When 17-year-old Susan Fyfield, newly arrived at her aunt’s house in London from a Young Ladies’ Seminary in Twickenham, says that she is secretly engaged to the most eligible and elusive bachelor in Town, it should have made her the happiest girl in England. After all, Beau Eversley is everything any female could wish for: handsome, charming and from a good family.
The trouble is, in announcing her betrothal to her aunt and sister, she has made one small oversight. With typical impetuosity, she has neglected to tell the Beau himself.
As the Beau’s affairs are the subject of much gossip, including his pursuit of such ladies as the vivacious actress Maria McCann, Susan is surprised when he actually agrees to help her out of the situation in which she has landed herself in the only way possible. For not only does he consent to the pretence of the engagement, but will also allow her to break it off whenever she chooses.
But a possible marriage raises an unexpected question about Susan’s past that casts a shadow on her parentage. Aided by her schoolfriend, the Beau’s volatile younger sister Georgiana, Susan sets out to solve the mystery. In doing so, she has to enlist the help of Society’s foremost gossip, the renowned Horace Walpole...
“The Clandestine Betrothal was just what I wanted to read on a chilly winter afternoon and I found myself transported to the glamorous world of the Regency. The characters are well drawn and the dialogue sparkling and there are no real villains to stand in the way of the happiness of the main characters.
Sometimes a happy ending is just what you need and this book provides just that. I can remember reading books by this author many years ago and it is good to see them available again as ebooks so that they can be read by a new generation of readers.”
"Written almost 50 years ago, this novel has stood the passage of time well. An enjoyable straightforward romance I really liked the main characters & how the story developed”
“The characters were well drawn and very likeable. I was especially fond of Aunt Hattie. Although she could talk a lot without saying much, I didn't mind because she did most of it on purpose. She knew exactly what was going on and what needed to be done to move forward.
There was one twist in the storyline which took me completely by surprise and I am not easily deceived. Therefore, I absolutely love it when an author manages just that! However, the biggest secret of all to do with Susan's parentage was revealed too early and too easily.”