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Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Twelve years, sixteen books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. Her books have won the NEC Reader's Choice Beanpot Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, and RWA's RITA® Award. Since she never won any prizes in math, she takes this as a sign that her decision was also a smart one.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061706353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061706356
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Linden knew from an early age she was a reader, but not a writer. Despite an addiction to Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew, she studied physics and dreamed of being an astronaut. She earned a math degree from Harvard College and then wrote software for a financial services firm, all the while reading everything in sight, but especially romance. Only after she had children, and found herself with only picture books to read, did she begin to make up a story of her own. To her immense surprise, it turned out to be an entire novel--and it was much more fun than writing computer code. Eleven years, fourteen books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. She lives with her family in New England.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By RETSmile on January 30, 2009
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I've read several bland HR books lately so I was surprisingly pleased when I finished this one. Societal rules are no match for the attraction and eventual love that develops between this spy and the free-spirited world-traveled daughter of an Earl. The heroine is bored to tears with the stuffy aristocratic men of London and the hero, a spy who is watching her father and others, is just the man to pique her interest. This is not a story in which I ached for the love between the hero and heroine, but, nevertheless, I enjoyed it from start to finish. The hero and heroine are likable and the story was interesting and unfolds very well - not completely predictable and utterly boring like the last 3 HR books I've struggled to finish. It also covers some of the political challenges of the time if you're interested in that, but it's not enough to detract and interefere with the story if you're not. I recommend this one if you're looking for an enjoyable and worthy new read.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jjmachshev VINE VOICE on June 14, 2009
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I waffled back and forth on Caroline Linden's newest read, "A View to a Kiss". She writes with flow and emotion and her characters become people I want to know. However, I really dislike amazing coincidences that solve problems and this novel had that at the very end.

Mariah is the daughter of an Earl--an Earl who is very highly placed in political circles. After spending several years with her parents on the continent, doing business for the government, they have finally returned to London and Mariah will now have her season and find a husband. The problem is that all the eligible men she meets see her only for her dowry and political connections. Mariah wants a man who will see and love her for herself. Now where to find such a man?

Harry Sinclair is a spy. He works for the Home Office, hoping to eventually raise himself high enough to do political work to help those less fortunate. He's in disguise watching over some highly placed politicos after the Home Office received hints of treason...Mariah's father is one of these. From his first sight of Mariah, Harry is bowled over by her beauty. From their first meeting, on a dark and deserted terrace, he's attracted to her brains and temperment. But Harry is not titled and knows Mariah is so far above his station, seeing her is only a form of self-torture. But neither can seem to let it go.

A great match of hero and heroine. A fairly interesting mystery, but I guessed the 'bad guy' and his methods pretty early on. The relationship between the lead characters was well handled and grew over time rather than in the whole 'love at first sight' thing. My only beef is with the very end, but it really wasn't enough to spoil my enjoyment of the overall story.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andrea W on May 1, 2009
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As the only child of the wealthy Earl of Doncaster and his loving wife, Lady Mariah is very close to her parents. So when at 16, her father became an emissary for the Crown to various European capitals, naturally his wife and daughter traveled with him. Five years later, Mariah finally gets her London Season and so far it isn't what she'd hoped it would be. Not even close. Until the night of her parents' ball and she meets a mysterious stranger on a darkened balcony. He's impertinent and blunt and candid . . . and the most interesting man Mariah has met. She becomes instantly smitten. The only problem is she has no idea what he looks like, only that his name is Harry. And then he starts coming to her bedroom window under the darkness of night uttering the sweetest things . . . and she begins to fall hopelessly in love with him.

Harry Sinclair is a spy for the Home Office and a master of disguises. While taking in some fresh air dressed as the elderly Lord Wroth, Harry meets the object of his instant attraction, the incomparable Lady Mariah. Knowing that a common spy is well beneath the station of an earl's daughter, Harry can't help himself from speaking to her. And even though his current mission could be compromised by doing so, he can't seem to stay away from her. But will his double life full of secrets destroy any slim chance they might have to be together?

I love, love, love the "reverse Cinderella" plot. There's just something so appealing to me of the complexity of a story in which a hero whose social standing isn't high enough or doesn't feel as if he's good enough for the heroine. Harry is just such a hero. I admired him for staying strong while managing his inner struggles and absolutely adored his raw vulnerability regarding Mariah.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harley on November 3, 2011
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This failed for me. It is well written with a decently thought out plot and what starts as a good romance. But a lot of things jarred. The glaring error for me was the possibility of dogs finding a skunk in a london park(For our American readers the skunk is an American mammal). MInus one for this. Although this is a minor error really it brought home the unrealistic nature of it all, a sort of final straw that broke my concentration and made me want to stop there. The young spy who manages to change personality at will and navigates London with ease, even dressed as an old man - despite his lack of lines. The young lady who should be well behaved but none the less receives a man she has never seen, only spoken to briefly in the dark of her terrace, in her bedroom. This rather artificial subterfuge that allows hero and heroine to meet and fall in love - all without her knowing what he looks like - pushed the story into the three star rating. The obviousness of the plots resolution when I skipped page after page hoping our hero would develop a brain and get it over. I wanted to leave this unfinished. I skimmed through to the ridiculously facile denouement. Of course our hero could not be quite as common as we thought. Why bother ? Was this a last minute attempt to bring some believabilty? Trust me, its wasted. Glad that this is not the first of Ms. Linden's books I have read or I might never read another which would be a pity. I know that there are mostly good reviews here so I wonder did that skunk just finish me off......Anyway I left it at three star because I might be a bit unfair about the putative skunk, after all he did not appear in the flesh and was just referred to. Ms. Linden can actually write which is a talent not always to be found in this genre so please do not make this your first of her novels.
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