From Publishers Weekly
Aylmer (Darcy's Story) retains the Austen-era settings of her debut but adds an original cast of characters to her entertaining but underdeveloped sophomore effort. Twenty-year-old Julia Maitland is ready to find a husband. Lord Dominic Brandon has proposed, delighting Julia's socially ambitious mother, despite Brandon's unsavory reputation and rumored ties to smuggling. Though her father favors Jack Douglas-who lacks a title but will inherit his father's fortune-Julia has eyes only for Kit, Jack's younger brother, who will inherit very little. When Julia accompanies her Aunt Lucy to the estate of Lucy's recently deceased childhood friend, she is stunned to see Kit, who inherited the estate and new surname from his godmother, making him the Master of Morancourt. The attraction between the pair blossoms but Julia knows a loveless union still awaits unless she can convince her family otherwise. Aylmer is more enamored of the period than of her characters, and the plot serves as merely a framework for sumptuous descriptions of Regency-era events and fashions. Despite a treasure trove of Austen-era trivia, a stronger narrative would have made the love affair more compelling.
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“An original cast of characters. . . . Entertaining. . . . Sumptuous descriptions of Regency-era events and fashions. . . . A treasure trove of Austen-era trivia.” (Publishers Weekly)
“JULIA AND THE MASTER OF MORANCOURT is a marvelous ‘Regency Romance’--a story of a spirited heroine, a rich and handsome hero, together with a good helping of mysterious characters, including smugglers and fugitives…The adventures of Julia and her family are sure to provide continuing fascination for Janet Aylmer’s readers.” (Jill Pitkeathley, author of CASSANDRA AND JANE)
“A lively romance in the Regency tradition…Full of interesting historical detail and very entertaining.” (Jennifer Kloester, author of GEORGETTE HEYER'S REGENCY WORLD)