As the Dowager Marchioness of Bartlebyrne, Sylvie is seen as a respectable and unimposing woman. However, at only thirty-nine, Sylvie is facing a crisis that has her feeling more like a tenderhearted young woman. Sylvie is in deep lust for Mr. Edmund James, the new vicar in town. Edmund is younger than Sylvie and she is ashamed of her feelings for him, fearing he will be repelled by her, or even worse, pity her. Instead, Edmund is head over heels in lust too.
Newly arrived in the village of Byrnham, Edmund James has been pushed out of London by his family in the hope he will reform his very rakish ways. Setting eyes on Sylvie only renews those rakish urges however and he is determined to have her. But is he willing to go the distance when she seems so sure that an affair between them could never work out?
Sylvie and Edmund have a robust, exciting relationship from the get go. The tension that Sylvie feels regarding her feelings towards Edmund and then her shame at those feelings is intense, and from Edmund’s point of view, totally unwarranted. Nonetheless, Samantha Kane makes the situation believable. What woman has not worried a little bit about dating a younger man? It seems to have a rather negative connotation to it in society unfortunately. However, Edmund does his darn best to prove to Sylvie that he wants her and only her, that age is nothing to him. I fell a bit in love with him myself, so it is no wonder Sylvie was unable to resist him. A LADY IN WAITING is elegantly sexual, with plenty of spice and romance to win over any reader! Samantha Kane always makes her stories pure pleasure to read.