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Oh, Gentle Readers, I can hear you wondering to yourselves, How bad can it be? It's bad, Folks, with a convoluted, illogical storyline peopled with unbelievable characters engaged in senseless behavior. It's silly.
Our heroine is a well-known housekeeper, famed throughout London for her eagle-eyed attention to detail. Nothing escapes her notice. She's so sharp, it takes three special agents to keep her from interfering with their assassination plot. They even send a duchess undercover to investigate and befriend our housekeeping heroine. It works! They become friends! Her employer does not find this odd. I do.
What of our hero? A bastard by birth, a special agent by trade, our hero has been sent to dispatch a traitor during a ball held in the residence where our heroine toils. Unfortunately, our hapless hero shoots the wrong man, and unfortunately, he does not seem to know this, but our ever vigilant heroine notices his mistake and calls him on it. She not only knows the victim's identity, she knows where the real traitor is spending the weekend! And with whom! Fortunately for all concerned, our hero finds the smell of soap and lemon oil intoxicating, loves children, and falls for our lemony heroine.
The plot is preposterous. Why shoot a man during a ball? Why not at Vauxhall or Covent Garden or on the street? Why not use a silent but lethal method like poison or daggers? Why right under the nose of London's most feared housekeeper? Why kidnap her son? How does he know where the kidnappers are taking him? Why does the duchess send the young boy into the kitchen of a country estate to gather intel? How does the child ferret out the existence of a Jacobite sympathizer? How does he even know what that is? Why, oh why, when her son is kidnapped does our intrepid heroine climb into a bathtub and fall asleep?
Gentle Readers, give this one a pass. The writing is weak. "And then she did freeze. And then she realized she froze. And then it was too late to unfreeze without Nathan noticing." Wow! The editing is lacking. "Thank you for your corporation." (I kid you not!) If you insist on reading the book, keep a notepad handy so you can list all the booboos. And consider yourselves warned.
Hey, Amazon. How about an annual contest where verified buyers vote on books? The best book could be sold for 99 cents for a month or so, and the cost of the worst book would be refunded to all those verified buyers.
This book needed an editor. The author wrote the same thing over and over. The language and the customs of this historical period were ignored. I only paid .99¢ for this book and I am thinking of getting that refunded. Really awful book. Won't be reading more from this author.