Chasehas heeded the call and given Basil Trevelyan, the nonvillainous villain of Isabella ( LJ 10/15/87), his own story. After completing three years of exile in India and Greece, Basilis asked by his aunt, Lady Bertram,to rescue goddaughter Alexandra Ashmore from an unwanted marriageto her father's assistant. Her father, Sir Charles Ashmore,is an archaeologist working in Albania. What ensues isa comedy
But Alexandra's true troubles begin with the arrival of
manners asthe beautiful, bewitching Alexandraand handsome Basil behave like Beatrice and Benedick. Their dialogue is witty but not especially zippy, and plot disappears mid-way. Basil deserves better; still, the novel is much better than most of its genre.Paula M. Zieselman, M.L.S., Debevoise & Plimpton, New York Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Shelfari edited the description of The English Witch Sunday, August 2, 2009.