We’ve all heard the adage “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” That pretty much sums up the situation of Frances, the heroine in The Maddening Lord Montwood by Vivienne Lorret. She’s rescued from impossibly bad circumstances by an aristocrat who claims to be an old family friend. He is praised far and wide for his goodness and generosity. So why does Lucan, the maddening lord of the title, keep warning her to be cautious?
It seems Lucan has already had one good deed backfire on him at the hands of the deceptively charming Whitelock. Yet he is still determined to save Frances and her hapless father from the deliciously slimy villain.
The plot ventures into implausibility here and there. One wonders how a large dog can stand guard within a house with nobody the wiser, for example. And it does take Frances rather a long time to notice that something peculiar is going on.
There are some appealing secondary characters, however, and all the plot threads are neatly sewn up.
Lorret is a new author for me. I’m glad I found her.