Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 18 September 2023

The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies

by Alison Goodman.

Rosemary’s Book of the Week

Lady Augusta Colebrook, ‘Gus’ is determinedly unmarried bored by society life, and tired of being dismissed at the age of forty-two. She and her twin sister, Julia, who is grieving her dead betrothed, need a distraction. One soon presents itself to rescue their friend’s goddaughter, Caroline, from her violent husband.

The sisters set out to Caroline’s country estate with a plan, but their carriage is accosted by a highwayman. In the scuffle, Gus accidently shoots the ruffian, only to discover he is Lord Evan Belford, an acquaintance from their past who was charged with murder and exiled to Australia twenty years ago. With Lord Evan injured and unconscious, the sisters have no choice but to bring him on their mission to save Caroline.

What follows is a high adventure full of danger, clever improvisation,, heart-racing near misses, and a little help from a revived and rather charming Lord Evan.

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The Benevolent Society of Ill Mannered Ladies | Alison Goodman

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