Monday, November 13, 2017

Review of Once upon a Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt

Once again we are transported back to Maiden Lane and into the lives of the characters that we have come to love.  This Novella tells the story of Mary Whitsun, an orphan who was left on the steps of the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children in St. Giles.  Mary grew up there and is now a nanny for Lord and Lady Caire's two young children.

One day Mary is in her favorite bookstore when she is pestered by a Gentleman that seems to know her by a different name.  She wants nothing to do with him and leaves as quickly as she can.  Henry was sure that the young lady was his fiancee, she was the exact image of Lady Joanna.  It turns out that Lady Joanna was born a twin and both girls were kidnapped when they were babies, and only one of the little girls were ever found.

Mary cannot believe that she is the long-lost daughter of a lord.  She has lived her life as a servant and considers herself lucky to have a position with a family whom she loves.  She is thrown into the position of a Lady, and she engaged to be married to the man from the bookstore.  As she becomes more sure of herself and spends more time with Henry, she finds that she can be happy if Henry is by her side.

As Henry and Mary get to know each other and spend a lot of time together, they find themselves falling in love. Just as everything is coming together for their HAE someone is trying to kill Mary, she has been shot at twice, the second time her maid was hit in the arm.  Henry is determined to find the culprit who is trying to take Mary away from him. 

As always Elizabeth writes a wonderful story that will pull you into her world that is filled with stunning characters, a plot that is surprising as it is mysterious with a surprising ending.  This novella can be read as a stand-alone.  If you have never read the Maiden Lane Series by Elizabeth I recommend that you start at the beginning.  You will love this Series.

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