THE SHOCKING MISS ANSTEY by Robert Neill

THE SHOCKING MISS ANSTEY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A stylish, British historical, set in the post-Waterloo period, this is a sequel to So Fair a House (1961). It features a demi-rept in the Forever Amber tradition--a spunky harlot with a touch of class, thirst for finery, and a hoyden's morals. Anice Anstey announces herself as London's brightest new courtesan by galloping through the park one Sunday and all the young bucks charge after her. Naval Captain Richard Grant becomes her lover while she plies her trade upward into the posh world, and even though she runs through several rich admirers, she cannot forget him. Scenes follow at London's best restaurants and clubs and at the spa at Bath. At the close, it is discovered that Anice is a child of incest and the half-sister of the widow Grant will marry. However he will also continue to satisfy her sister on the sly--a commodious arrangement of the times if shocking today....Graceful cliches.

Publisher: Doubleday