All’s fair in love and meddling among the members of New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander’s Lady Travelers Society!
Unmarried and dedicated to illustrating the Explorers Club’s artifacts, Dulcie Middleworth is running out of prospects. Spinsterhood’s a tragedy for the daughter of a viscount, but London’s most eligible maiden has a secret: she’s already in love. But to confess an attraction to charming explorer Michael Shepard? Not when the man has no wish to marry and his heart’s desire lies in adventure abroad.
Surely such a predicament calls for a matchmaker of Poppy Fitzhew-Wellmore’s caliber! And calls as well for a romantic rival—the legendary figment of Poppy’s imagination Reginald Everheart—to nudge Michael’s affections in Dulcie’s direction. But what to do when everyone demands to meet the famously infamous suitor who doesn’t really exist?
* from Goodreads
Wow. The Rise and Fall of Reginald Everheart is one of the most romantic books I’ve read in a long time!
Written with the Victoria Alexander’s amazing wit and style, I fell into this terrific novella and couldn’t put it down!
What I liked: I really loved both Dulcie and Michael. They were great characters! Plus, the other suitor & Dulcie’s momma had me laughing out loud!!
What I didn’t like: When I purchased this I didn’t realize it was included as a bonus in the print edition of The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger which I’d already purchased…. Still worth every penny.
|Source:||I pre-purchased The Rise and Fall of Reginald Everheart Oct 17, 2017 not realizing I’d get it when I downloaded my copy of The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger.|
|Publisher & Date:||November 1st 2017 by MIRA|
|ISBN:||1489252622 (ISBN13: 9781489252623)|
|Steam:||YA | Just a smooch or two|
|Setting:||1868 London, England|
|Series:||The Lady Travelers Guide #1.5|
The Proper Way to Stop a Wedding
The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen
The Rise and Fall of Reginald Everheart
The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny With a Dashing Stranger
|The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl|
Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty-one full-length novels and six novellas. The Perfect Wife—originally published in 1996 and reissued in March 2008—hit #1 on the New York Times list. Sixteen of her books are bestsellers hitting the New York Times, USA Today and/or Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance’s Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In 2009 she was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub and was named Historical Storyteller of the year in 2003. In 2008 she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter.
Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON’T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.
During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. She’s interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner, ridden an elephant and flown in a governor’s helicopter. She’s covered a national political convention and Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Denver as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter’s school “story telling genius”. It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. She’s never looked back.
Victoria is a former president of the Omaha Press Club and in 2009 was named an OPC Face on the Barroom Floor. A caricature portrait of her joined previous faces including presidents, sports figures and politicians in a tradition that began in 1971.
Victoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well drawn.
Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and her dogs. Victoria had two bearded collies, Sam and Louie (named from characters in one of her books). Sam (on the left), the best dog in the world for 13 ½ years, passed away in September 2010. Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn’t understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowed!
Now he’s been joined by Reggie, prince of the lilacs.
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