THE LADY TRAVELERS GUIDE TO SCOUNDRELS AND OTHER GENTLEMEN – Victoria Alexander
The Lady Travelers Guide , Book 1 of 4
England and France – 1889
India Prendergast, practical, educated, and a working woman, is very worried about her cousin, Lady Heloise Snuggs. It seems Heloise signed up to travel with the help of the Lady Travelers Society and Assistance Agency. All seemed well as long as India was receiving letters from her cousin, but now no letters were forthcoming, and, despite Heloise being escorted by her stalwart French maid, India is terrified that something has happened to the woman who took her in when her parents died.
Attending the latest seminar of the Lady Travelers Society, India is dismayed when the elderly women who run it haven't a clue where Heloise could be. It seems they have a rather questionable itinerary, but no way of knowing if the travelers are following it. India begins to suspect that this “business” is not legitimate. And to add to the suspicion is the arrival of Derek Saunders, a known rake, who is the nephew of one of the owners of the Society.
In order to allay India's fears, and protect his aunt from her rather questionable company's reputation, Derek agrees to escort the rather annoying India to the Continent to search for Heloise. India and Derek do not exactly hit it off, and when they arrive in Paris and India's trunk does not, things go from bad to worse. Not to mention that no one seems to know where cousin Heloise even stayed in Paris or if she's moved on.
THE LADY TRAVELERS GUIDE TO SCOUNDRELS AND OTHER GENTLEMEN is a mouthful to recite, but a delight to read. India and Derek spar and spit at each other, but do work together to find Heloise. Secondary characters are a hoot, and there is a bit of a surprise ending.
A fun book to read, don't miss THE LADY TRAVELERS GUIDE TO SCOUNDRELS AND OTHER GENTLEMEN.