How to Return a Lady’s Slipper (Happy Ever Regency Book 6)


Miss Emma Glass comes to Pierce Byrne, Baron Markham, one freezing evening, carrying her sick daughter, Susan. She has no place to go. Markham offers her a place to stay, as well as a doctor for Susan. He even offers her the position of governess for his ward, Daphne. That was two years ago. Now Markham has asked his best friend, Hugh Lawrence, Duke of Ashaven, to help him solve the mystery behind the murders of Daphne’s parents two years before. They know Lord Amhurst is responsible for the deaths of the doctor and his wife, but they want to know why, and they need solid proof in order to prosecute him for his heinous crime.

“How to Return a Lady’s Slipper” is a loose retelling of Cinderella with some interesting twists thrown in. The plot is brilliantly convoluted and will keep the reader guessing till the very end of the story. The heroine, unfortunately, is hard to like, because she is a quivering mass of weeping nerves throughout the majority of the novel. An overabundance of details makes this tale sluggish in its pace. Emma’s thoughts are too often a repetition of information making parts of the story quite tedious. The other characters, such as Markham and Ash, are very likable and they save the story. Amhurst is the perfect villain; he is evil, with no conscience, and uses lesser men to do his dirty work. A thought-provoking tale, it leaves the reader reeling as the last scenes unfold.

Belinda Wilson