Elyza Author:Clare Darcy Elyza Leigh--young, impulsive, and pretty-borrows boy's clothes and runs away from her chaperone in London, an unsuccessful Season, and an offer of a dreary marriage. At a country inn she fortunately encounters Cleve Redmayne--her purse has been stolen. He pays her bill and gives her a seat in his traveling coach. Handsome and rich, he has just ... more »returned from India and is determined to marry the beautiful Corinna Mayfield, though he only saw her once two years ago. Cleve learns of Elyza's problems and that she knows Corinna, so he arranges her return to London and from there to Brighton, where he plans to establish himself.
At Brighton, he acquires a mansion and is taken up by the Prince Regent. Elyza joins the glittering social world of Brighton, which is dominated by the fantastic Royal Pavilion parties, and introduces Cleve to Corinna. Elyza blossoms and acquires a circle of admirers. Cleve gives a magnificent ball, but a wicked Marquis, also pursuing Corinna plots his downfall. There is Great Curricle Race, at which Elyza commits an indiscretion. Blackmail follows. After a duel, kidnapping, and a hectic road chase, people and proposals are happily disentangled. Particularly fascinating characters, especially charming Elyza and the unusual Cleve, all go to make regency romance of the true distinction.« less
This is a fun little book where everything works out in the end. I have a relish for all things Georgette Heyer (except Venetia--didn't like that), but everything else she touched was delightful. This is along those same lines, though no one writes quite like she does. The characters are solid--not great, but likeable.
If you want a fun, light read with no sex (even hinted at) but a couple of zesty kisses, this is a good book to check out.