The Baron and the Bluestocking

G. G.

This story opens with the kind hearted Christian Elliot, Fifth Baron Shrewsbury wanting to start a school for orphaned girls, training them to become weavers. His inspiration came after witnessing a ten-year-old girl serving as a prostitute because she had no better options.  Her tale, along with the example of his friend who started a similar boys' school, propels him into action. Helen Whitcombe, penniless daughter of a deceased vicar, encounters Christian when she becomes the head teacher. Her father’s sudden death and failure to provide for his family makes her an outspoken advocate for women’s rights. The sudden upset in her orderly existence colors her outlook toward the opposite gender.  Helen, unlike the other teachers, does not find the handsome Baron charming. Perhaps, only a tiny bit, but she’ll never admit it!

Christian, while intrigued by the beautiful teacher, often butts heads with her over her unpopular views. He doesn’t expect to be attracted to the fiery feminist, especially since he is in love with his best friend’s wife!

“The Baron and the Bluestocking”  is a classic Regency tale that takes place in England and reminiscent of a Georgette Heyer novel. Although plot is not particularly original, it is still a light and easy romp as polar opposites attract and repeal simultaneously.  The fact the hero continues to lust for his friend’s wife does become very annoying.  And the ending feels a bit rushed, However, for an easy little get-away from reality this book should please most Regency romance fans.

Morgan Wyatt