I've actually been reading this book for over a week, but I've had so many blog hops and giveaways going on, that I haven't had time to post about it. In reviewing my reading list so far for this year, I discovered that I've only re-read one "old favorite" so far in 2011. So I decided it was time to add another to the list. The "old favorite" I have chosen for my current read is The Reluctant Widow, a Regency romance by Georgette Heyer.
Here's the back cover blurb for The Reluctant Widow:
In The Reluctant Widow, Elinor Rochdale, a young woman of good birth but straitened circumstances, sets out to accept a position as a governess and ends up plunged into a tangle of foreign intrigue instead.
Elinor's adventure begins when she inadvertently mistakes the carriage waiting at the coach stop for one sent by her prospective employer, Mrs. Macclesfield. She finds herself carried to the estate of one Ned Carlyon, who Elinor mistakes for Mr. Macclesfield. Carlyon, meanwhile, believes Elinor to be the young woman he hired to marry his dying cousin, Eustace Cheviot, in order to avoid inheriting Cheviot's estate himself. Somehow, Elinor is talked into marrying Eustace on his deathbed and thus becomes a widow almost as soon as the ring is on her finger. What starts out as a simple business arrangement soon becomes much more complicated as housebreakers, uninvited guests, a shocking murder, missing government papers, and a dog named Bouncer all contribute to this lively, frequently hilarious tale of mistaken identities, foreign espionage, and unexpected love set during the Napoleonic Wars.
Stop by on Tuesday to read a Tuesday Teaser from The Reluctant Widow.