Lady Mary’s Dangerous Encounter is a well-rounded, well-written romantic mystery. There are many plot twists and well-placed intrigue.
Lady Mary Beresford is young and impetuous; she rashly leaves London to embark on an adventure to Vienna to visit her sister. Mary journeys by herself, vulnerable and unprepared. Lord Stephen Stanhope is tasked with the unenviable job of finding Mary and bring her safely to Vienna. All these plans falter when the travelers are stranded at an inn in the Alps. A missing person/who done it story begins.
Stephen and Mary’s characters are strong-willed; they were disagreeable to the reader at times. The couple seemed shallow and privileged, yet their pure hearts and sense of justice made up for the deficiencies. The attraction between the couple is one-sided for the majority of the book. It was love at first sight for one character. However, the other character slowly developed the attraction. The couple’s mixed signals were distracting. The couple had a genuine attachment for each other that built into a passionate, satisfying love story.
The plot did not ebb and flow as well as I wanted; it was choppy. However, the solution to the mystery was kept secret until the finale. The plot was engaging and interesting. Lady Mary’s Dangerous Adventure is the first book in the Beresford Adventures series. The novel was a good beginning; it started with trepidation but gained sufficient momentum by the conclusion. The story flourished beginning at the halfway point. There needs to be a fusion between the mystery and the romance. Overall the novel is a solid foundation to a series that will flourish and grow in continuity and finesse. This was a different, fresh story that embarks on a journey with an intriguing family.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.