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Lady Merry's Dashing Champion (Signet…
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Lady Merry's Dashing Champion (Signet Eclipse)

by Jeane Westin

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It seems Meriel-called Merry-looks exactly like the wife of Lord Giles, Earl of Warborough, whose legendary heroism has long sent a thrill down Merry's spine. Giles's cold, unfaithful wife is known to be a spy for the Dutch. Coerced by the British king's spymaster, Merry takes the traitor's place as a double-agent-with the aim of delivering false intelligence to the waiting Dutch. But Merry's dangerous mission only fans the flames of her smoldering desire for Giles-even as Giles is overtaken by passion for a "wife" who's suddenly become all he ever wanted.… (more)

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Set in Restoration England this book is a swash-buckling adventure. Meriel "Merry" St. Thomas, orphaned servant is an identical double for the Felice, Countess of Warborough. The Countess is the a cold-hearted, unfaithful wife of Lord Giles, a naval hero. Lady Felice is also a spy for the Dutch. The King's spymaster, William Chiffinch seeing the resemblance forces Merry to impersonate Lady Felice and become a pawn in his plans.

Jeane Westin takes the reader into the intrigues of the Restoration court. She does an excellent job of incorporating real historical persons, King Charles II and The Countess of Castlemaine, into the story. She also explores the class differences between Lord Giles and Merry. Although the ending is predictable, it a fast pace story of espionage, battles and court intrigue. ( )
  AoifeT | Nov 1, 2010 |
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Meriel St. Thomas raced up the sweeping oak stairs of Cheatham House in answer to Lady's Judith's urgent call, clutching up her rough woolen gown to speed her way.
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