son Richard, who proves to be more than a match for the unconventional Miss Stanyon.
Having enjoyed a carefree childhood, Jocasta has refused all offers for her hand in the hopes of one day finding a soul mate who shares her sense of the ridiculous. She is drawn to Richard, but their stations in life are far apart and despite prolonging her stay by devious means, the idyll cannot last. When, by chance, her brother Harry turns up at the Holly Tree Inn, Jocasta has no choice but to return home. She hopes to persuade her father of Richard's qualities, but then she is summoned to receive the addresses of a fashionable stranger...
"Witty, charming and delightful, everything a Regency romance should be!" Nicola Cornick
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The first time I read anything by Ms. King was a few weeks ago when I was copy-editing her story, Copenhagen's Last Charge, for a Waterloo anthology we are both involved in*. I kept telling myself to slow down, since I was supposed to reading slowly and carefully to find errors. But I found myself so immersed in the story that I couldn't seem to slow down. (Disclaimer: Copenhagen's Last Charge was copy-edited by another person as well, so if anything was missed, it isn't entirely my fault. However, the story itself is so compelling that not even the draconian proofreader could fail to be captivated.) A Sense of the Ridiculous had the same effect on me. This time, of course, I wasn't copy-editing, since it was already published, but I have to admit I was hooked from the moment I met Miss Jocasta Stanyon. A more delightful hoyden heroine was never before invented, well, that I can remember, that is. She's just as horse-mad as her creator (hi, Heather!), but is just as comfortable in a ballroom, and can sew her own clothes as well! She has her faults. She's stubborn, impulsive,a bit spoiled by her adoring father, and she doesn't always tell the truth, although her untruths are more faults of omission than outright lies.Hey, she's human.You can't help liking her. She's also daring, witty, and… ahem… sometimes wears men's clothes. Richard Cowley, the hero, is a cut or two above the average innkeeper. Well, at least half a dozen. Most of the innkeepers I've run into in my experience reading historical romances have definitely not been young, handsome, good-natured, fun-loving, and still loves his mother. And his grandparents too. No wonder our heroine takes a few liberties with the truth so that she can hang around a bit longer with the fascinating Mr. Cowley and his delightful family. Read this story immediately. You'll want to know if the squire's daughter ends up becoming an innkeeper's wife if the innkeeper decides to let convention hang and fly off to Gretna Green with his beloved if the squire's daughter decides to get even with her father by running off with the stable boy if the squire's son ever feels guilty about putting his passion for sport ahead of his responsibility for his sister That's all I'm going to say. You'll have to read the story to find out if any of those things happen, and you'll probably be laughing all the way through it.