The Mad Lord’s Daughter-Jane Goodger

The Mad Lord’s Daughter

Jane Goodger

Zebra, Aug 7 2012, $6.99

ISBN: 9781420111521


In 1862 Melissa Atwell lived in isolation with her father the “Mad Lord of Northumberland” until his recent death.  Melissa is stunned as she has no time to grieve her loss since her life as a recluse is over as her guardian her uncle Lord Braddock plans on introducing her to society; expecting his ward will find a proper husband.  Braddock hires Miss Stanhope as Melissa’s chaperone.


He assigns his son John to help Melissa adjust to the Ton.  John is attracted to Melissa and whenever he thinks of her marrying someone beside him he becomes agitated.  Melissa is attracted to John and vows to marry him or no one.  However, both know they can never wed though in love.  At the same her late father’s secret that she is unaware of and he supposedly took to the grave with him begins to surface; if revealed she will return to rustic solitude as The Mad Lord’s Daughter.


This is an enticing Victorian romance starring two fabulous “fools in love”.  The key to the engaging storyline is the secret that “Mad Lord of Northumberland” took to his grave (apparently not) as readers will want to know why Lord Atwill became a single dad hermit in Jane Goodger’s delightful historical romantic romp.


Harriet Klausner


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