Anya Wylde brought us the crazy Penelope Fairweather in her madcap Regency romance. Now she introduces us to yet another Fairweather sister – Celine. Get rid of your thinking caps and immerse yourself in the silly histrionics of yet another unusual heroine. Seeking Philbert Woodbead will have you ROFL for sure.
Penelope, now a Duchess, is confined, soon to have her baby. The dowager Duchess is ill and away. So is the Duke’s sister. So Celine is sent for to come to London and look after the running of the Blackthorne mansion. A pirate ship is in dock, and they have been robbed! The pirates are searching high and low for their precious artifact with orders to kill the thief on sight. Lord Adair, yes, that devilishly handsome Lord Adair convinces the Duke to put up George, Lord Elmer, soon to be an Earl. Why is Celine sneaking into the library at night?
Penelope has mood swings and makes everyone run around more than usual. The young Dorothy gets underfoot and has a secret pet. Chefs and cooks are disappearing all over London. The Duke’s two chefs are gone. Who is Gilbert and what does he have to do with the whole confusion? Will the orchards at Blackthorne be able to ignite passion between George and Celine?
As I said in my review of Penelope, this is a different kind of Regency romance. Mostly centered around a few characters, the author focuses on them rather than the background of fashionable London society as is typical in books set in this period. We don’t get to know Celine as closely as Penelope. But the 13 year old Dorothy seems promising, and will possibly star in Anya Wylde’s next edition of the Fairweather sisters.
Seeking Philbert Woodbead is a light and funny read that is enjoyable without taking much out of you.