Behind a Lady’s Smile: The Lost Heiresses #1 by Jane Goodger

Behind a Lady's Smile: The Lost Heiresses #1 by Jane Goodger

I’ve read one of this author’s earlier titles and was impressed: her heroines have edges that are just one emery board from cutting: and Genny is no different.

Behind a Lady’s Smile

A sweet and biddable girl, she’s got a touch of naïve pragmatism where others are concerned, and a wickedly devilish sense of humor in her pranks.

The granddaughter of an English earl, she was with her father in Yosemite when he died, leaving her alone in the wilderness.  When she spots a photographer, she is covertly watching him.  Mitch is living hand to mouth, photographing the wilderness to make a name for himself and set up a studio back east in New York.  He spies the woman watching him, their confrontation results in her injury.

These two were interesting, from Mitch’s first feelings of guilt to mercenary interest when Genny reveals her connections to an English earl and her request he accompany / assist her in her travel to England, their tentative friendship starts.  While Mitch took quite a bit of time to not mistrust completely, I don’t ever feel that Genny was wholly unaware of his motives (money) in agreeing to get her to England.  An on the road adventure begins where Genny’s personality and indomitable optimism, as well as several well-played pranks start to work on the shell that Mitch has put forward.  Light, fun and humor filled, these two characters develop and grow individually and as a couple and make for a delightful read.

Behind a Lady’s Smile: The Lost Heiresses #1 by Jane Goodger

Title: Behind a Lady's Smile
Author: Jane Goodger
Series: The Lost Heiresses #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Lyrical Press
ISBN: 1601834508
Published on: 18 August, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 248
Rated: four-stars
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The Lost Heiresses
It’s one thing for a girl to lose her way, quite another to lose her heart…
Genny Hayes could charm a bear away from a pot of honey. But raised in the forests of Yosemite, she’s met precious few men to practice her smiles upon. Until a marvelously handsome photographer appears in her little corner of the wilderness and she convinces him to take her clear across the country and over the seas to England, where she has a titled grandmother and grandfather waiting to claim her.

On their whirlwind journey, she’ll have the chance to bedazzle and befuddle store clerks and train robbers, society matrons and big city reporters, maids and madams, but the one man she most wants to beguile seems determined to play the gentlemen and leave her untouched. Until love steps in and knocks them both head over heels…

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


About Jane Goodger

I grew up in western Massachusetts and have lived most my adult life in New England. Thanks to my adventurous husband, I've also done brief stints in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Naples, Italy. Although I've written four contemporary romances under the name Jane Blackwood, my first love is historical romances set in Victorian times. I've written 13 of those with more on the way.

I have three kids, one in college, one a great drummer, and one an artist. I love the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I work full time, have an editing business, and in my free time write like a fanatic.

Above the desk in my office is this sign: "And They All Lived Happily Ever After." It may not be reality, but it's real nice to think about...