Sometimes the really “cool” people turn out to be not so hot. This is definitely the case with Lord Strapshire in Josi S. Kilpack’s regency novella, A Lady’s Favor. Lord Strapshire is the new man in town and the current most eligible bachelor in the village. He has apparently set his sights on beautiful Bianca Davidson, but she finds him to be somewhere past obnoxious and insufferable.
Bianca’s mother, however, sees Lord Strapshire as Bianca’s destiny. In a desperate bid to rid herself of the unwelcome attention, Bianca decides she will ask Matthew Hensley to pretend to court her. There’s just one problem: they have studiously avoided each other since an embarrassing incident some years before. But Bianca presses forward with the scheme—with unexpected and highly entertaining results.
A Lady’s Favor is a quick, light, clean and entertaining read. While I admit to preferring books I can’t get through in one afternoon, I may have to rethink that. I did read A Lady’s Favor in one afternoon and it was a thoroughly enjoyable one. This lightly written tale had all the elements: conflict, intrigue, a little mystery (what exactly did happen all those years ago?) and even a little humor. There were a couple of incidents in the story that actually made me laugh out loud.
The “embarrassing incident” is referred to in only the vaguest of terms, building up a sense of suspense throughout the story (yes, you’ll find out what it was by the end). Lord Strapshire is a very believable boor and the main characters are all reasonably well-developed. I am not a fan of one-dimensional characters in literature. I like them all to feel “real” to me. I am one of those people who makes pictures in her mind while reading (which makes it tough when they don’t consult me before the movie versions and they get it wrong!). Ms. Kilpack’s writing always makes it easy. Her characters fairly spring to life off the pages.
If you’re looking for a break from weightier fiction, or just ready for some light, clean entertainment A Lady’s Favor by Josi S. Kilpack is definitely worth picking up. It is available in eBook format from Amazon.com