Althea Ingram might have a good dowry and a pretty enough face, but her
height—5’10"—puts men off. She hopes one day to find a man taller than she, but
to date the only eligible one has been John Maitland, the Earl of Montmorcy, and he called
her an Amazon! Fed up with her life and craving an escape, she remembers how her father
enjoyed his Grand Tour...might she not have one too? So, accompanied by pretty, petite widow
Cecily de Lisle, and grumbling relation Jemima Greenwood, she sets out for Switzerland.
Trouble is, it is not long before her path crosses that of another seasoned continental
traveler—the Earl of Montmorcy.
What a pleasant and stimulating change to at last read about the trials and joys of
continental travel in a Regency novel! Frequent visitors to this site will know how highly
I rate Ms Hendrickson’s well-researched novels, and this one lives up to expectations.
Granted, I have not visited the places described, and even if I had they would not have
been the same as in 1816, but it all has the ring of authenticity about it and this, plus
a good story, is enough for me. There is even the added frisson of trying to guess who is
making attempts on Althea’s life, as well as excellent descriptions of Alpine excursions
and other adventures. The protagonists are engaging, the mood mainly sunny...short of
going forth on a pleasant excursion in person, this is surely the next best thing.