Nothing exciting has ever happened to Winifred Smith-until a dashing Marquess turns up in her hometown. But when he mistakes her for a lady of fashion, she's too beguiled to correct him...
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Began in 1813, Weymouth. Miss Winifred Smith was known as Freddie to her mother (Louisa) and her friends. Nothing spectacular ever happened to her before. Freddie and her mother ran a lodging house. It had an advantage since it was close to the royal residence and the Esplanade. Cassian Stratford, Marquess of Lansdale, spied Winifred at the quay and became fascinated by her actions. Thus, he followed her for awhile. Though she ware fashion from a year before, he believed her to be a lady of quality who was trying to disguise herself for some reason. Upon learning this, Freddie did not attempt to change his idea of her. In fact, she did her best to embellish the opinion. Heiress Lavinia Thorogood was Freddie's new close friend. She was smitten by a young poet named Andrew Beaumont. Freddie believed the man to be a fortune hunter, as did Lavinia's father, who wished to match Lavinia to another. However, Freddie could not make Lavinia see this. Then there was Lady Heathcote, described as a false friend and rival of Lavinia's mother. Freddie, for the second time, was mistaken for someone (or something) else. This time as Miss Frederica Durham. Lavinia began to use the mix-up to prove (to her father) that his choice for her was not worthy of her hand. **** There is much more going on that I state, as I am sure you could tell. Author Sandra Heath never writes shallow Regency novels, so it is usually impossible for me to give a good synopsis unless I turned it into an essay. I hope I managed to at least familiarize you with the main characters. If you are looking for a simple romance with no mystery or sub-plots, look elsewhere. This novel targets readers who wish for more in their romances. **** REVIEWER: DETRA FITCH.