Romantic adventure--attempting to summon up the rococo sexiness of Henry Fielding, right down to the chapter heads (""In which Charles makes 'a cake' and Lucy creates a Hum""). And the attempt is carried off with aplomb. Lucy is the bastard daughter of tenant farmer Roger Emmett and Esmeralda Lee, a gypsy girl he casually rapes in a moment of country passion. With this heritage, Lucy is bound for no good end--she is too gorgeous and too hot, or so say all those who pursue her. Boost the blacksmith. Barney Cowper, the wheelwright's apprentice. Hypocritical Parson Brown. And Giles Wentworth, the London blood who determines to steal her from his friend Charles, heir to the great estate of Landsdun, who truly loves Lucy (she likewise) despite differences in their stations which make marriage impossible in Georgian England. Charles is, in fact, already engaged to unscrupulous Georgiana Stowe, a connection of George III's. But love will find a way, even to marriage, and Lucy is resourceful in her determination to become a lady of quality, worthy of an Earl, without losing her own strength of character--especially after she is carrying Charles' child and sees what low morals the ""quality"" like Georgiana and Wentworth actually have. She is even prepared to fight her own duels if necessary, first doping Charles so he won't get killed. A charming romp.