Anna Elliott concentrates her writing on the Regency period, like many of the books I’ve reviewed this Cannonball. She’s also the author of those Georgiana Darcy diary books, which are Ok, as is this book.
Susanna Ward lost her father, who was a bit peripatetic, but took very good care of her. She’s trying to find work, most likely as a governess. It’s either that, or she doesn’t want to think of what will happen to her. Her father’s family has money, but had disowned her father long ago. She’s on her way to London to look for work, and at a stop on the way, she runs into a man she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl. He worked on the family estate, and tells her he thinks her grandfather was murdered. It’s possible his death was connected to a local ring of smugglers, led by a man calling himself Captain Clark.
At another stop on the way, at a roadside inn, Captain Clark barges in her room bleeding. Susanna decides to help and hide him, so there’s your meet-cute. Susanna ends up at the family estate, and meets her uncle, aunt and cousin. Some are friendlier than others. And then Captain Clark shows up, using another name. Hmmm, he may not be what he seems.
Susanna sleuths around to find out who Captain Clark really is, and who killed her grandfather. It’s a nice little piece of fluff, also like a lot of the books I’ve reviewed this Cannonball. 2012 was a rough year, as you can tell by my choice of reading material. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes old-fashionedey cozy mysteries, or Regency romances.