RAKE'S PROGRESS by Marion Chesney


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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