About the Book
Title: Miss Tavistock’s Mistake
Series: #1 The Brides of Mayfair
Author: Linore Rose Burkhard
Publisher: Lilliput Press
Releases: June, 2020
Genre: Clean Regency Romance
Regency Romance in the vein of Georgette Heyer will delight the romance fan!
“Rarely does a book make me laugh so hard! I couldn’t put it down.”
MaryLu Tyndall, Award-winning Author
Young Miss Tavistock is promised in marriage to Captain Rempeare by the wish of her dearly departed papa. But the captain’s been at sea for a decade. When she finally meets him, tempestuous sparks fly, and she impulsively adopts a daring false identity. Going by “Lady X,” she vows never to marry such an infuriating man.
Captain Gabriel Rempeare is prepared to fulfill his duty and marry Miss Tavistock—if only he can clap eyes on her. One circumstance or another keeps them apart, though he cannot seem to avoid the beautiful, maddening, Lady X. When fate throws them together in London, Miss Tavistock discovers the real nature of the captain, and regrets her subterfuge. But can such a noble man forgive deceit? Or has her mistake already cost her everything?
Linore Burkhard has produced an unusual gem in Miss Tavistock’s Mistake. When the wording resembled older English, I was afraid the story would be hard to understand. Fortunately, a few of the characters were hard to fathom, but the story was a pure delight. With deception on every hand, if the book were contemporary, it would probably be titled, “Truth or Lies?”
It is 1811, and Captain Gabriel Rempeare returns to England after ten years in Her Majesty’s Navy. He seeks out the young cousin he was betrothed to years ago, but misunderstandings abound.
First, who wouldn’t love the dashing captain? Truth be told, the man is not only strikingly handsome, but tender, loyal, committed, and determined to save those around him, no matter the cost to himself.
What to think of Miss Tavistock? First, I am glad to remember she is nineteen. She has been socially deprived and wants very much to have a London season. The arrival of the captain nor lack of funds will get in her way. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. The will is ever so strong, and the way is hilariously convoluted.
What a regency folly ensues. I kept hoping for something Miss Tavistock wasn’t willing to give, but she delivers plenty of laughs. She reminds me of Anne Shirley in her dramatics. Just one example. “‘…dare say I shall be laid up the rest of my days. I will live in the ‘Slough of Despond’ forever!’ she added tragically.”
Several other characters add to the deception schemes. Roderick, with his lies, was my least favorite. But points to Burkhard for describing the Resurrectionists. Daring blokes!
I must add a word of the castle scene. It is well-researched and Burkhard describes the scene so vividly, I felt as if I were there. Whew! But I am off to check out Burkhard’s Regency Trilogy books, Before the Season Ends, Book One; The House in Grosvenor Square, Book Two; and The Country House Courtship, Book Three.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher. This in no way affects my opinions, which are solely my own.
5 Stars – Superior – Hits My Reading Sweet Spot
About the Author
Linore Rose Burkard ( L.R.Burkard) is a serious watcher of period films, a Janeite, and hopeless romantic. An award winning author best known for Inspirational Regency Romance, her first novel (Before the Season Ends) opened the genre for the CBA. Besides historical romance, Linore writes contemporary suspense (The Pulse Effex Series, as L.R. Burkard), contemporary romance (Falling In), and romantic short stories (ie., “Three French Hens”). Linore has a magna cum laude English Lit. degree from CUNY which she earned while taking herself far too seriously. She now resides in Ohio with her husband and family, where she turns her youthful angst into character or humor-driven plots.
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