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The Disadvantaged Gentleman
by Lesley-Anne McLeod

ISBN: 978-1-60174-175-2 ....... Purchase from Amazon.com

Reviews

From Romance Reviews Today:
Besides her masterful portrayals of uncommon characters, Lesley-Anne McLeod excels in creating unique plots. One can always count on her for fresh slants on life in Regency England. At the start of THE DISADVANTAGED GENTLEMAN, Rebecca isn't a terribly likable heroine, but give her time and the magic wrought by a sweet innocent child and she'll grow on you. No such wait is needed for Bennet; he's admirable and lovable right away, even with his reserved demeanor and lack of response to Rebecca's automatic flirtation. Bennet's neighbors play a large part in Rebecca's transformation as well. They are good, honest folk, except for two notable exceptions. But if Rebecca is skilled at anything, it's handling those in need of a set-down. If you aren't a Regency romance reader because you have heard the nasty rumor that they are all alike, rest assured that THE DISADVANTAGED GENTLEMAN -- and any other of Ms. McLeod's masterpieces -- will prove otherwise.
--Jane Bowers

From The Long and The Short of It:
The Disadvantaged Gentleman is a regency romance with a hint of humor and more than its share of witty dialogue.
The opening seems very original - the discovery of a child, followed by an effort to help her. Compassion is an important emotion in this tale. The storyline is immediately intriguing.
This has such wonderful and terrifically 'regency' settings and scenes, it is a great fun to read and I am sure, will be fun to re-read. (Can't wait to start it again!)
-- Snapdragon

From Coffeetime Romance:
This is a truly outstanding Regency. Most of this genre is pleasant enough, but this story has real meat to it. Rebecca has been let down by most everyone tasked to take care of her in her life and thus has become a self-centered and selfish woman. Bennet hides his past but is very philanthropic, with a special affection for small children. Maudie gives Rebecca someone to think of other than herself, and allows her to become the woman she should have been if circumstances had been kinder. The other characters in the story are well developed and very real and the author's description of the setting and time period are excellent. Though the romance between the two main characters is inevitable, it is definitely not an easy one and there is no certainty that everything will work out. I recommend that you read this one to see how it all comes out.
--Maura

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From Myshelf.com:
The Disadvantaged Gentleman is a sensitive, endearing story of loss and redemption. Lesley Ann McLeod has written a wonderful plot, filled with characters that will touch your heart and linger long after the last page. This is one of the best romances I have read this year. The Disadvantaged Gentleman is a real keeper, and one you'll want to read over and over again to experience the true meaning of unselfish love.   
--Linda Morelli  

EXCERPT

"And are you in a hurry, Miss Valence? What destination awaits you? What burdens must you take up?" Mr. Kelmarsh smiled at the child, who ventured a small grimace in return.

Rebecca might have been flattered by his questions had she thought them occasioned by an interest in her, but she knew he was concerned only for the child's future. "I have been traveling, sir, for my own entertainment upon the continent these thirteen months. I am touring my own country a little before returning to my home in Sussex. I have no fixed plan, no one is expecting me, though I might decide to visit my brother and his family."

Mr. Kelmarsh only nodded. He murmured something to the child, and upon her response, seated himself on the window seat at her side. They continued to converse for some minutes, mostly in an undertone Rebecca could not discern. Her temper, never sanguine, began to rise.

Kelmarsh seemed to sense when her vexation was like to erupt, and forestalled her with information from across the room. "Her name is Maudie Fairmile. And, as you say she is difficult to understand. But I believe she has confided that you smell like her mama, Miss Valence." There was a hint of amusement in his deep voice. "It would be much to her benefit if you could delay your journey until we find Maudie's family."

Rebecca hesitated. She was affronted that her heliotrope scent, distilled especially for her by a Swiss perfumier, could be considered to have been approximated by some Shropshire apothecary. With some difficulty, she put the inconsequential aside.

The child was regarding her with beseeching eyes, and the gentleman with a considering gaze. She found she could disappoint neither. She nodded. "I will do that, Mr. Kelmarsh. I hate to see an infant in such distress. I have no experience but surely she is a beautiful child, sir? How could someone abandon her?"

"It cannot be so difficult as we imagine, madam. It is done all the time. The foundling hospitals are always full." The gentleman's voice was grim. "I shall set some enquiries afoot, and question the staff here. It may be something has been overlooked."

"I have not been able, myself, to question any one save the landlord. The child cries bitterly when I leave the room. "

"You have been very kind, Miss Valence. Maudie's family will appreciate it."

Rebecca could not recall the last time she had been praised for kindness. Reviled for harshness, belittled for flirtation, condemned for spitefulness, but never praised for altruism and courtesy. She rather liked the novelty.

"If you will wait here, I will return as soon as I may, with such news as I can glean." Kelmarsh patted the little girl's ginger curls, and exchanged a smile verging on a grin with the child.

To Rebecca he showed no such ease. He left the child's side, and bowed over Rebecca's hand. "I will return, Miss Valence." With the abrupt assurance he was gone.