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A Worthy Attachment [Kindle Edition]

Cassidy Percoco
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Book Description

Mary Highcross had always been perfectly content with her life, to the point that she views marriage as an unnecessary and even undesirable step - especially if it were to a solemn clergyman. But when disaster befalls her family, her opinions may have to change.

A Regency short story of 5,000 words.


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  • File Size: 98 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WKLEUQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more development April 24, 2012
By ireneQ
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This story was brief and mildly entertaining. It is about Mary, who enjoyed her carefree, privileged life so much that she didn't see a need to marry. But when her family's financial status changes overnight, she is sent to work as a companion to her great-aunt Wilson. There she meets Mr Clay, a gentleman she had found awkward and strange the first time she met him, very unlike her usual witty and confident friends...

The family's change in financial circumstances came too suddenly; if they were wont to spend as recklessly as all that, there should have been signs of financial strain long before. That part seemed farcical and forced, like the author had to make something happen so that the story could start to develop in the direction she wished it to go.

I did not like Mary's character, as she is presented as a flighty, spoilt miss. Even after her parents' financial situation forces her to change her lifestyle and contemplate marriage, she doesn't seem to change much. While contemplating the thought that, in her reduced circumstances, she is probably more suitable for a lawyer, banker, or someone who works for a living: "She could not bear the thought of being married to someone who engaged in anything except leisure and perhaps a little light farming..." Although we don't see her complaining about her misfortune (she doesn't lament that she can't attend any balls, or that she has to be at her aunt's beck and call) she isn't shown to really develop as a person, except that "making over one gown had given her a taste for practical sewing".
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4.0 out of 5 stars lovely story April 24, 2012
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A very sweet and enjoyable short story. I liked the characters and would have liked to have read more about them, though the end was satisfying.
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I was quite impressed by this short story and its simple, unpretentious love story. I've been reading a lot of popular, highly successful historical romance lately, and I thought this story compared very well, even surpassing the other big-name author at times. The writing is masterful in its streamlined simplicity, and the level of detail in narration, dialogue, and description struck me as utterly authentic and without any modern romanticization. It was clear to me the author knows her stuff but didn't need to show off nor condescend to her audience's intelligence.

I also appreciated the smooth, undramatic transition into the Highcrosses' financial woes. It doesn't need any more forewarning or set-up after the recounting of their purchases and how they couldn't bear to even have last year's styles in their furniture. They spent so extravagantly, the reader is wondering when reality will hit, and so when the creditors arrive, it brings a pleasant sense of justice.

The only criticism I have is that it seems too short -- I was ready to enjoy a much longer story when I reached the last page. And while the implied conclusion is clear as Mr. Clay relates his prospects and they walk into the house, it might have been more satisfying to see the actual commitment of their relationship -- a romantic climax at any level, more than simply leaning on his arm.

I anticipate much more from the author.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Unworthy Read April 26, 2012
By BCP
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This book left me feeling that I had wasted my time and also left me wondering if maybe I had missed the purpose/reason behind the story.

Maybe because the book is so short there was not time to give us a better feel for the characters or for the story to truly develop.

The characters were just there and I never did get a true 'picture' of them. Very dry, very boring and very forgettable.
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