The Smile of the Stranger by the late British author Joan Aiken, best known as an award-winning supernatural fantasy author who was awarded an MBE for her contributions to children’s literature, is the 1st novel in the Paget Family Saga series of f/m Regency historical romance with Gothic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.
This was originally published in 1978 by Doubleday, and this reprint is based on the later Warner paperback edition. The series is apparently a hybrid of Regency romance and Gothic suspense, starring various members of a family either encountering or escaping danger even as they uncover various truths of the heart.
This one focuses on the Continent-crossing adventures of an expat Englishwoman fleeing her home in Italy, fending off unwanted advances before reaching the relative safety of her first Season in London, which may turn out to be the most dangerous situation of them all.
Offered in Canada & US only (a different publisher owns the rights elsewhere), available at multiple retailers.