This request comes from Jane, who is seeking what she thinks is an older traditional Regency:
I am usually a pretty good web searcher, but I can't seem to come up with the right collection of terms to find this traditional (no sex) Regency:
The older sister was stuck at home caring for an elderly, cranky uncle until he died. The younger brother whooped it up in town. Uncle FINALLY died, the family gathered more for the will than to mourn. Sister became, by the terms of the will, the roadblock to her brother's and cousins' ambitions as well as a decently endowed heiress.
The tale takes place in the country in winter; we have the requisite beastly storm.
Our Heroine escapes inept attempts on her life, a valuable triptych disappears, brother's near-sightsighted bride arrives and is appalled to discover that Dear Uncle was a knight, not a baronet, so she will not be Lady Whatever as she had anticipated.
Brother (the clunch) decides he will use his bride's considerable dowry to purchase the house left to his sister.
The main action takes place in the library, because fires must be kept up to keep the books from damp, so it is the one decently warm room in the entire house, which was in some disrepair as I recall.
There is a French-Canadian groom/servant attached to Our Hero, who is, of course, endowed with looks, intelligence, humour, wit and discretion; he is quite likable despite that.
I have visions of a Signet Regency cover in mind, but I am not certain.
Does anyone remember this book, fondly or otherwise? I would get a huge kick out of re-reading it if anyone can HaBO.
Do you recall this book? The heroine's brother sounds like a complete tool. I hope he gets some serious assing in the end of the book.