Regency times, French spies, a girl dressed up as a boy, a tinge of magic running through the nobility’s veins – who could ask for more?
Lady Truthful, nicknamed Newt by her cousins, is about to go up to London for her very first season. Yet, before she leaves, someone steals the Newington diamond from under her, her father’s and her cousins’ noses! Pushing forward her London trip, Newt descends upon the city in the disguise of a fake French cousin, Henry Chevalier, in order to better accommodate her plan to find and restore the missing jewel to her ancestral home. But the intervention of a Major Harkness, who holds a strange dislike for both women and Frenchmen, and who has a secret of his own, throws a wrench into her plans. With the help of her aunt and her cousins, Newt must navigate both society and the underground world of revenge in order to recover her gem and find her place beside it. This novel, for grades four and up, is a great way to introduce those who love the Victorian era to the regency times. Garth Nix does a fantastic job mimicking Georgette Heyer and some of the more adult romance authors to create an engaging romantic adventure for young readers.