Summary

The Viscount’s Lady Novelist was a solid, enjoyable Regency romance.

4-STAR REVIEW: THE VISCOUNT’S LADY NOVELIST by Alissa Baxter

About The Book

The Linfield Ladies: Book 2
Publication Date: April 26, 2022

Harriet Linfield is a lady novelist who has been disillusioned by love. She sets out to write more realistic tales about the emotion when she returns home to Linfield Court for the summer. Vowing to avoid any romantic entanglements along the way, she focuses instead on her writing and her plan to turn the estate she inherited from her uncle into a refuge for orphans.

Oliver, Viscount Wentford, is determined to restore his family fortunes. But his plans for the estate he inherited are in direct opposition to the wishes of Harriet, his new neighbour. Upon meeting her, Oliver is amused when, in response to his provocative comments, she informs him that she intends to make him the villain of her next book. But his amusement swiftly turns to dismay when circumstances align to show him in that exact light.

When an enemy comes back into Harriet’s life, she sees that love isn’t as clear-cut as the romantic tales she pens. But will the viscount manage to discard his villainous mantle to become Harriet’s real-life hero?

The Review

The Viscount’s Lady Novelist is the second book in the Linfield Ladies series by Alissa Baxter. It is a traditional Regency romance (not sensual). The heroine, Harriet Linfield, is the quiet one in her family who prefers writing novels to studying nature. 

After being betrayed by a man she thought she loved, Harriet abandons plans to marry and, instead, plans to run a school for young girls. When Oliver, Viscount Wentford, visits Linfield, he and Harriet feel a growing attraction. But when she learns he wants to buy the estate she inherited, Harriet questions his sincerity. And things become more complicated when Harriet’s first love reappears and makes threats.

I read and enjoyed the first book in this series. I liked this one a little more, and I can see Alissa Baxter’s writing skills growing stronger. Harriet was a very confused heroine. She did not know who to trust, and her insecurities caused a lot of disruption in the budding romance. 

Oliver was the strong and sensible type of hero. He fell in love with Harriet’s quiet nature but struggled to overcome her reluctance. Interactions with other friends and family members enhanced the story. There was a bit of mystery and danger. I particularly liked how Harriet reflected on her own life through her novel writing. 

The book was a little slow in places, but overall The Viscount’s Lady Novelist was a solid, enjoyable Regency romance.

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About The Author

Alissa Baxter was born in a small town in South Africa and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. At the age of eleven, she discovered her mother’s collection of Georgette Heyer novels. The first Heyer novel she ever read was Sylvester and she was hooked on Georgette Heyer after that. She read and reread her novels, and fell totally in love with the Regency period and Heyer’s grey-eyed heroes!

After university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she began writing her first Regency novel, before moving to England, which gave her further inspiration for her historical romances.

Alissa has lived in Durban and Cape Town but she eventually settled in Johannesburg where she lives with her husband and two sons. Alissa is the author of two chick-lit novels, Send and Receive and The Blog Affair, which have been re-released as The Truth About Series: The Truth about Clicking Send and Receive and The Truth About Cats and Bees.

Alissa’s Linfield Ladies Series features women in trend-setting roles in the Regency period who fall in love with men who embrace their trailblazing ways… at least eventually. The Viscount’s Lady Novelist is the second book in this series, following on from The Earl’s Lady Geologist.

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Wednesday, April 27
Review at MTM Reads
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Thursday, May 12
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Friday, May 13
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

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Review at One Book More

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Review at Robin Loves Reading

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REVIEW AUTHOR

Diane Peterson
Diane Petersonhttp://www.dianekpeterson.com
Diane K. Peterson is a retired school library media specialist that promotes the romance novel industry as an analyst, speaker, and reviewer. She is currently compiling an analytic history of the romance genre. Diane leads classes and workshops for authors and older adults (Osher program). A compulsive “fixer,” she uses her status as a Goodreads librarian to correct and improve book records as well as assisting authors. Diane is a member of RWA and the Missouri RWA chapter.

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4-STAR REVIEW: THE VISCOUNT'S LADY NOVELIST by Alissa BaxterThe Viscount’s Lady Novelist was a solid, enjoyable Regency romance.