Once Upon a Maiden Lane
Maiden Lane - A Maiden Lane Novella
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A stand-alone novella from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt!
Miss Mary Whitsun is far too intelligent to fall for the rakish charms of a handsome aristocrat. But when the gentleman in question approaches her in a bookshop, mistaking her for his fiancée, Lady Johanna Albright, the flirtatious encounter only raises more questions. Could Mary, a servant raised in a St Giles orphanage, actually be Lady Joanna's long-lost twin sister? If so, Mary has been betrothed since birth---to the rakishly handsome artistocrat himself . . .
Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He's drawn to her sharp mind, indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him---ladies simply don't dismiss Lord Blackwell. But as Mary makes her first hesitant steps into society, she can't help but wonder if she truly has a place in Henry's world---or in his heart.
Mary Whitsun grew up in the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children in St. Giles and is nursemaid to the Caire’s two children. She is browsing in her favorite bookshop and confronted by Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, who mistakes her for his betrothed, Lady Joanna. When he realizes his mistake, he is convinced that she must be Lady Joanna’s long lost twin sister, Cecelia. As such she, Lady Cecelia would be his intended instead of her sister. Mary is overwhelmed. Is she really the lost twin? Can she fit into her new world? Can she possibly learn to be the kind of wife Henry needs?
The plot to this one is a little complicated; it is a Cinderella story with a few twists and surprises. The characters fit their roles well. Henry and Mary were good together. The Caire’s were understanding and protective of Mary. We even get to see Val and Bridget with their daughter. I like the interaction between Mary and Lady Joanna. The villain is a nasty piece of work, and weird, who gets his comeuppance. I thought this story was a bit different from the others in the series, but interesting and engaging. A lovely story and a good read.
The book was a gift from the author. My review is voluntary.