Unlike many traditional Regencies, Lady in Disguise is set against the background of a specific historical event - the 1814 visit of Tsar Alexander I to England. Lady Emma Weston, niece and ward of a Russian diplomat and his English wife, arrives in England for her first visit to her homeland since she left at the age of six following the death of her parents. Emma is briefly introduced to Jack Howard, Viscount St. Albans, in a receiving line. Curious about the country of her birth and chafing beneath the restrictions placed on her because of her uncle's position with the Tsar, she is lost in her unhappiness and doesn't notice him. Even though Jack is instantly swept away by her beauty, he is unable to dance with or even to speak with Emma because she is tightly controlled by her family.
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