A young country miss in a time
propriety and discretion were required of ladies, Clarissa
Lovell thirsts for excitement. She finds it in a challenge
made by the Count of Frethun. The count promises to marry
the woman who can tell him what the “Diligence de Lyon” is.
With barely any clues to guide her, Clarissa disguises
herself as a man and sets off on a quest that will take her
across Europe. On her search to uncover the secrets of the
Diligence de Lyon, Clarissa’s life takes many unexpected and
erotic turns. But if she finds out what the Diligence de
Lyon is, will the Count uphold his promise despite the
rather improper lengths Clarissa goes through to find it?
Anna Austen Leigh takes her rebellious
and somewhat unconventional (for her time) heroine on an
erotic treasure hunt of sorts in The Diligence de Lyon.
At its heart, it’s about Clarissa exploring the freedoms
denied to a woman of her age and station, making the book an
engaging sexual journey. I enjoyed watching Clarissa on her
hunt, in part because she is an intelligent, likeable, brave
character. While the romance takes a back seat to
Clarissa’s adventure, the Count nevertheless remains a
constant presence in the back of the intrepid heroine’s
mind. For his part, the Count of Frethun is an open-minded,
entertaining hero, a worthy object of the heroine’s desire.
Clarissa’s search to find out what the
Diligence de Lyon is leads her into a variety of sexual
encounters with men and woman alike. The scenes seem to be
intended to titillate, and they certainly appear to do so
for Clarissa. Overall, I found The Diligence de Lyon
to be enjoyable and Ms. Leigh’s writing style to be very
appealing. I look forward to reading more of this author’s