REVIEW: Lost in Almack’s by Lesley-Anne McLeod
Dear Ms. McLeod,
You’ve never let me down with any of the past novellas of yours I’ve read and you don’t do it this time either. I confess that I was slightly dismayed at the length of the story which formatted to 20 pages on my reader. She’s going to get two people together that quickly? Why, yes, you do.
Lady Genevra Haven is all set to make her debut at Almacks, that place where the cream of the ton dances, consumes mediocre refreshments and matches off. If only her not-to-be-disobeyed mother would let Genevra wear her spectacles. But to have her daughter be seen as a bluestocking sends shudders through the Countess of Raynham. So off go the spectacles into her mother’s reticule.
Things seem to be going well until Genevra is separated from her friends and finds herself, well, lost at Almacks. A series of missteps and false starts lead her through a maze of rooms and corridors, and through encounters with various “types” of London society until she finally meets a man who just might be perfect for her.
This is a delight of a short story. Tasty, easy to read and short enough to consume very quickly. It’s a nice way for readers to try your writing style though I hope it will be selling for less than the $2.99 price tag of your other novellas. One does wonder, however, what type of vision Peregrine and Genevra’s children might inherit. ;) B
This book can be purchased at Uncial Press.
What sort of a coincidence is this? I just read “A Lady’s Point of View”, by Jacqueline Diamond: http://hibiscus-sinensis.com/regency/retroread03.htm#114
… based on this review, I bought it 2nd hand since it’s long OOP. The heroine is at ALMACK’s, and [copying from the back cover] … “Meg Linley had been cursed. Though her beauty could not be denied, she could barely see and was forbidden to wear spectacles. When she inadvertently cuts Beau Brummel at a ball, the scandal sends her packing to the country” … and so on and so forth. Very fun book. Now I know I’ll think of be-spectacled heroines all day :)
With my eyesight, that would have been me. Giving The Beau the cut direct! Oh, the scandal. ;)