Cautions Heir

From Reader Linda:

   There is something so utterly charming about the pitfalls facing the upper tiers of Regency society in the efforts of its members to enter into a marriage suitable to their station that make reading in the genre impossible to resist. No one makes the misadventures of the players in the game more intriguing than Mr. Wilkin, whose recent book Beggars Can be Choosier (his previous book) lured me into a genre I had avoided in the past. I am certain Mr. Wilkin is a time traveler with a penchant for keeping a journal, not a 21st century romance novelist. Not only his principal characters, but his supporting players are delightful. My favorite in Caution's Heir is the redoubtable Mrs. Bottomworth, who is as formidable as Queen Victoria and impossible to thwart.

   The plot is simple. The essential cast is there. There is an earl who is in line to inherit a dukedom, a self-centered marquess who is more interested in gaming than providing a secure future for his daughter, and a whole cast of characters who are interested in marrying off the latter two, although certainly not to one another. Arthur, the Earl of Daventry, beats the marquess in a card game played for stakes offensive to Arthur, but insisted upon by the marquess. When the table is cleared, Arthur is the winner. His sense of right and wrong compels him to try to avoid bankrupting the older gentleman, but the marquess will have none of it. He insists the results stand. Arthur has acquired, among other things, the Marquess' vast estate at Hroek and Arthur thinks his biggest worry concerns how he can maintain it. He assumes nothing more unsettling can happen until his manservant announces there are strangers at the door. The outcome of the card game has left the Marquess' daughter Lady Louisa disenfranchised, and the Marquess has disappeared. However, all is not lost to the lady. She has Mrs.Bottomworth to protect her interests. And thus, Lady Louisa and her chaperon arrive at Arthur's house with all of their bags and baggage. The plot evolves from there in a traditional Regency Romance fashion. Arthur allows her to move in on the condition that she finds a suitable husband during the upcoming Season. We are certain that Lady Louisa and Arthur will both end up married before their time runs out, but very possibly not to one another. Both of them are too principled to exploit the situation. Thank goodness they have friends to manipulate the outcome.

   The first seventy pages set the stage. A caveat to readers is in order: this is a heavily populated book, but virtually no one in the crowd is superfluous. It is best to indulge yourselves by getting acquainted with one and all of them. There will be times when you wish Arthur would materialize so you as a reader could kick him in the seat of his britches, but be patient. This is, after all, a romance. Put your trust in Mrs.Bottomworth and enjoy! I am convinced that my earlier aversion to Regency Romance is because in my opinon, since Jane Austen, so many writing in the genre o do not understand its dynamic, its language and its special charm. Mr.Wilkin has convinced me I was wrong. I am a fan.


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