This regency romance is a comedy and the delightful beginning is superb. At twenty-five and a self-proclaimed spinster, Lady Daisy Morrison, staying overnight at an inn, sees a gentleman being attacked by hooligans. She charges to his rescue, wielding her father's large black umbrella, and rescues Viscount Giles Kincade from his assailants. To further his shame -- after the viscount's hurried departure -- Lady Morrison pays his inn bill, his gambling debts, and his "lady" of the evening.
Lord Kincade is an eligible bachelor who is good-looking, wealthy, and not pleased with the public humiliation Daisy has brandished his way. Now Mary Balogh frolics with her reader, emphasizing glorious humor. She allows Daisy to mistake the viscount's mortification for undying gratitude; therefore, allowing Daisy to request a favor. Daisy Morrison needs an introduction, to gain entry, into London's aristocratic social setting.
Mary Balogh is one of my favorite authors, and with good cause. Lady with a Black Umbrella does not disappoint. The heroine, Daisy, is a very likeable character. Considering herself "on the shelf" at age 25, she is determined that her beautiful younger sister Rose, will make a good match. When she arrives in London and finds her aunt and uncle out of the country, she has to find someone to make introductions for her sister and self. Thankfully, she rescued a very good-looking and titled lord(Lord Kincaid) from some thugs at the local inn (using her black umbrella). When same said lord must leave without paying his bills, she pays them for him, even his whore. When she meets up with him in London, she feels he might be grateful enough to help her with the introductions she needs. What she is oblivious to is that he is angry and humiliated that she has paid his debts of such delicate nature, especially when this becomes public knowledge. Aggravation and chaos gradually blossom into mutual feelings. A delightful read!
Lady Daisy Morrison, at twenty five, considered herself too old to marry. But she vowed that her young sister Rose would achieve the untimate in wedded bliss. Certainly Rose had everything in her favor. Stunning beauty, vast wealth, sweet innocence, and above all, Daisy at her side to win her the premier prize in the London marriage mart. When Daisy met the Viscount Kincade, she knew she had found Rose's perfect match, if only Daisy could keep this eminently attractive gentlemans attention fixed on Rose and not on her and if only Daisy had enough sisterly affection not to fall in love with him.
Daisy Morrison considers herself firmly on the shelf, but is attempting to make sure her young sister Rose marries for love. Viscount Kincaid seemed a perfect match for her sister, but he has his attentions firmly fixed on Daisy instead.
Lady Daisy Morrison has a black umbrella and she's not afraid to us it on any head she fells needs busting to even up the odds. From the window of her room at the inn she sees three ruffians attack a gentlemen. She boldly goes to his rescue (barefooted and in her night gown), and the fun begins:) It's a must read for all Mary Balogh fans!! 5 Stars