The first in a 5 book series – and if the rest are half as fun as this one: I will love this series! Set in the early 1820’s, this story carries the feel of a regency romance, with a bit of steam thrown in for the more contemporary reader. Additionally, Maureen Driscoll doesn’t overwhelm the reader trying to incorporate the more ‘period appropriate’ language and phrasing, instead using a more contemporary delivery to present the feel of the time and the story to readers.
We are first introduced to Jane as she is traveling in disguise as she tends to the ill and wounded after Waterloo. Here is where she first encounters Ned, her interference and skill kept him from becoming dangerously ill, if not dying from wounds and fever. There also is a major spark of attraction, as Jane is completely unique and different from women of his acquaintance. Seven years later, in a small hamlet, Jane is the medical provider that the villagers seek out. Living close to penury, she is surprised by Ned’s sudden reappearance in her life, and to see their spark is still there.
The characters of Ned and Jane are utterly delightful, with neither willing to admit their attraction is more than physical until lives are threatened and the signs are obvious to everyone, including the seven year old Violet. Secondary characters are introduced with flair, their relationships and interactions with the main characters give insight into everyone without bashing readers over the head. I adored Ned’s family, and the people of Marston Vale were so sweetly protective and loyal to Jane that you just couldn’t help but like her.
This story had everything, including introducing us to Ned’s siblings and we can see the sprouts of some new romances in their interactions and asides as the story comes to a climax. I’m delighted with this book – it was the perfect escapist read for an afternoon, and can’t wait to see just how the rest of Ned’s clan will fare with their matches.
Title: Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid
Author: Maureen Driscoll
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Self-Published
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Caught behind enemy lines at the Battle of Waterloo, nurse Jane Wetherby is forced to seek shelter with British operative Lord Edward Kellington. After a night of passion, the two are separated. With nothing but the alias Jane used to protect her family, Lord Edward is unable to find the woman he cannot forget.
Seven years later, Jane courts scandal by serving as the unofficial surgeon in the village of Marston Vale. When Edward arrives to formalize his betrothal to a viscount's daughter in accordance with his late father's wishes, Jane has no choice but to watch the match proceed. When a threat from the past emerges, Jane must join forces with Edward to safeguard her loved ones. But at what risk to her heart?
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.