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The Celebrated Pedestrian

by Suzanne Allain

Rated: None

Miss Faith Wentworth is experiencing her first season in society, accompanied by a chaperon hired by her father. She has generally tried to avoid letting anyone (especially potential suitors) know who exactly her father is: a man famous for his walking and other athletic exploits. But as the season has worn on, and she’s dealt with the rather annoying and pushy Mrs. Tibbet, Faith has had little attention from gentlemen, so one evening, when one asks her if she is related to Captain Richard Standham Wentworth, she just gives in and says yes.

Unfortunately, Sir Anthony Burke is a huge fan of Faith’s father, and Faith ends up getting more attention from Sir Anthony than she would like, since it’s all enthusiastic talk and questions about her father and athletic training. Even so, she ends up at a house party at Sir Anthony’s, along with her father; her younger sister, Charity (who prefers to be called Cherry), and a number of other guests.

Faith is simply hoping not to end up having to marry Sir Anthony, but she does find she adores his mother, Lady Burke. And she has the opportunity to meet some other young women she enjoys befriending, as well as the handsome Lord Frederick Brand.

Having grown up in a household of men, and without a mother, Faith is unsure of herself in society and particularly unsure of how to interpret Lord Frederick’s attentions. She also feels the need to make sure her younger sister behaves more like a lady than the sportswoman she’d prefer to be. So the six weeks at the Burke estate are an interesting challenge for Faith as she figures out who she is and how others relate to her, especially when it comes to love.

The Celebrated Pedestrian is an entertaining and light read that fits well into the Regency romance genre. The story includes several romances, so it doesn’t quite do them all justice in the short space of the book, but it’s enjoyable, and clean.

Rated: None. There is one use of mild language and a discreet reference to married sex.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • The Celebrated Pedestrian
  • by Suzanne Allain
  • Rated: None
  • Genre: Fiction
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