GENTLEMAN JACK meets FINGERSMITH. Livvy is expected to do her duty and marry well to save the family fortune. Pansy is expected to stay in her place and live the meager life of a servant. When Livvy gets engaged and Pansy gets caught dressing as a man, they must decide: are they willing to risk everything for their love?
On the day she saw Pansy again, Olivia Trengrove and her mother had come to the village for no particular reason that she knew of—other than that her mother wanted to see and be seen. Livvy had escaped into the ladies’ shop for a few precious moments alone. Anywhere she could be away from her mother’s constant commentary assessing every man they saw between the ages of eighteen and forty-five for his fitness as a husband for Livvy.
With only a fortnight left before they were to leave for London, Livvy would have preferred to spend her afternoon riding. It was the only thing that gave her pleasure these past few weeks. The New Year usually filled her with hope, but as 1809 had dawned a month earlier, she felt filled instead with weariness and a building anxiety as she prepared for her third Season. Her last chance—her last good chance, at least—to make a decent match. She could not put it off any longer.