Penelope by Anya Wylde is a madcap Regency romance in the author’s own words. And I agree! Lunatic is another word that comes to the mind. Something this LOL funny and mindless brings a breath of fresh air to the Regency era novel. Some things seem out of place but the book will entice you so much that you will ignore any such thoughts.
Miss Penelope Fairweather is a poor girl from a village on her way to London for her first season. A dowager Duchess remembers her promise to Penelope’s dear departed mother and will sponsor her season. Things start crashing as soon as Penelope arrives at the Duke’s mansion with Lady Bathsheba, her pet goat. Nervous in her new surroundings, Penelope blabbers too much and alienates the young Duke. Misadventures abound until Penelope is firmly taken in hand by London’s top French modiste – a man going by the name ‘Madame’. Penelope endears herself to the ladies in the house. But will the young Duke ever not think of her as a nuisance? Penelope shames herself with new social blunders every night and the Duke puts her through various trials during the day.
Throw in a vicious fiancée and an unsuitable romance, and you’ve got nonstop action on your hands. This book is a light read but has its poignant moments. There is a strong plot and interesting story at its core, and this makes Penelope a must read romance. The pace is fast, and the witty dialogue has you completely absorbed. Penelope by Anya Wylde turned out to be a complete surprise and I fell in love with its bubbly heroine.