My trip to the library last week yielded a happy surprise, a new book by Rhys Bowen, one of my favorite authors! 'Naughty in Nice', was released by the Penguin Group in 2011, but it was brand new to me this month.
This book is another featuring Bowen's feisty protagonist, Lady Georgiana Rannoch, the nobly bred but impoverished thirty-fourth in line to the British throne. Young Georgie finds a chance to escape the dreary London winter and travel to the French Riviera. Modern readers will be fascinated by the allusions to the lifestyles of the privileged class in the 1930's. Bowen skillfully weaves true events and people through her story, giving it an authentic feel.
As usual, Georgie finds herself smack in the middle of mystery and intrigue.She is forced to use her wits to keep both her freedom and her life. Georgie is so likeably awkward and down to earth, that it's impossible not to root for her. Bowen fans will be happy to find familiar characters also vacationing with Georgie, as well as several new acquaintances to keep things interesting.
Lady Georgiana's love interest, the dark and dashing Irishman, Darcy O'Mara appears again in this book. Bowen keeps the reader guessing almost until the end whether or not their love will survive their time in France. The final pages will have you yearning for the release of the next book in the series.
Rhys Bowen has created such an appealing character in Lady Georgiana, that whenever I stumble across a new novel in which she's featured, I feel like a dear old friend has come to visit. I look forward to reading more about Georgie's adventures.