The Disappearance of Lady Edith

Christina McKnight
The Disappearance of Lady Edith
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La Loma Elite Publishing
Release Date
May 2017
Book 1 of The Undaunted Debutantes
Historical Romance

One tragic night changed sensible, proper Lady Edith Pelton's life: when her best friend fell to her death, pushed down a flight of stairs by a nefarious lord. Now, Edith dedicates her time to watching the man she thinks is responsible, while gathering information to expose other scoundrels posing as gentlemen of honor about London. When her spying is noticed by a perfect stranger, Edith finds herself with two mysteries—what happened to her friend, and how to win the heart of this brilliantly handsome lord.

Triston Neville, Viscount Torrington, has been tasked with two duties for the upcoming Season: see that his sisters make the most of their debut, and avoid embroiling himself in another scandal. What he does not expect is the captivating, fair-haired beauty that literally falls into his path. When the mysterious Lady Edith suddenly disappears without a trace, Triston fears his past misdeeds may have returned to destroy his life once more.

Can Triston piece together the puzzle in time to save Edith and prove that his love is nothing less than honorable?

Book Review by Blue (reviewer)
Jul 12, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
133 people found the following review helpful
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF LADY EDITH is the first of a trio of novellas which tell the story of three friends determined to see the murderer of their friend, Tilda, brought to justice. It was Tilda's wedding day, and she took leave of her friends to join her new husband in their private rooms. Almost immediately, Tilda is found dead at the foot of the stairs. One of the ladies insists that the duke (the new husband) was at the top of the stairs and undoubtedly caused her death. Without any proof, Tilda's death is ruled an accident, but her three friends make a pact to observe the duke and somehow try to prove his guilt. This first installment tells the story of Lady Edith Pelton.

Edith is a determined and daring young lady, who comes off as a bit clumsy. When she meets our hero, Triston Neville, Viscount Torrington, she has climbed a tree on his property in order to spy on the suspected killer duke, who lives next door. Triston's questions as to what she's doing irritated Edith, and the two get off to a somewhat rocky start. Soon enough they decide they quite like each other.

Because this story is so short, I felt unable to really know these characters, except on a very superficial level. I did feel a lot of sympathy for Triston, who suffered a humiliating betrayal in his past, and came off as a decent man deserving of some happiness. Edith and her friends struck me as somewhat reckless and immature. Their determination to avenge their friend is admirable, but I question their reasoning and their actions. They also had an extreme amount of freedom and lack of chaperones, which would have been unusual for the time.

Triston and Edith's romance is sweet, and is resolved in this story. The mystery remains open, and Edith's two friends will have their own stories told in upcoming novellas. I enjoyed THE DISAPPEARANCE OF LADY EDITH, though it did contain some unlikely scenarios. There are lighthearted moments along with some darker ones, and I look forward to seeing how the murder (if indeed, it was murder) is solved.
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