The Lily of Ludgate Hill

Books on Tape. (Belles of London, Bk. 3). Jan. 2024. 12:09 hrs. ISBN 9780593748848. $95. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Regency romance lovers will swoon over Matthews’s third installment in the “Belles of London” series (following The Belle of Belgrave Square). This Regency romp follows Lady Anne Deveril, who may look dour and weak in her mourning clothes but is a fierce defender of those she loves. After her father’s tragic death seven years earlier, she and her mother put on their black mourning clothes and began a long engagement with the spirit world. Anne isn’t a lover of séances or spirits, but she’ll do anything to keep her mother happy, even if it means losing her standing in society and possibly even the love of her life. Seeking a favor for a friend, Anne calls on Felix Hartford, a gentleman from her past. He agrees to help her, for a price. In return, she must accompany him to a house party at his family’s estate. As Anne and Felix spend time together, the truth of unrequited love, hurt feelings, and family secrets come to light. The audio is delightfully narrated by Samuel Roukin and Elizabeth Knowelden, who deftly bring out the fun and growing sexual tension.
VERDICT Fans of the “Bridgerton” series and Regency romances will be charmed.
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