by Victoria Alexander
Harry Armstrong has spent years in Egypt, recovering relics and disregarding rules. Now he’s back in England with a new title and a new purpose: penning his exploits. But his efforts are overshadowed by London’s favorite writer about Egypt—a woman they call The Queen of the Desert, of all things. Worse, her stories—serialized in newspapers and reprinted in books—are complete rubbish.
Miss Sidney Honeywell didn’t set out to deceive anyone. It’s not her fault readers assumed her Tales of a Lady Adventurer in Egypt were real! Admitting her inadvertent deception now would destroy her reputation and her livelihood. But when the Earl of Brenton challenges her to travel to Egypt to prove her expertise, accompanied by his dashing, arrogant nephew, what choice does she have but to pack her bags?
With the matchmaking founders of the Lady Travelers Society in tow, Harry is determined to expose Sidney’s secret. But the truth might not be as great a revelation as discovering that love can strike even the most stubborn of hearts.
Historical romances were never my "cup of tea" (see what I did there?) about two years ago - but now, I am happy to say that I am an ecstatic convert to the genre. I enjoy the subtlety, the chivalry, and the rebellion of their heroines - no matter how fictitious the stories (unlike how it probably was...). The Lady Travelers Guide... was truly a breath of fresh air in a genre that I am getting well acquainted with. It provided, along with its romance, a whirlwind of adventure and some mystery. It was quite funny having the side characters join Sidney and Harry. They definitely provided much of the humor and helped move along the story. As for the hero and heroine - what can I say? I am a sucker for the main characters having a secret hiding from the other. Usually the books I read have this going only one way (i.e. the guy is hiding something from the woman), but in this case, we see both hiding something from the other. Hijinks ensue.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to give historical romances a try, and to any already-lovers of historicals who would like some adventure with their romance!