Miss Treadwell's Talent (Signet Regency Romance)
Miss Treadwell's Talent - Signet Regency Romance Author:Barbara Metzger Still unwed at twenty-one, an unconventional high-spirited woman finds her affections sought by a handsome, devilishly charming Earl, who is nicknamed "The Ideal" by the ton -- for his combination of wealth and looks. Though at first she fights his advances, slowly she forms a heated alliance with him. But sparring with words soon turn... more »s into a succumbing passion...« less
The budding relationship between a clever almost-spinster and a high born gentleman about to marry for the sake of his family line isn't a new plot premise but the story itself is marvelous (Marylene's mother holds seances for "donations" to their society for somesuch twaddle). The dialogue here, very funny and witty, raises this Regency novel above many of its peers. The author has clearly done her research - she knows an astounding number of period catchphrases and sprinkles them like gems throughout the story. I really enjoyed their banter, this one is definitely worth a read.