9 April 2012

Review: Lady Anne's Quest by Susan Page Davis

In the first book in this series, The Lady's Maid, Lady Anne Stone left England with her maid and friend, Elise Finster, to travel to America in search for her Uncle David after the death of her father. David Stone doesn’t know it yet, but he is the heir to his brother's earldom. Anne and Elise hear that David is in Oregon, so they join a wagon train, and The Lady’s Maid tells the story of the dangers they face from both the geographic challenges and from persons unknown. Lady Anne's Quest opens shortly after their arrival in Oregon (and Elise’s marriage to Eb). 

Lady Anne heads south from Eugene to Corvallis to search for her uncle, accompanied by Daniel Adams, who fell in love with her as hey journeyed across America in the wagon train. But the man they find claiming to be David Stone is an illiterate impostor, trying to claim an inheritance that is not his. Anne and Dan find that David owns a mining claim, so they continue to follow the trail. But it soon becomes apparent that they are not the only people searching for David, and that the dangers they faced in their first journey are still following them.

It has been a few months since I read The Lady's Maid, so I had forgotten some of the details. Normally, that wouldn't matter, except that Lady Anne's Quest jumped straight into the action, leaving me struggling to remember what was what and who was who. However, all became clear after a couple of chapters and I was able to start enjoying Lady Anne's Quest. Overall, it was a solid historical suspense with a hint of romance as Anne gets to know Dan better. I think I would have liked a bit more detail about the development of their relationship – I like the fact that it was build on friendship and respect, but I still would have liked a little more sizzle.

The third book in the series, A Lady in the Making, is due to be published later this year, which is good because there is still a mystery to solve, and, as Jane Austen says, a single man in possession of a fortune must be in need of a wife...

Thanks to Barbour and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

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