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The Nature of a Lady is a very intriguing romantic mystery set in 1906 in the Isles of Scilly off the English coast. Lady Elizabeth sets off for the islands for the summer with her lady's maid Mabena to stay in a little cottage near the shore. Her plan is to escape her elder brother's plan to marry her off and also to investigate the wonders of nature around her.
Within a very short time of arriving, strange things begin to happen including being mistaken for another Elizabeth, being given strange things, and other odd encounters. In addition, Elizabeth's lady's maid begins acting strangely at times.
Soon the plot begins to thicken like cornstarch in gravy. Like gravy, it's as hard to put down the book as it is to put down the spoon! Once the vast array of islanders are introduced and each plays their part, Lady Elizabeth finds herself entangled in the island's ways and in a mystery which she could never have fathomed.
I adored the hero and heroine Oliver Treymane and Lady Elizabeth. They were both adorably geeky over nature and kind to each other.
I highly recommend this book for a summer read. There is nothing in it that is inappropriate for a lady, young or old, to read. It does, however, have a fair amount of intrigue and excitement. It builds skillfully, and you may find yourself staying up too late to finish it!
I use the Goodreads star system.
★ Did not like it
★★ It was okay
★★★ Liked it
★★★★ Really liked it
★★★★★ It was amazing
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