Swim naked in the moonlight
Play in a high stakes card game
Ride an elephant
Be painted sans clothing.
Take a lover. . .
Lucy Merryweather has inherited a fortune--and her great-aunt's list of unfulfilled wishes. What better way to honor her memory than by accomplishing as many of them as possible? And with Lucy's family an ocean away in New York, nothing stands in her way--if one ignores the private investigator hired to spy on her.
Yet Cameron Effington is infuriatingly difficult to ignore. . .
As a reporter, Cameron is always looking for a good story. An American heiress running rampant between Millworth Manor and Mayfair is the perfect subject. Not to mention captivating. And extremely kissable. And if Lucy believes he's a detective? Well, the truth should never get in the way of a good story--or hinder delicious, impetuous passion. . .
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The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress
By Victoria Alexander
KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.Copyright © 2015 Cheryl Griffin
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Cameron Effington, the youngest son of the Duke of Roxborough, resisted the urge to clench his teeth and instead adopted his most cordial expression and met his father's disapproving gaze at the far end of the dining table. "Yes, Father, my work is most satisfactory. Thank you for asking."
His father's eyes narrowed. "Well, as long as it's satisfactory."
"Father," Cam's oldest brother, Spencer, the Marquess of Helmsley, said in a low, warning tone. As the next duke, Spencer had long seen himself as the diplomat in the family.
His father had been less than pleased when Cam had taken a position with Cadwallender's Daily Messenger more than a year ago. But aside from the occasional disgruntled comment, the duke usually refrained from discussing his youngest son's work. Tonight, however, there was an undercurrent to his words that did not bode well.
Cam's twin brothers, Simon and Thaddeus, traded glances but wisely kept their mouths shut. It would not do for Father to turn his displeasure toward them, although admittedly they had done nothing of late to incur his ire. At least nothing Cam was aware of. His widowed sister, Grace, Lady Watersfeld, continued with her meal, completely ignoring the potential for a family squabble that hung over the table along with the aroma of roasted beef. Two years older than Cam, Grace too had long ago learned the wisdom of not distracting Father and thus bringing her own misdeeds to his attention.
Admittedly they were more often than not quite a congenial group unless the subject arose of Cam's choice of profession—indeed that he chose to have a profession at all. Or the discussion turned to the fact that none of them was currently married, none of them had any particular prospects for marriage, and none of them seemed to be making any effort to alleviate that situation. Or the occasional indiscretion and mild scandal any of them might be involved in raised its head. Still, Cameron did give his siblings credit as they were usually most discreet. At those times, one would have thought Father's entire life had been above reproach, which was far from the truth. Although his offspring were usually wise enough not to bring up Father's less than stellar behavior in his youth.
"Jonathon," his mother said in her best Duchess of Roxborough voice, which had long struck fear into the hearts of her children and husband alike. "It is all I can do to entice my children here once a week. I shall not allow you to spoil it."
Father gasped. "I would never—"
"We agreed this was to be a cordial evening," Mother continued.
Cordial or not, dinner every Thursday at Effington House when Cam's siblings were in London was in the nature of a command appearance. While all the Effington offspring had their own private residences, a constant source of annoyance to the duke, Mother insisted her children present themselves for dinner once a week. Legitimate reasons for absence from this ritual were accepted, but woe be it to anyone who missed more than two consecutive dinners. Nonetheless, this was the first time in more than a month that all of the duke and duchess's children were seated at the table together.
Father's eyes widened in a show of feigned innocence. "I was being cordial."
"For the moment perhaps." Mother's eyes narrowed. "But I know you, Jonathon Effington. I know exactly how you think and I certainly know that look on your face."
"I don't have a look on my face," Father said under his breath, and speared a piece of perfectly cooked beef with far more vengeance than was necessary. "I don't know what's wrong with a father asking a son about his avocation."
"I believe you mean vocation, Father," Grace said in a deceptively pleasant manner. There was nothing Grace liked better than throwing fuel on the fire. As long as it was someone else's fire. "An avocation is a hobby, a vocation is a profession."
Father's brow furrowed in annoyance. "I know—"
"Grandmother is not joining us tonight?" Thad asked in an effort to change the course of the conversation. Cam cast him a grateful look. Thad too thought of himself as a peacemaker.
"I'm afraid not." Mother sighed. "She was going to retire early as she was quite done in. Some of her friends came by this afternoon and they spent a great deal of time visiting."
"And compiling lists of eligible matches, no doubt," Grace said under her breath.
"I believe all their plans and plots and schemes may well keep them young. They do have a grand time. And you, all of you"—Mother's pointed look circled the table—"should be most grateful for their efforts. One never knows where one might find a match not only suitable but perfect." Mother smiled at her husband. "Don't you agree, Jonathon?"
Father cast her a look that might well have been considered wicked if, of course, he wasn't, well, Father. "Cupid's arrow strikes without warning, when one least expects or desires it. And often in the most unusual manner." His gaze lingered on his wife and true affection shone in his eyes.
None of the Effington offspring knew the exact details of Mother and Father's courtship save that Mother's cousin was one of Father's oldest friends. Cam had long suspected there was more to it than that as it was obvious theirs had been a love match and just as obvious that it still was. Father cleared his throat. "Your mother is right. The efforts of your grandmother and her cronies should not be dismissed without due consideration, even if you view those efforts as meddling and manipulative."
Grandmother, the dowager duchess and matriarch of the Effington family, had recently passed her ninetieth birthday. Whereas before reaching that milestone she had often said how she looked forward to joining her beloved husband, Thomas, in the next life, now she was determined to cling to this life until she reached one hundred years or had seen all her grandchildren happily wed, whichever came first. Judging by the way her daughter-in-law was enthusiastically engaged in the same pursuit, one would have thought Mother was eager to see the old lady go.
Unfortunately, as most of Cam's cousins were older and already wed, and Grandmother resided with her only son and his wife, her matchmaking efforts focused almost exclusively on those grandchildren now seated around the table.
It wasn't as if they hadn't tried. Spencer had been engaged to the lovely Eleanora Matthew, the daughter of an earl and eminently suitable to be a future duchess. But Eleanora had succumbed to measles five years ago and it had taken Spencer some time to move on with his life. Cam was fairly certain no one else in the family, except perhaps Simon, knew that Thad had been in love with the young woman as well. Both brothers' hearts had broken when she died, although Spencer could mourn publicly and Thad's sorrow was private. This was what love did to a man.
In spite of the example set by his parents, Cam was glad he had never succumbed to that fickle emotion. Nor did he wish to. And no matter how many prospective brides Grandmother and her friends herded in his direction, marriage held no particular appeal. Fortunately, Grandmother concentrated most of her efforts on his older brothers and sister, but Cam was under no illusion that she did not have him in her sights as well.
Grace had dutifully married Henry, Lord Watersfeld, a nice enough sort, who was liked and approved by the family and most importantly the dowager duchess, who was notoriously hard to please about prospective matches regardless of how much she wanted her grandchildren to wed. While Grace did appear to care for him, it also seemed to Cam that she relished being a widow far more than she had being a wife. Grace avoided most attempts to find her a new match by declaring, as it had only been three years since Henry's death, she was still mourning, when in truth she used the freedom accorded her as a widow of independent means to pursue her own interests. Interests of an artistic nature. Something Mother knew and Father did not. Father was not overly fond of artistic endeavors.
"Being manipulative and meddling is one of the few joys left to me." Grandmother's voice rang from the doorway.
"Mother." The duke and his sons jumped to their feet. "Fiona said you had retired."
"I had but I changed my mind. I'm allowed to do that, you know." In spite of her age, her voice was strong and determined, but she leaned heavily on a carved, ivory-headed cane. She frequently complained that her mind was as sharp as ever but the rest of her was falling apart. "After a most refreshing nap I found I would rather be in the bosom of my family than in my bed. Besides, I was hungry and I hate eating alone in my rooms. It makes me feel even older than I am." Her brows drew together. "Now, are you going to make me stand here all night or are one of you boys going to come help me to my seat?"
At once the brothers moved toward her, but Simon reached her first and assisted her to a chair even as expertly trained footmen prepared a place for her.
"You needn't grin like that, Simon." Grandmother cast him a chastising look. "You haven't won a prize, you know."
"Oh, but I have, Grandmother." Simon's unrepentant grin widened. "Escorting you to the table or anywhere is both a delight and a privilege."
"Do not waste all that charm on me. It will do you no good as I am immune to it. You are so like your grandfather. He too was a charming rogue." Grandmother settled into her chair. "Beware of that, my boy. It is both a blessing and a curse."
"I shall keep that in mind, Grandmother." Simon chuckled and retook his seat.
"See that you do." Grandmother's gaze wandered around the table and Cam wondered exactly what she saw when she looked at each of them. Or perhaps whom she saw. "I intend to send each of you a long note tomorrow listing the assorted possibilities for suitable matches."
Grace winced. Cam and his brothers traded resigned glances. It would not be the first such note Grandmother had sent them and probably not the last.
"If you continue to make faces like that, Grace, you will be wrinkled before your time." Grandmother signaled for a footman to fill her glass with the sherry she preferred with dinner. A glass that would be kept discreetly filled until she left the table. "Marital relations are also excellent for keeping one's youthful looks and one's mind sharp."
Mother coughed back a laugh.
Father choked. "Mother!"
"Good Lord, Jonathon, when did you get so stuffy? You certainly weren't like this when you were their age." Grandmother huffed. "I have earned the right to say exactly what I want and I don't intend to curb my tongue simply because you have become something of a stick in the mud."
"I am not—"
"Besides ..." Her eyes twinkled behind her spectacles. "One of the few thrills I have left in life is saying something shocking." She picked up her glass. "Lord knows, I can no longer do anything shocking."
"I'm certain you could if you tried," Thad said staunchly.
"What a delightful thing to say to an old woman. You, my dear boy, have become every bit as charming as your brother, although you are far more intelligent."
Simon gasped in indignation. "Not far more."
Grandmother raised a brow.
"I just prefer to keep my intelligence to myself," he added in a lofty manner.
"And you do it so well," Grace said under her breath.
"Intelligence coupled with charm is a potent combination." Grandmother nodded at Thad. "Use it wisely. As for whether I could still do something shocking at my advanced age ..." She took a sip of her wine and thought for a moment. "One can only hope. I am certainly willing to try."
Laughter washed around the table, skipping over Father, who simply rolled his gaze toward the ceiling.
"Unfortunately, those opportunities for shocking behavior grow rarer as one gets older." Grandmother shook her head. "Pity really."
"Thank God," Father muttered.
"Now then." Grandmother beamed at her family. "It's not often that Fiona manages to have all of you here at once. So let us make pleasant conversation about nothing in particular while we indulge in this lovely meal Cook has prepared. Has anyone heard any interesting gossip of late?"
Mother bit back a grin. Grace choked and took a quick sip of wine.
"Mother." Father heaved a resigned sigh. "That's somewhat inappropriate, don't you think?"
"Absolutely, Jonathon." Grandmother's voice was cool but laughter lurked in her eyes. "That's what makes it so much fun." Grandmother turned toward her oldest grandson. "Spencer, I would ask you if you have heard anything of interest but you are entirely too discreet."
Spencer raised his glass and smiled. "Thank you, Grandmother."
"It was not entirely a compliment." She studied him for a moment. "But a good quality in a future duke nonetheless. I fear from Grace we may learn far more than we should. You do seem to hear all sorts of fascinating things, my dear. Things probably best discussed without the presence of gentlemen. We would hate to shock their fragile sensibilities."
She leaned toward her granddaughter. "Perhaps after dinner ..."
"Perhaps." Grace's smile was not as innocent as her tone.
"Simon." Grandmother smiled in a conspiratorial manner. "Surely you've heard something worth sharing?"
"Grandmother!" Simon gasped in feigned indignation, then grinned. "Well, I did pick up something at my club the other night. It seems a viscount, well known for his ..."
Simon launched into a tale of good romantic intentions gone awry that would not have been nearly as entertaining had someone else been telling it. Simon was a natural storyteller, which often came in handy as he was the brother who most needed to be able to twist an incident to show himself in the best light. Although he and Thad were mirror images of each other, with the exception of Thad's need for spectacles, Simon was the more adventurous of the twins and tended to skate on the edge of scandal in direct contrast to his brother. Thad was the intellectual in the family and, if he and Simon had not taken over management of most of the family's business and investment interests, might well have become a scholar. Together, they formed a formidable team and Father was pleased.
Spencer was following in Father's footsteps, as was expected, and had a hand in everything from management of the family's estates to politics. There had never been so much as a breath of scandal about Spencer, but Cam often wondered if, like Thad and Grace, Spencer had secrets no one else knew. But Father was pleased with him as well.
Unfortunately, he was not as happy with his youngest son. Cam had dutifully negotiated the hallowed halls of education, then traveled the continent and wandered through Egypt and India. He had tried his hand at business with his brothers but it was not to his liking. He had toyed with the study of law but thought it rather dull. He had even briefly considered the church but realized almost immediately that his character was not suited for a life of unquestioned upright behavior. Indeed, for several years, he had done little more than enjoy being the youngest son of a duke with no responsibilities, no expectations, and nearly unlimited funds. Still, it wasn't particularly satisfying, which was odd as it was rather fun.
It had grown on him slowly that his greatest joy in life was putting pen to paper. Much to his surprise, he found the writing of stories to be far more enjoyable than the frivolous life he led. For the first time, Cam gave serious consideration to his future and realized if indeed he wanted one day to be as well known as Mr. Dickens or Mr. Trollope, he was going to have to have a serious plan. After all, he knew nothing of real life outside the rarified world of England's upper ten thousand. His first step toward the future was to take a position as a journalist with the Daily Messenger. Even though the editorial direction of the Messenger was still evolving and it was for the most part more inclined toward gossip and lighthearted fare than the more serious causes taken up by newspapers like the Times or the Gazette, Cam found it suited him. Not that he hadn't reported his share of murder, mayhem, and corruption. In the year since he'd begun, he been shocked and appalled, amused and amazed by the follies and foibles of man, and every story he wrote became fodder for his fiction. For the works he would one day write.
Cam still didn't understand why his father was so adamantly opposed to his choice of profession. After all, Grandmother had written a series of stories for Cadwallender's Weekly World Messenger and went on to write nearly a dozen novels of romance and adventure. Indeed, the Cadwallender and Effington families had had a close relationship since then. A few years ago, two of the Cadwallender brothers had formed their own book publishing enterprise, the Weekly World Messenger had become Cadwallender's Weekly Ladies World, and Cadwallender's Daily Messenger had been launched. Still, in an effort to placate his father, and avoid undue prominence and any suggestion of favoritism, Cam used his mother's maiden name, Fairchild, instead of Effington. Even James Cadwallender, publisher of the Messenger, called him Fairchild. For the most part, father and son now had a sort of unacknowledged truce and simply avoided any discussion of Cam's employment.
Until tonight when Father had asked about his work. Something had obviously triggered his father's wrath and Cam suspected they were headed toward a long postponed confrontation.
When the family had finished dinner, his mother drew a deep breath. "Cameron, your father has something he wishes to discuss with you."
Father's brow furrowed. "I had planned to have that discussion privately."
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This book was so good I laughed so hard I cried did not want it to end
You knew exasperated what would happen from the first chapter. There were no surprises and even the bigger moments weren't that exciting. Some decent character development but then the characters disappeared from the story or were rarely heard from.
Fun read. DONT READ REVIEWS THAT GIVE TMI ! Good book, but prior info cold be a spoiler!
Ms. Alexander continues to create funny, charming characters. And this book doesn't let you down. While we may know the outcome, the journey getting there was entertaining.
A roller-coaster ride with a feel good edge
Lucy Merryweather is set on an adventure, something she found after inheriting a whole lot of fortune from a great-aunt and a list of unfulfilled wishes and regrets. She decided that one way to honor her memory to accomplish as many of them as possible. Since she was living with a guardian in London with her family an ocean away, her dear friend and supposedly-fiance Jackson had let her go to set off to an adventure with his family, it was the perfect time to start her adventure. She just have to ignore the private investigator that was lurking around. Cameron Effington wanted to be a writer – but first, he had to prove to his father that his work was his passion and not just some passing fancy. All he need was to find an inspiration, and then there was Lucy Merryweather and her list. Problem is, she thought he was a detective and he didn’t have the heart to correct her. One adventure after the other, Cam was getting closer to Lucy. But what if Lucy finds out about his deception? Ah indeed, it would have be a great problem once Lucy will discover his deceit. He didn’t mean to, but there were a lot of times he could have just told her the truth. It would save him a lot of trouble. Trust is always important in a relationship, and honesty is one of the foundations of trust. Well, he needed to grovel, and not to mention he needed to have that grand gesture for her to forgive him for everything. And grand gesture he did, it was entertaining, and unexpected and a great surprise, not just for Lucy, but I bet for the rest of the readers as well. I was thoroughly entertained, and thrilled with The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress. Indeed, her exploits were quite daring and exciting set in those times. We can see that Lucy had finally got out of her shell, and proved that she can do just about anything when she puts her mind into it. This book is filled with so much adventure, fun and romance.
What I liked: I adore Lucy! She’s so much fun. Her personality is light and she’s not an idiot. Lucy’s desire to fulfill her great aunt’s regrets until she figures out what she wants is admirable and heartbreaking. It really is sad that she’s spent so much time doing what is expected that she forgot how to have her own desires. Cameron is perfect for her. It’s so much fun to watch him sputter and choke at Lucy’s antics as she makes her way through the list. I love to watch people become their parents when they least expect it. I think one of my favorite things in this book is that many of the periphery characters are ones we’ve met in previous books. If you don’t remember them or haven’t met them it doesn’t impact the story but, if you have, it’s an added delight. What I didn’t like: There is a part of Cameron’s relationship with his father that seems to have been left untied. It’s mentioned but, getting some finality to their relationship is missing. I’m definitely going to miss Lucy!
This book just kept getting better & better. I love Victoria's books & this one did not disapoint. It is the best feeling to get to the end of a story to have a smile on your face & a light hearted feeling.
After receiving an inheritance for the Aunt she was named for and discovering her book of regrets, Lucy Merryweather decides that the same will not befall her and begins by completing her Aunt’s list. This is the 5th book in the Millworth Manor series and can very easily be read as a stand-alone. This is a sweet and entertaining historical romance. The story held my interest throughout and I enjoyed the interaction between Cameron and Lily. Enjoy.
The fifth in the Millworth Manor series, The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress focuses on Lucy and Cameron. You aren’t missing great swathes of information that help in understanding this story if you haven’t read earlier titles in the series: I’ve read only book 3 in the series, and didn’t find questions. Lucy is an adventuress – addicted to the ‘rush’ of the adventure and the potential for consequences. Unfortunately, consequences rarely appear, and she is dashing from one adventure to another without any real reason, enjoyment or, as the antics progress, believability. Armed with a recently deceased great aunt’s ‘bucket list’, Lucy’s decision is to follow through and do everything. I wanted to like Lucy, I hoped for her to grow and show some real promise, but she remained rather flat and uninspired for me. Sadly, the repeated inclusions telling me how wonderful, smart, daring and intelligent Lucy was were the most memorable parts of her development. She just didn’t click at all with me, and while she never hit that great wall of annoyance, I had lost hope for change from her before the halfway mark of the book. On the other hand, Cameron was so completely wrong in every aspect: deceptive, unable to communicate, self-serving and well, he just doesn’t seem to have a solid moral bone in his body. There aren’t many positive aspects to him, but he was SO wrong in just about every area that it was almost laughable. He was simply, for me, a plotting device to contrast with Lucy and give her someone else to play with besides Clara. It wasn’t a horrible book, it could have been shortened by removing some of the adventures and the story may have benefitted from it. But, it is a telenovela style romance: dramatic, with overacting in parts and obvious villains before the expected romance comes to light for the hero and heroine. A perfect passive escape read that will not overwhelm when you need something to relax with, Alexander has the ability to craft dialogue that is clever and well-paced in a lighter romance. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
This is book 5 in the Millworth Manor series. For years it was thought that Lucy Merryweather would marry, Jackson Channing. But that all changes when he goes to England. Making her own way to England, she decides to fulfill her great aunt's list of unfulfilled wishes. With the help of her non-traditional companion, she embarks on her own adventure. Her adventures are almost cut short when she spies the private investigator hired by Jackson to keep an eye on her. Cameron Effington, a newspaper reporter, has made a deal with his father. If he can produce something worth reading (a novel), then his father will take his career seriously. When he hears about an American Heiress running around London, he decides to make her the subject of his book. He didn't count on her finding him spying on her and thinking he was a private investigator. When she invites him on her adventures, he gets first hand accounts of her exploits. What happens when Lucy found out that Cameron is not who she thinks he is? I fell in love with Lucy when I read The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding and eagerly awaited her story. Alexander did not disappoint! I was also happy to see the Effington family again. I loved reading about Lucy's adventures. She tried to do everything that her great-aunt had regretted not doing. She completely changed her life. Having grown-up in a respectable upper class family in America, she never would have had the opportunity to any of the things that she did. Which her family half way around the world, she was able to become the woman she was meant to be. I loved Cameron! He wanted his father to see that what he did was meaningful. He found the perfect topic and went after it. He didn't count on falling for the girl he thought would be a spoiled, rich girl. We see his turmoil as the story progresses. He needs to write this book to prove something to his father, but he knows that when Lucy finds out about it, she will be furious. I hope that this story is the jumping point to Alexander writing about the next generation of Effingtons! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! Thanks go out to Zebra Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
January 1888 - Millworth Manor Lucinda (Lucy) Merryweather is an American young woman who was named for her great aunt and who received a fortune from her aunt left to her on her 21st birthday. She is the daughter of a director of Graham, Merryweather, and Lockwood Banking and Trust of New York. An intelligent and outgoing person, Lucy found a list of things that her great aunt wish to do but never got to so Lucy has decided that she will do those things for her aunt. To be able to spend time in London without her parents, she has hired a companion, Miss Clara West. Cameron (Cam) Effington is the youngest son of Jonathan and Fiona, the Duke and Duchess of Roxborough. Cameron has always wanted to write fiction but is not yet ready to write a book. In the meantime, he has been working for Cadwallender’s Daily Messenger to gain experience with writing stories for the newspaper. Cam’s father wants him to resign his job as he feels it is beneath him, but Cam refuses. Cam’s father tells him that if can write a book, he can keep his job. Now, Cam needs something to write about. Cam knows Clara and when he meets Lucy and discovers her goal of experiencing many of her aunt’s dreams, he decides to become their friend and accompanies them on these adventures. His idea is to write about these experiences that will provide fodder for the novel he wants to write. Thus, the adventures begin. That is where I honestly began to get bored with this novel. Indeed, Lucy participates in her adventures where some are rather tame and others not quite believable. However, I am sure there are readers who will enjoy the adventures of Lucy.
This author, Victoria Alexander, has written another awesome story. She has conceived a brilliant story line. Only Lucy would want to follow up and finish her ancestor's Bucket List. Lucy has travelled from America. Her best friend in America has found he is a lost heir in England. He goes travelling in Europe with his new family. This means Lucy will be staying with an older cousin while accomplishing finishing the Regrets. Here she meets Cam, or Lord Effington. He is a writer and she thinks he is a private investigator. He doesn't say no and so it goes. Spoilers. It's sort of silly that what is a usual day for us, was a scandal back then. She knows he isn't telling the truth and he is terrified if he tells her she is his Muse she will dismiss him. They love each other but always get to arguing. Wait until you see the spoilers at the end. You really need to read this story. Once you start you are drawn straight into the story. I hope you choose to read it. Enjoy! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
Two individuals branching out on their own. I received an ARC of The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress by Victoria Alexander for an honest review. American Lucy's wealthy great-aunt has endowed her remaining wealth to Lucy. Lucy sees this as a way to break free and strike out on her own. She does this by trying to fulfill her great-aunt's "bucket list". Cameron Effington is seeking to make a name for himself as a reporter. Being the youngest son of a Lord is not enough, he wants to prove himself. In order to do so, Cameron passes himself off as a detective in order to keep an eye on Lucy. Along the way, an attraction blooms. What happens when all is revealed? Will Cameron and Lucy be able to make a relationship work? Victoria Alexander writes endearing characters that draw you in and manages to teach lessons along the way. I love her and would recommend this story.
dazzling and Delightful Victoria Alexander's writing is dazzling , fabulous and delightful. I really enjoyed reading this book. Lucy Merryweather is an heiress who inherited a fortune and a list of unfulfilled wishes from her great aunt, when fate handed Lucy the chance she had assumed lost forever( her long-time fiance fell in love with another woman)Lucy decides to accomplish as many as those wishes possible. Her family an ocean away in America , she is free and independent with a companion a few years older than her. Cameron Effington, the young son of the Duke and Duchess of Roxborough is a reporter who is looking for a good story, when by chance he learns about the American heiress on her own in London, he finds his muse and the perfect story to write. I loved Lucy from the previous book " The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding" she is beautiful, intelligent, sweet and witty. I love how she fulfills her great aunt's wishes and enjoys her little adventure. She is an adorable and fun heroine. Cameron is a charming and protective hero, although he hides the truth from Lucy and keeps failing to admit his ruse, still he is a great hero. I love the ending, it is a wonderful, fun and romantic ending. Thank you Victoria Alexander for writing fantastic books.