Friday, December 1, 2017

Book Review - The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger by Victoria Alexander

Book Synopsis

She must secure her future

A lady should never be obliged to think of matters financial! But when Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe’s carefree, extravagant lifestyle vanishes with the demise of her husband, her only hope lies in retrieving a family treasure—a Renaissance masterpiece currently in the hands of a cunning art collector in Venice. Thankfully, the Lady Travelers Society has orchestrated a clever plan to get Willie to Europe, leading a tour of mothers and daughters…and one curiously attentive man.

He must reclaim his heritage

Dante Augustus Montague’s one passion has long been his family’s art collection. He’s finally tracked a long-lost painting to the enchanting Lady Bascombe. Convinced that the canvas had been stolen, he will use any means to reclaim his birthright—including deception. But how long before pretend infatuation gives way to genuine desire?

Now they’re rivals for a prize that will change everything

Willie and Dante know they’re playing with fire in the magical moonlit city. Their common quest could compromise them both…or lead them to happily-ever-after.

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My Review

The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger is part of the Lady Travelers Society series.  It tells the story of Lady Wilhelmina ("Willie") Bascombe.  She is a widow who is on a search for a painting belonging to her family.  The painting is now in Venice.  In order to travel to Venice, she has agreed to host a tour for the Lady Travelers Society.  The tour consists of mothers and daughters ... and a dashing man named Dante Montague.  Dante is in search of the same painting, which he believes belongs in the family museum that he curates.

 

Before Willie leaves on the trip, she meets with Poppy, her godmother, and one of the founders of The Lady Travelers Society.  Poppy tells her:  "I must tell you, Wilhelmina, that the most wonderful things in life are often those we least expect" (eBook loc. 187-88).   This novel, and Willie's trip, is full of the unexpected!

 

This is a delightful, fast paced read.  Like The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentleman (reviewed previously at my blog), it is a fun-filled romp.  The reader will join Willie, Dante, and a likable group of secondary characters on a trip across Europe.  There is humor and a bit of adventure, as well as the joy of armchair travels through Paris and Venice of another time.

 

I enjoyed the characters of Willie and Dante.  It was interesting that they both were pretending to be something they weren't initially.  Willie was pretending to be more efficient and well traveled than she actually was, and Dante was pretending to be more dashing and worldly than he was.  This led to some interesting scenes and surprising exchanges between the two.

 

The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger is an engaging, lively read with likeable characters and lovely historical settings.  I enjoyed it, and look forward to my next travels with The Lady Travelers Society.

Author Bio

New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas.

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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and TLC Book Tours.

 

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