Anne Gracie: His Captive Lady

Harry Morant is the illegitimate son of a nobleman who recently inherited some money and who plans to breed horses on his newly acquired estate. He falls in love with Lady Helen Freymore, the daughter of the former owner of his new home. But Lady Helen has a secret that keeps her from trusting him...

This was an enjoyable book, but nothing more. The history is fairly wallpaperish, seeing as, for example, Harry forces Nell (Lady Helen) into a clandestine meeting with him in the famous Bath pump rooms and then, when they disagree about something, he grabs her, throws her over his shoulder, and carries her away. Nobody stops him. Later on, they share a bed every night, in Harry's aunt's house - the aunt knows it, Harry's friend knows it, and nobody criticizes it. And the book is set in 1817! Still, the characters are nice enough and not too horribly stupid. This is a "good" book (Grade B)