Sunday, September 21, 2008
A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock
Liberty Lane was convinced that her father did not die by duel. He had always adamantly maintained that the practice of dueling was barbaric and not something that he would ever have participated in. Unable to learn the truth by open means, Liberty is forced to take an undercover role as a governess to a very prestigious family of the ton and try to pierce the curtain of secrecy around her father's death.
Liberty Lane is a delightful heroine with brains and courage. She embodies all the attributes of the modern sleuth: daring, brave, intelligent, resourceful and connected. Liberty's friends assist her and help to save her when her actions embroil her in an attempt to replace the young Victoria with an usurper.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found the characters delightful and the descriptions of the background settings and the political climate, that existed in Victorian England, to be true to the time period and quite interesting.
I did find that Liberty, the character, seemed to be too modern in thinking and actions. A young woman of the period would have seemed more compliant to the wishes of her elders but she made for an intriguing read.