Judith Nelson is one of my all time favorite authors. If you like Joan Smith and Barbara Metzger you will want to read Judith Nelson.
From the back cover: " An Impossible Man! That's what independent and beautiful Drucilla Wrothton considered her new neighbor Mr. Pettigrew. And she felt sure her equally free-spirited cousin Mathilde would share her feelings. after all, Crandon Pettigrew had already criticized Dru's forward manners and insulted her favorite horse!
Madcap cousin Matty was prepared to go along with any wild scheme Dru might have. but neither young woman counted on the sudden appearance of the charming Duke of Ratchford - or that Mr. Pettigrew would have as little respect for the proprieties as the ladies themselves. He would stop at nothing to get the woman he desired, even if it led to a merry chase across the land and a tangle of heartstrings Cupid himself would have to undo!"