Captain Tuttle’s #CBR4 Review #29 – Ridiculous by D.L. Carter
It’s an apt title, for sure. And an awfully silly book. Millicent Boarder, her mother and sisters have gone to live with their nasty, miserly cousin Mr. North after being left penniless. Mr. North dies, and the ladies would be even worse off – except Millicent decides to go all identity thefty on everyone, and becomes Mr. North.
She takes over the management of his estates, which he had let fall into disrepair – and of course she does a great job. On her way to see one farm, she comes upon a carriage accident, and stops to help. There she meets a handsome duke and falls in love with him. Of course they become friends because Millicent (Mr. North) is funny and has a way with the duke’s very shy sister. They normally wouldn’t move in the same social circles, but Mr. North’s personality carries him through encounters with royalty and Beau Brummell.
There are the usual hijinks involving mistaken identities, wonderings about whether Mr. North and the duke are gay, and intrigues with the duke’s younger sister and a much older unsuitable suitor. Let’s see if we can guess if everything comes out right in the end.
Ridiculous is a pretty frivolous book, but that’s not to say that I wouldn’t recommend it to certain of my friends who like that sort of thing. It’s kind of a Regency romance, with a bit of farce thrown in. Not terribly intellectually taxing, but not all books have to be. A little dumb piece of fluff never hurt anyone.