I quite enjoyed “Miss Lacey’s Last Fling”, one of Candice Hern’s older regencies. It was a quick read with interesting characters and just the right amount of humor for the plot.
Rosie is dying. She figures she’s got about six months before the same disease that killed her mother takes her too. Since she put off her time in London and a season to take care of all her siblings, she decides to go out with a bang (pun thoroughly intended). So she sets off for London and a visit with her scandalous Aunt Lucy. There she becomes Rosalind, a vivacious and flirtatious woman who wants to experience all the joys and excitement London has to offer; she even has a list!
Max is a jaded rake. His best friend committed suicide at the end of the last season and said in his note to Max, “Life is a bore.” Max finds himself feeling the same way until his friend Lucy’s niece comes to town. Arriving looking like a dowd, Max doesn’t recognize the new Rosalind when he next sees her. Spending time with her and her lust for life energizes and entertains Max and before long he’s falling under her spell.
Yes, the plot is familiar. But Hern gives it her own special spin and I kept reading for the fun. After all, like Rosalind, getting there is just as rewarding as the destination, right?