A friend and a list.
Several years before, Lucy’s Aunt had bequeathed a large sum of money and a journal to Lucy. A journal that included a list of regrets. Lucy doesn’t want her life to end with a list of regrets or of things she’s never done so she’s going to use this small amount of time to do all of the things on her aunt’s list… until she can come up with her own
Or, until someone realizes she’s without a keeper and comes to find her.
It’s no secret that I adore Victoria Alexander’s books, but I absolutely have to say that “The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress” definitely ranks at the top of my favorites list!
What I liked: I adore Lucy! She’s so much fun. Her personality is light and she’s not an idiot. Lucy’s desire to fulfill her great aunt’s regrets until she figures out what she wants is admirable and heartbreaking. It really is sad that she’s spent so much time doing what is expected that she forgot how to have her own desires.
Cameron is perfect for her. It’s so much fun to watch him sputter and choke at Lucy’s antics as she makes her way through the list. I love to watch people become their parents when they least expect it.
I think one of my favorite things in this book is that many of the periphery characters are ones we’ve met in previous books. If you don’t remember them or haven’t met them it doesn’t impact the story but, if you have, it’s an added delight.
What I didn’t like: There is a part of Cameron’s relationship with his father that seems to have been left untied. It’s mentioned but, getting some finality to their relationship is missing.
I’m definitely going to miss Lucy!
|Source:||Kensington Books via Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)|
|Publisher & Date:||April 28th 2015 by Zebra|
|ISBN:||1420132288 (ISBN13: 9781420132281)|
|Steam:||Steamy – there is one interlude that’s descriptively steamy, but the rest is PG|
|Setting:||Winter 1888, London, England|
|This Counts for these Challenges:||2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 Just for Fun Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge, 2015 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge, 2015 Historical Romance Reading Challenge, 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge, 2015 Full House Reading Challenge, Monthly Mix-up Mania, 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge|
|Series:||Millworth Manor #5|
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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