RAKE'S PROGRESS by Marion Chesney

RAKE'S PROGRESS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fourth in Chesney's generally amusing Regency series about the household of servants who live downstairs at 67 Clarges Street (A House for the Season, The Miser of Mayfair, Plain Jane), a London Mayfair establishment that's ""reputed to be haunted, damned as unlucky""--and hard to rent even during the Season. This time the servants--primarily Rainbird, the butler--are interested in finding a ""good woman"" for their latest new tenant, the uncommonly handsome and uncommonly rakish Lord Guy Carlton. The ingÉnue here: the stunning Miss Esther Jones--prim, staid, respectable and reputed to be one of the richest women in England--who hates all army men (of which Lord Guy is one) and who with her small charges (a young brother and sister) has lived a life of social isolation. By the night of the wedded bliss, however, the hitherto independent Esther is far from prim--and the taming of the rake has been long underway.

Pub Date: Aug. 17th, 1987
Publisher: St. Martin's