Spoiler alert!

Annis Wychwood and Oliver Carleton are two of our more mature Heyer characters. For the readers that means we can enjoy watching two honest and articulate people unpick what it takes to give up their comfortable ways of life and walk into the unknown - throwing in their lot with another person.

But where’s the risk really? Annis is beautiful and charming, and Oliver is empathetic and direct (or possibly rude), so we predict a happy future for them travelling the world and only spending time with those sensible enough for Oliver to tolerate (not Miss Farlow then).

We also make time to talk about what might lie ahead for young Lucilla and Ninian, how much sympathy we can dredge up for Maria Farlow, and how Amabel Wychwood is a wise and cunning woman, not to be underestimated.

"The melancholy truth is that however much I may respect a man's good qualities they don't inspire me with a particle of love for him! I shall either marry a man stuffed with bad qualities, or remain a spinster - which is the likeliest fate to befall me!"

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