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An Unsuitable Heiress
By Jane Dunn
Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & eBook, 350 Pages
May 22, 2023 by Boldwood Books


Following the death of her mother, Corinna Ormesby has lived a quiet life in the countryside with her cantankerous Cousin Agnes. Her father's identity has been a tantalizing mystery, but now at nineteen Corinna knows that finding him may be her only way to avoid marriage to the odious Mr. Beech.

Deciding to head to London, Corinna dons a male disguise. Travelling alone as a young woman risks scandal and danger, but when, masquerading as a youth, she is befriended by three dashing blades, handsome and capable Alick Wolfe, dandy Ferdinand Shilton and the incorrigible Lord Purfoy, Corinna now has access to the male-only world of Regency England. And when she meets Alick's turbulent brother Darius, a betrayal of trust leads to deadly combat which only one of the brothers may survive.

From gambling in gentleman’s clubs to meeting the courtesans of Covent Garden, Corinna’s country naivety soon falls away. But when she finds her father at last, learns the truth about her parentage and discovers her fortunes transformed, she must quickly decide how to reveal her true identity, while hoping that one young man in particular can see her for the beauty and Lady she really is.

❤ A must read for Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, and historical romance fans.
❤ A spunky, adventurous heroine on a quest in London to find her estranged father.
❤ An adorable dog and an endearing horse!
❤ Three dashing blades who will make you laugh, and swoon.
❤ A bestselling & highly rated new release.

Praise for the Book

5 STARS “…a compelling and enthralling story of a determined young woman’s journey to find her father and her own place in the world.”— Jo Shaw, BookMadJo.com

5 STARS “…you should allow yourself to be carried away by it as if by a tall dark stranger in a carriage and four. I enjoyed it even more than The Marriage Season, and that's quite a lot.”— Paul Feldwick, Goodreads

5 STARS “…a fun-filled romp through Regency England, with a smattering of romance, a sense of adventure and a wonderful heroine at its core. What's not to like?!”— Jo, Jaffa Reads Too

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My Review

AN UNSUITABLE HEIRESS starts off with a damsel in distress who goes under disguise as a boy to find her father and future. It's full of slang and references interred from the three young bucks who join the story. The characters are very flawed but generally likable. The story itself is a fun romp of misconceptions, frivolity, friendship, a bit of danger, fortune and romance. An overall fun read!

The characters were a very fun mix of personalities in this story. You have the heroine who is bold but also a bit brash and naïve. You have the three young bucks who are very worldly and wasteful in their time being spent on gaming, girls and laziness, but who are all proper gentlemen and have good hearts. Then there is the rascal and light villain of the story who is brooding and not overall moral or gentlemanly, and his mistress who is sweet but also clearly has no issues doing what she's doing. Then there is the flamboyant French miss, as well as a long lost father who is steady, stoic, honorable and kind. There's the gentleman farm boy and childhood friend of the heroine. Finally you have the dogs, particularly a little poodle who was an absolute joy. All these characters together made for a story full of humorous contradictions and adventure.

The story moves at a good clip. There are places where the characters are passing their days, but usually there was some sort of excitement in the comings and goings or in who was doing what. There were excursions, adventure and mishaps that provided plenty of entertainment, with a touch of suspense and danger towards the end that brought a needed climax. The romance is very slow build and kind of surprises the characters. I enjoyed that it grew throughout the story to a very sweet ending.

This  isn't one of those sweet Regency romances that you want to read if you prefer your books clean and wholesome. Although, the story and characters are generally clean, there are just enough references, suggestions and innuendo to push it over the line. There were things that I didn't find necessary and images I didn't need in my head that could have been more veiled and still carried the message the author intended. Some of those references kind of shocked me because I wasn't expecting them. I didn't enjoy this aspect of the story.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was an overall fun romantic romp set in Regency England. There is a lot of potential here for further stories full of adventure and romance and I'm curious what this author will write next.

Content: Some nondetailed sexual references, references to nudity, innuendo and light swearing.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Austenprose PR, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Jane Dunn is an historian and biographer and the author of seven acclaimed biographies, including Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters, and the Sunday Times and NYT bestseller, Elizabeth & Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens. She comes to Boldwood with her first fiction outing – a trilogy of novels set in the Regency period, the first of which, The Marriage Season, is to be published in January 2023. She lives in Berkshire with her husband, the linguist Nicholas Ostler.

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