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REVIEW: The Cockermouth Mail by Dinah Dean

Dear Readers,

For those interested in trying Dinah Dean who don’t want to pay a fortune for her Russian set Regency books, this is one that was reissued in the US and which is easier (and cheaper) to find. It’s a sweet, more old fashioned type of book (it was written in 1982) and is set entirely outside of London with no Season what so ever in it.

Miss Dorcas Minster is traveling to her new position at a remote household in the English Lake District. Her father, a baronet, fell into drink and gambling and ended his life when his debts grew too large, leaving her to make her way in the world as a governess. There are several other interesting people with her on the Mail Coach to Cockermouth and they all get a chance to know each other better when the coach is waylaid by a snowy accident, leaving them all stranded at a small inn.

By far the most interesting traveler is Sir Richard Severall, a Colonel in the Dragoons who has been invalided out of the Peninsular Army. He’s immediately attracted to Dorcas but feels that he can’t approach her due to the fact that she has no male family member with her and the belief that she wouldn’t be interested in a man with a game leg.

Their slow, quiet courtship occurs over a period of days until the snow melts and they can travel on to their destinations. There is a subplot with a highwayman they all help to catch and take to justice but the main part of the story is two lonely people learning that there just might be someone interested in them and then having the courage to try for love.

The description of the country inn, the early 19th C English celebration of Christmas and finely detailed secondary characters make this a soothing, excellent read. B


ISBN: 0373311079

Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. jaq
    Oct 28, 2006 @ 12:57:57

    I’ll admit, after all the erotic e-book reivews, the ‘cokermouth’ in the title sort of threw me. heh.

    But this book sounds really interesting (who’s the publisher?). I make a point of checking out the UBS around here for the old Signet/Zebra Trads. No offense to Harl Historical, but they just don’t quite hit the mark for me (yet).

  2. Jayne
    Oct 29, 2006 @ 05:47:18

    LOL, Jaq. It does sound risque doesn’t it? This is an older book that was orginally published as a Mills and Boon Masquerade Historical in 1982 (and this is how non-US readers should probably look for it). It was republished in the US in 1989 by Harlequin Historicals (which is why it’s easier to find this book in the US).

    I just checked at Addall UBS and there are lots of copies for under $3.00.

    If your local UBS files trad regencies by themselves, I’d look for it there.

  3. jaq
    Oct 29, 2006 @ 18:53:59

    And this is where I eat my hat after making that ‘one-size-fits-all’ comment about Harlequin Historicals…. lol.

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    Dec 11, 2012 @ 04:02:40

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