Review: The Runaway Debutante by Elizabeth Chater




Matilda’s father loses everything in a gambling debt, including her, but she courageously flees for her freedom, becoming the personal chef and the delight of Major Bruce. As their love grows for each other, Matilda’s past comes back to haunt her.

This is more of a short story, or novella, to me.  With only 145 pages, the author doesn’t include enough detail to help the reader understand the revolution happening in Scotland or the reasons behind the horrible person Lord Tark is and the reason why he is in a hurry to marry and produce an heir (although the writer alludes to one reason being his age).  While the overall premise of a young girl falling in love with a knight in shining armor is cute, I did feel there was something missing.  Again, I think this has a lot to do with the gaps in the books because of the lack of adequate pages to explain a Historical story.  There were a few typos, but the reader could still understand the overall story.  While the story wasn’t a huge hit for me, I was most intrigued by the author and her life.  From my understanding, her family is reissuing her stories and I’d find it quite amazing if they all chose to write a story about this wonderful matriarch in their family :)
*I won this book through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest opinion.

About the Author

Elizabeth Chater was the author of more than 24 novels and countless short stories. She received a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and an M.A. from San Diego State University, and joined the faculty of the latter in 1963 where she began a lifelong friendship with science fiction author Greg Bear. She was honored with The Distinguished Teacher award in 1969, and was awarded Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1977. After receiving her Professor Emeritus certificate from President John F. Kennedy personally, she embarked on a new career as a novelist with Richard Curtis as her agent. In the 1950s and 60s she published short stories in Fantastic Universe Magazine and The Saint Mystery Magazine, and she won the Publisher’s Weekly short story contest in 1975. She went on to publish 22 romance novels over an 8 year period. She also wrote under the pen names Lee Chater, Lee Chaytor, and Lisa Moore. For more information, please visit