Richard Carstares has done the unthinkable: He’s cheated at cards! In order to save his beloved brother from shame and ruin, Lord John (the older brother and heir to the Earldom) takes the blame and is shunned by one and all. He leaves his homeland, his family, and his inheritance and flees to the continent where he learns many life lessons. When he finally returns to England, he still feels too ashamed to come back to his family and friends, so he hides under a false name and makes a living as a highwayman!
On one of his sojourns, he encounters someone else trying to rob another coach. However, this new highwayman’s intentions are much more sinister: Kidnap an innocent girl and force her to marry him! Lord John is injured in the fight to free the girl (Diana), and she nobly brings him home and nurses him back to health.
Of course, there is an attraction but it can never be because Lord John is a ruined man and Diana deserves better. He feels that he can never overcome his ruin, and he would never tell the truth and hurt his brother. What can he do? The ensuing story is delightful and well-rounded.
With Ms Heyer’s ready wit and her amazing talent, she delivers yet another wonderfully fun romance to her already full arsenal of sweet love stories. You’re introduced to hilarious characters who get themselves into the funniest scrapes! Nothing says contentment like a Georgette Heyer novel.
Profanity/Language: 32 religious exclamations; 33 mild obscenities.
Violence/Gore: Characters are waylaid by a highwayman; a few duels with swords, 2 of them somewhat extended (1-2 pages); a character is shot and seriously wounded; a character is shot and dies; a character is kidnapped.
Sex/Nudity: A few kisses and embraces between characters; a few references to affairs/mistresses; a character tries to caress and kiss another character against her will.
Mature Subject Matter:
Robbing/Theiving, Cheating, Gambling, Kidnapping, Infidelity in Marriage.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Many characters use ‘snuff’ (a tobacco that is inhaled through the nose). Many characters drink various alcoholic beverages (cognac, burgundy, claret, champagne, etc.).