I do not ordinarily read romances but chanced upon this one and enjoyed it very much. It has a good plot, well defined characters, even a bit of a mystery. The writing is good, very similar to Georgette Heyer, who I do read extensively. She hadn't quite Heyer's ability with humor but few do. I do recommend this book to the lover of Regency romance.
A PROMISE WITH A PRICE
When her sister died in childbirth, Penelope Lindon promised to care for the twin niece and nephew she adores as if they were her own. But to prove herself a reliable guardian, she also promised never to marry. How could she have known that the murder of her neighbor, the Marquess of Worthington, would bring to her door handsome Lucas Pargetter? The reformed rake is everything a lady could wish for...and all that Penelope cannot have if she wishes to keep her beloved charges...
AN IRRESISTIBLE TEMPTATION
Once headstrong and self-indulgent, Lucas has spent the past decade atoning for his sins - something his degenerate cousin should have done. Blackguard, scoundrel, and likely an embezzler too, his cousin had made any number of enemies. Lucas never planned on investigating his cousin's past, but it is the only way he can unmask a murderer and restore his reputation. It is perilou swork for any gentleman, and for Penelope, the one lady he trusts enough to help. But soon Lucas is in another danger...of losing his heart to a lady and family he longs to make his own...
There's really nothing new in the way of regency plots, so very often it's the writer's prose style and her way with characters that makes a book readable. Glenda Garland is one of my personal faves for that reason. Gentle humor. Natural characters. Smooth prose with a bit of complexity to it - she doesn't treat the reader like an idiot. Wish she were still writing today - too bad her style of regency is out of fashion.