When a high-born young woman meets a rough country rake, she knows they are from two different worlds. But then he wakes her as a woman--and makes her forget she is a lady.
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The Lady's Companion based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The problem at the heart of this novel is more than usually interesting. Class differences versus character. Miss Susan Hampton is the only child of a profligate gamester, Sir Rodney Hampton. During her 22 years she has lost her home, she has been subjected to countless lies and broken promises, and has had the humiliation of knowing the surname Hampton is a shameful one. As the story opens she and her father have been forced to move in with his sister, where she will quickly become an unpaid drab. Except...Susan has just enough courage and hope to put her foot out of the door to find employment.David was a foundling brought up in a workhouse. In his youth he had lied, thieved, poached, and made his way as best he could. To escape justice he fled over the border from Wales to England and took the name of a small town, Wiggins, for his surname. David Wiggins continued his unsavory way after he took the king's shilling, until the day he was being flogged 300 lashes for stealing. His epiphany was created by the intervention of Lady Bushnell, wife of his colonel, who halted the flogging and saved his life. From that day he has been a completely changed character. His devotion to the interests of the gallant Lady Bushnell and her late family are boundless. He is a constant, dependable man with drive and ambition¿he is striving to engineer a new strain of wheat that will be the beginnings of a seed business.The compatibility of Susan and David is obvious in the way that is almost a Carla Kelly trademark. How Susan comes to grips with the problem of class as her relationship with David and Lady Bushnell unfolds is beautifully told.
This is a story of a woman who learns to look past the class and rough background of a man to his very loving heart. He supports her efforts to become more independent and treats her with kindness and humor. Together they both become more than they would have been. I have read this book many times and still enjoy it.