Lydia Lovelace has taken the housekeeper’s post in the London home of Captain Dylan Powell. The captain is short on charm, but he’s known for his rapport with, and support of, former soldiers trying to make a peacetime life. Unbeknownst to Dylan, Lydia is searching for a brother who never came home after Waterloo, a brother whose birthright, along with Lydia’s settlements, is being frittered away by scheming family members.
Dylan has never viewed his home as much more than a place to take meals and sleep out of the wet while he finds good positions for his former subordinates. The new housekeeper is changing all of that, bringing comfort and tranquility to Dylan’s domicile and to his days. When Dylan and Lydia begin to explore pleasures shared in the night, Lydia realizes she will have to choose between loyalty to her long-lost brother and a future with the captain who has stolen her heart.
Lady Lydia Lovelace goes undercover as a housekeeper for Captain Dylan Powell to ferret out the whereabouts of her missing brother, Lord Marcus Tremont, a man who does not want to be found. Captain Powell believes it is his mission in life to take care of the men who served with him in the fight against France, feeding, clothing and employing them when necessary. As Lydia and Dylan become more than employer/employee, she realizes that her deceit about who she is and why she is in London will force a wedge between them. Unraveling the reason why Marcus is on the run will test Dylan and Lydia’s commitment to the truth and to each other. Ms. Burrowes writes beautiful stories that are always unpredictable, taking the reader off in unexpected directions, and to an HEA which is always satisfyingly beautiful. There are no overused tropes to be found in Ms. Burrowes’ stories, only witty prose, period appropriate morals and language, and a delightful and dazzling story to lose oneself in of a day. I highly recommend Miss Dignified. This book was provided by the author without any requirement for a review, positive or otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own.