12/10/1999

Regina (by Clare Darcy)

Regina is a historical novel by Clare Darcy.

A competent young lady called Regina agrees to chaperone her cousin's coming-out, and to look after her younger cousins. She is warned against the man who has charmed her cousin.

A series of events - including a lost necklace - make for an exciting plot. However although the style is Heyer-esque, and the detail and background realistic, the conversation is somewhat stilted and the characters rather flat.

The ending, while happy, seems to be contrived. Perhaps this is better not to read after several Georgette Heyer novels, but it's pleasant enough and worth reading, although it's no longer in print and quite hard to find second-hand.

Review copyright 1999 Sue's Book Reviews

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