‘Merits and Mercenaries’, is the first book of an original, Austen-inspired collection of novels, ‘The Bath Novels of Lady A—‘. 'TBNLA' are written by a lady who, as Jane Austen was once known, is called ‘Lady A—’, and 'Merits and Mercenaries' is the collection's first thoroughly dashing 'Classic Companion'. As M&M's ‘handsome’, but perplexed, pair of protagonists (coincidentally, a William and a Katherine!) proceed in pursuit of love and self-discovery, comedy and drama--across both town and country--ensue. This is due, in no small part, to some very troublesome and tantalizing villains who ably thwart the pair: the menacing Francis Pope and the devilishly divine Maria Beckett are the 'foxy' duo that provides the endless entertainment. And just as their antics are the ‘trick’ within this diverting love story, then the addition of a long-suppressed ‘secret’--stalking the story’s entire cast--rather whippingly adds the quite delicious treat!
'Merits and Mercenaries' must surely delight anyone desiring a refreshing interpretation of Jane Austen's classic style and sensibility. From its very 'witty' portrayal of the intriguing 'plots - lots' of its trusty and troublesome 'Janeite' gentry characters to its seamless set pieces, it is truly a most enchanting 'effusion' of English Regency fancy! [retrieved 11/14/2015 from Amazon.com]