Book Review

‘A Summons to Greystone Hall’ by Perpetua Langley

astgh pl Georgina Marksley is in town for her first season. Lady Marksley has brought her to find a suitable match, but Georgina intends to enjoy the season without a care. After all, she may well decide to marry her fun-loving cousin Edmund. That is, assuming he asks.

On a morning gallop with Edmund down Rotten Row, Georgina nearly bowls over the serious Lord Greystone. Georgina is surprised by his cold reception of Edmund and shocked at his complete snub of herself. Greystone does not even wait to be introduced, before turning his horse and cantering away. Georgina hopes she never encounters the man again.

As much as Georgina would like to avoid the gloomy Lord Greystone, they are thrown together when fever threatens the city. She begins to warm to him, until she discovers that Greystone has been the catalyst of a scandal involving Edmund.

Secrets are revealed and Georgina begins to suspect that neither man is exactly who she thought he was. Then, the mysterious summons to Greystone Hall from the Dowager Countess of Knightsbridge begins arriving on the doorsteps of eligible girls.The summons begins, “My son is in want of a wife” and word around town is that Greystone will propose to one of the guests during the ball on the final evening. Georgina travels to the great estate unsure of her feelings for Greystone, or his for her, and unaware of a scheme afoot that could ruin her.

REVIEW: Georgina Marksley is riding her horse, Juno, much too fast as she races her cousin, Edmund Carrington, in Rotten Row when she nearly collides with another rider. Although the man acknowledges her cousin, he just appears to be quite angry with her. Georgina and Edmund agree that Henry Greystone, the Earl of Knightsbridge, is a rude man. Hoping to never see him again, Georgina is unhappy to learn that the Earl will be attending the same ball that she is to attend that evening. It is to be held at the home of Lord Tennesby whose wife, Lady Tennesby, is the sister of the Earl.

Georgina is the daughter of Lord and Lady Marksley of Marksley Manor. She is in London for her first season, along with her cousin, Ann, Edmund’s sister. A quiet, somewhat plain girl, Ann is content to be inside doing her duties, while Georgina prefers being outdoors.

When Georgina and the Earl are introduced at the ball, he is quite cool to her. Irked at him, she impetuously makes a comment that angers him even more. Ashamed of herself, she vows to be a more sedate person like Ann.

Georgina and Ann are invited by Almack’s patroness, Lady Castlereagh, to be part of a committee to discover why the poorer neighborhoods of London see the fever that begins when warmer weather arrives. Going on what she has seen at her own home and surrounding town, Georgina’s theory is the poor drainage of outhouses from the higher elevation homes ends up seeping down to the lower elevation. She suggests that the drainage in the streets of the lower elevations be cleaned out. Her suggestion is acted upon and the fever seems to be better. As he is so pleased about the outcome, the Prince of Wales, a.k.a., Prinny, plans a ball to which the ladies on the committee are invited. The young ladies enjoy the sumptuous ball and were delighted to be presented to the Prince.

Then, a summons from the Dowager Countess of Greystone Hall is sent to all of the eligible young ladies inviting them to attend a week-long summer party at Greystone Hall. At the end of the week, the Earl will propose to the woman he wishes to marry. This is when the real excitement and fun begins.

This is a totally delightful novel that is clean and stays true to the time period. I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to reading more books by this author.

Connie for b2b


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