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HIS DARK AND DANGEROUS WAYS
EDITH LAYTON
ISBN#: 978-06-126363-8
May 2008
Avon
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022
Mass Market Paperback
$5.99
384 pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Jane Chatham is well born but penniless since the death of her parents. She has found a respectable living as a dance teacher to children and her class at Lady Harwood’s home has become quite popular with parents and the members of the Ton.

Simon, Lord Granger was once a spy for England. He was betrayed and spent endless months in prison. He returned home a different person, living a much quieter life than in the past. An old friend asks him to use his skills to protect a relative and he agrees.

Lady Harwood’s home has become the popular gathering place of the Ton. The attraction is her new dancing mistress and her occasional lapses into clumsiness. There is intrigue to be found in her parlor as well and Lord Granger is determined to find out what is going on.

I really enjoyed this fine historical romance. The characters are strong and attractive. Jane Chatham is particularly well drawn. She is forced by circumstance to earn a living and is attracted to Simon, but does not give into impulses that will do her no good in the future. Her mishaps at Lady Harwood’s home are funny at times, I also felt sorry for her lack of control over her life due to circumstances. Everyone seemed able to threaten her reputation and ability to earn her living without penalty, but she was firm in her resolve to carry on regardless. Simon is a very hard man to resist in all of his guises. Lady Harwood improved as the story went on, as did Richard. Viscount Delancy is a bit of an enigma. The plot is very well done and the story flows smoothly. The dialogue between the characters is snappy, in period and never preachy, making it a pleasure to read.

Maura
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