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The Last Deception of Palliser Wentwood

De LA Bere, Imogen;Bere, Imogen De LA

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ISBN 10: 0312203292 / ISBN 13: 9780312203290
Published by St Martins Pr, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A., 1999
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Title: The Last Deception of Palliser Wentwood

Publisher: St Martins Pr, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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A charming Irish rogue, Palliser Wentwood leaves New Zealand and his family to seek his fortune in England, finding a job as a butler and posing as a widower to woo the shy, conventional, and obese Blanche Lovelace, while his wife back home is faced with a suitor of her own. A first novel.


Palliser Wentwood is no Jeeves. Unlike P.G. Wodehouse's exemplary butler, Wentwood neither shimmers silently in and out of rooms nor extricates his master from impossible scrapes. Instead, he drinks his employer's brandy, pays scant attention to his personal hygiene, and performs his duties in a lackadaisical manner--if he performs them at all. But this may be due to the fact that Palliser Wentwood is not really a butler. He is, in fact, something of a rogue--a man who has abandoned his wife and four children in New Zealand and come to England to make his fortune. His plans for doing so involve Hubert Lovelace, a wealthy Anglican priest, and his massive and homely sister, Blanche. By insinuating himself into the Lovelace household, Wentwood hopes, he can work his charms on Blanche and eventually extract enough cash from her to return to New Zealand.

In her first novel, Imogen de la Bere has crafted a wise and charming comedy of manners--and morals. As the narrative switches back and forth between Palliser in England and his wife, Salome, and children in New Zealand, de la Bere raises the stakes by introducing a potential love interest for the abandoned wife--and an inconvenient case of guilty conscience for the scheming Wentwood. This is an old-fashioned novel with old-fashioned pleasures: a slightly formal narrative, complex characters you come to care about, and a strong story that more than earns its satisfying ending. --Margaret Prior

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