Amanda’s Review – The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger (The Lady Travelers Society #2) by Victoria Alexander

This story is charming, humorous and quite romantic. The author describes quite beautifully their travel destinations and you can see them vividly as if you were there yourself. ~ Amanda, Guilty Pleasures 

Blurb:
She must secure her future

A lady should never be obliged to think of matters financial! But when Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe’s carefree, extravagant lifestyle vanishes with the demise of her husband, her only hope lies in retrieving a family treasure—a Renaissance masterpiece currently in the hands of a cunning art collector in Venice. Thankfully, the Lady Travelers Society has orchestrated a clever plan to get Willie to Europe, leading a tour of mothers and daughters…and one curiously attentive man.

He must reclaim his heritage

Dante Augustus Montague’s one passion has long been his family’s art collection. He’s finally tracked a long-lost painting to the enchanting Lady Bascombe. Convinced that the canvas had been stolen, he will use any means to reclaim his birthright—including deception. But how long before pretend infatuation gives way to genuine desire?

Now they’re rivals for a prize that will change everything

Willie and Dante know they’re playing with fire in the magical moonlit city. Their common quest could compromise them both…or lead them to happily-ever-after.

The Ladies Travelers Society sets off on another grand adventure in book 2, Larceny with a Dangerous Stranger, and it is a delightful read. Victoria Alexander creates a wonderful cast of characters in which the secondary characters play a great part in the story and are just as intriguing as much as the primary characters. Willie Bascombe has been put in charge of hosting a group of mothers and daughters across Europe. However, her true purpose was to go to Venice to reclaim an important renaissance painting that was willed to her by her grandmother. Joining the group as the only male is Dante Montague. He comes along in pursuit of the same painting under the assumption that it rightfully his. Dante and Willie may not know each other’s true purpose but it doesn’t stop them from flirting with one another and falling in love. How can one not find love when one is on a grand adventure?

Lady Willie Bascombe is one a personal journey herself since the death of her husband. She’s left destitute and needs that painting to pay off debt and live a quiet life. With the help of the Travelers Society she studies hard to do an excellent job of hosting these women and their daughters, and with Dante’s help, she does a pretty good job of it. I liked Willie because she grew up from living a life of partying to being responsible for herself for once. She even helped out her younger charges and advised them to find out what they truly wanted and find a way to pursue it. I also loved the banter between Dante and Willie because neither one wanted to be bested by the other.

Dante Montague was a charming gentleman and a good businessman. Retrieving the painting for his family would be the crown jewel for his museum and would do anything to get it back. Unfortunately, his lies of omission would cost him greatly and realization would come too late. Soon both he and Willie will realize that the painting would come between them and possession of it will be at a huge cost for both of them.

This story is charming, humorous and quite romantic. The author describes quite beautifully their travel destinations and you can see them vividly as if you were there yourself. Her writing is crisp and the story flowed well from beginning to end. Victoria Alexander has a way with blending multiple characters and let the story take its course. She is an excellent storyteller and The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger is one of her best. If you are a fan of historical romance you would be amiss to not read one or all of her stories.

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