This book had it all from cross-dressers to conspiracies, a cuckolded husband and even a moment where I thought it was curtains for our plucky princesses. I enjoyed it despite the over-the-top plot and modernisms. Princess Luisa is the last princess to get her happily-ever-after and this is quite fitting as she is the rightful ruler of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhoff. Luisa’s lot is to work as secretary for spy-master Philip, the Earl of Somerton.
Author: Juliana Gray
Princess Emilie and her sisters flee their homeland of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhoff to avoid assassination. Their uncle convinces all three to cross-dress as men and places them in the care of loyal gentlemen. Emilie takes on the role of a tutor, Grimsby. Cross-dressing gives her some confidence as she ends up defending a young man in a pub brawl with a chicken leg. The young man in question turns out to be her pupil Freddie and the son of the Duke of Ashland (a Byronic hero if I ever saw one).
Princess Stefanie is having a rough time undercover as Stephen Thomas. While her sister got to play at being a governess, she is forced to work as a law clerk for a distinguished barrister. The biggest advantage of this comes from spending time with the barrister’s dishy nephew, James Lambert, the Marquis of Hatherfield. James sees through Stefanie’s disguise very quickly but their relationship is threatened when he is put on trial for murder.