REVIEW: Baroness in Buckskin by Sheri Cobb South
Richard, Lord Ramsay, has been brought up from the cradle with a consciousness of his duty to his family and his name. His sense of responsibility has led him to install two elderly aunts in the Dower House; educate his cousin Peter Ramsay and employ him as a steward; and provide a home for poor relation Jane Hawthorne, who once served as his mother’s companion.
When a letter arrives from America informing him that the death of a relative has left eighteen-year-old Susannah Ramsay not only an orphan, but heiress to a Kentucky plantation as well, Lord Ramsay considers making an offer of marriage to his American cousin to be a practical solution: besides providing for the young woman, such a match would give the Ramsays extensive holdings on two continents.
Then Susannah arrives from America, and Richard suddenly finds his well-ordered life set end over end. With her wild red hair, unfashionable clothes, and frontier ways, Susannah appears to be an unlikely Lady Ramsay. Appalled at the prospect of marriage to the girl, yet determined to fulfill his obligation, Richard turns her over to Jane and Peter for instruction in the ways of British society. But her transformation into a lady is the least of the surprises Susannah has in store for her strait-laced British relations . . .
Dear Ms. Cobb South,
While I’ve enjoyed your ‘Weaver”trilogy and John Pickett series, I was excited when you announced you were releasing a new, standalone Regency story. You have a knack for charming, mainly villain free stories which hit the spot when I’m not in the mood for angst.
Everyone here is nice – only neighbor Sir Matthew Pitney is a bore but even he is basically harmless. There are obviously to be two romances and I soon cottoned on to how things would shake out bit it’s fun to watch the similarities and compatibilities of the two couples be highlighted over the course of the story.
I loved that aside from Lord Richard’s one initial faux pas, all the English try to be polite, mannered and willing to help Susannah learn her way amidst her new surroundings. No one is snooty or condescending in the family or even outside of it. Susannah’s outlandishness is played a little extremely but if not, there wouldn’t have been enough book length conflict. And even her wildest actions make sense given her upbringing and sentimental attachment to her father’s buckskin jacket.
Susannah and Peter haven’t known each other long but they’re simpatico from the start as evidenced by how much they share and exchange about themselves including Peter’s hopes which he’d never even told Richard. Of course Richard and Jane – who is a marvel in the HR department – are like an old married couple albeit ones who need to be shaken in order to see the truth in front of them.
The only question was how will both couples finally be brought to acknowledge their true feelings and act on them. All’s well that ends well with everyone matched with their beloved and headed in the right direction. While perhaps not as in depth as the Weaver books, this is a satisfying little sweet treat. B