The Earl's Lady Geologist
The Earl’s Lady Geologist is the first in Alissa Baxter’s The Linfield Ladies series. It features Cassandra Linfield, an amateur geologist who writes papers under a male pen name, and Edward, Lord Rothbury, her cousin by marriage. Cassy happily spends her days digging for fossils along the beach until Edward is sent to fetch her to London for her society début. Once there, Cassy immediately dresses as a man in order to attend a meeting of the Geological Society. She and her cousin James – Edward’s half-brother – are caught by Edward as soon as the meeting is over, and Cassy promises to be on her best behavior for the rest of the season. The very next day, Cassy walks across town unchaperoned to deliver her latest geological paper to her publisher. Edward lives nearby and again catchers her. From there, the plot dissolves into little more than seemingly endless, repetitive detail about Cassy’s day to day life with a ridiculously contrived villainous plot thrown in near the end that was completely pointless and didn’t go anywhere.
As we say in the Midwest after a misstep – ‘Ope’. ‘bsolutely nothing interesting happens after the very beginning but for some reason I found myself continuing to read – and I have no idea why because I didn’t particularly like or care about any of the characters. In fact, I can’t tell you the first thing about Edward, and all I really know about Cassy is that she’s an amateur archaeologist who (of course) doesn’t want to be married – and that’s it. I have no idea what drew Cassy to Edward because he didn’t seem to have much of a personality, and even he didn’t seem to know much about Cassy and wants to marry her because she’s a good listener and he thinks she’d make a good wife. Cassy realizing she loves him came out of nowhere and I was as surprised by it as she was.
The plot is non-existent and Cassy’s being an unofficial archaeologist was more of an attempt to make her interesting rather than an actual part of who she was.
Unfortunately, due to the lack of a plot and my disinterest in any of the characters, I cannot recommend The Earl’s Lady Geologist. I will not be reading more from this series.
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