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Curricle & Chaise [Kindle Edition]

Lizzie Church
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Mrs Thomas Barrington was so inconsiderate as to depart this world without so much as a ‘by your leave’, leaving two daughters to burden their aunts and precious little else to cover their maintenance, their futures looked very uncertain indeed. Of course, it was entirely natural that two young ladies of 19 and 7 would feel bereft at the loss of their mama, but to Miss Lydia and Miss Susan Barrington their change in circumstances demanded a total and somewhat painful adjustment to their whole way of life. With their father less than two years dead and no male relative available to render them assistance it quickly became apparent that they must learn to shift for themselves. Even this might have proved tolerable. After all, Lydia was an independent sort of a girl, more than capable of holding her own against importunate tradesmen, and more than happy to bring her younger sister up on her own. It would not do, however. The state in which Lydia discovered the family affairs made independent existence quite out of the question. In spite of all her best efforts, within a few months of her mama’s death, and scarcely out of full mourning, it became apparent to her that there was nothing to be done but to acknowledge the inevitable and appeal to her relations for help….

It is 1810. Lydia, now penniless, is forced to seek a home with an aunt and uncle who have no interest in her whatsoever. But there are plenty of others with an interest in her – including the handsome but selfish son of the family – her cousin Charles - and two elegant brothers who live nearby. Each, in his own way, poses an intriguing challenge to her. Luckily Lydia is well able to look after herself but she gets into a number of scrapes which almost cost her any chance of happiness before finally managing to sort things out in the end.

This light and amusing Regency romance combines elements of both Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen to provide the ‘feel good’ factor that readers of this genre particularly enjoy.

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About the Author

Lizzie writes for people who love to read, who savour historical detail and rich characterisation and who appreciate elegance of language and a clean, though romantic, plot-line. She writes gentle novels which appeal to a mainly female readership ranging from young teenagers right through to octogenarians and older. Curricle and Chaise was her first novel. It adheres quite closely to those of her role models - Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer - although in her more recent work she has developed a distinctive style of her own. Born and brought up in Yorkshire, and now living on the South coast of England in Weymouth, her work is strongly influenced by the landscapes and atmospheres of both areas. All of her novels are based in the 'broad' Regency years of 1800-1820 and all are meticulously researched.

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  • Language: English
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well, at pennies (or fractions thereof) per page, you certainly get your money's worth here. But about halfway through I found myself looking at the % read all too frequently.

This is slow. Really, really slow. It was slow enough to make me wish I were a speed reader. Instead, I skimmed through many a page. Skimming, BTW, did not make me miss a beat. I know exactly who did what when and frankly, my dears, frequently I didn't really give a you-know-what. This book needed to be pared down in number of pages and the chemistry between H and h (and I am NOT talking sex) needed to be ramped up.

The plot advancement was too leisurely for me and, in spite of there being enough pages to do so, the characters were not as well developed as I like. For example, we are told how adventurous our heroine is but nothing that happens or that she says or does indicated much of this to me. Another thing I couldn't get a handle on was the tepid relationship between the heroine and her sister. That was glossed over. In addition, many a secondary character, such as the unpleasant aunt or cousin, was rather one-dimensional.

The book had its moments, of course. The writing was in imitation of 1800s romances or comedies of errors and was relatively successful in that respect and also in not having much anachronistic language. The problem is that, in attempting to imitate that style of writing, this book has all the faults of those old books (such as lengthy exposition) and few of the real delights (such as subtle, witty humor and entertaining dialogue).
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars --4.5 STARS-- May 22, 2012
By E&M
Format:Kindle Edition
At first, I was hesitant to read this book because I figured that with the book under $2 it would be too short and lack character development. I was pleasantly surprised with this book that is very much reminiscent of Jane Austen.

Miss Lydia Barrington and her young sister, Susan, now must live with their mother's relatives. Susan is sent to live with a childless aunt while Miss Lydia, 19, must live with her unbearable aunt and cousins. Lydia feels the burden of being a poor relative while living there and soon comes to know the neighbors, specially the Churchman family.

If I could I would rate this book 4.5 stars because I wished I could know what some of the characters were thinking at times, specially the hero.

This is a charming story with well developed characters and with some entertaining dialogue.
Well written and clean regency romance, I look forward to future books from this author.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sweet, and all around delightful April 19, 2012
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I was astonished by how much I enjoyed this book. The language is just what I want from a regency romance: long sentences with plenty of clauses, reminiscent of the literary style of the 1790s-1820 without sounding forced. The tone is light, but with a dollop of social insight. Lydia herself is a wonderful heroine, with plenty of spirit and wit without ever coming across as anachronistic or waspish. The plot clips along quickly, but there's plenty of time to enjoy the slow build of relationships and yearning tension.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Reminiscent Of Austen/ Gaskell May 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been reading quite a few "cheapies" on Amazon lately due to a long shuttle commute to work and have been appalled by the quality of these works. They're terribly written, with horrible grammar, anachronisms etc etc. Imagine my delight then on discovering this little gem! This review is especially for grammar and accuracy fiends like me; your head will not explode in outrage while reading this:) It's very nicely written, the sub-plots are cleverly woven in (the presence of sub-plots and interesting secondary characters is another positive - it's not just a silly little one dimensional love story), the heroine is likable to a modern reader without being ridiculously out of place in her time and society. The little snippets of social commentary complement the historical accuracy. This is not a quickie read, it's thoughtful and interesting and most importantly a really sweet story. Two thumbs up to the author!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow, needs more H/h interaction July 10, 2012
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For less than a couple of bucks, I decided to take a chance of this self-published work. The author has talent, and the writing is good, but... A romance needs to be about the hero and the heroine. What we have here mainly focuses on the heroine. Henry Churchman makes his entrance toward the beginning of the book, and is promising. Before we get to know him, his character more fully developed, and the attraction between the two principles more evident, Lydia leaves to live elsewhere. Unfortunately, Henry doesn't appear again until the last 20% of the book! On a few occasions, Lydia thinks of him, but it is not enough to keep any romance, no matter how distant, alive for the reader.

What I liked: Curricle and Chaise is lighthearted, sweet, and fun. Secondary characters are well developed (more than the hero) and are interesting. I found few typos or grammatical errors, thankfully.

What I did not like: The H/h does not spend enough time together, as I mentioned above, and we rarely know what Henry is thinking. Also, the author separates each paragraph by a space, including one line dialog, which I've seen used frequently in fan fiction writing. I suggest she use the traditional method of simply indenting each new paragraph. Spacing is distracting to the story and falsely pads the page count.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars enchanting
I could not seem to put this book down. The story seemed very loosely like Pride and Prejudice, but that is a favorite of mine and may be why I am making the connection. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Mopsalot
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I liked this book, especially the heroine Lydia. I also enjoyed the vicar and his wife. And, of course, the happy ending.
Published 1 month ago by fellings
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed the story. Had to get used to the "English" writing, but still liked it.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done, Ms Church.
Thoroughly enjoyable romp through the lives and times of Regency England. Our heroine, Lydia, recently orphaned and predictably penniless, is thankfully neither a simpering idiot... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Megan Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars It is one bad string of luck after another and then it finally ...
It seems wherever Lydia goes trouble finds her and she can't seem to catch a break. It is one bad string of luck after another and then it finally ends only to throw her upside... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nerdzy
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story.
Very much in the style of Jane Austen, but with updated language and humor. Well written, well researched, well edited. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anna Stein
5.0 out of 5 stars IMHO, she is a worthy successor to Jane Austen
This book is for anyone who has read Austen & wishes for more. It has been a while since I have wished I could stay up to finish a book, but I did with this book and I will read... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cathy Stockdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Just fun
This book was a warm, friendly escape. The style was great, the plot was fun and the characters were entertaining. I liked it so much I bought an electronic copy for my daughter. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Curricle and Chase
This is a slow read for sure...a romantic story regarding two young ladies left alone in the world by the death of both parents. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. Yates
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I found this a very slow and boring book. A real shame
Published 4 months ago by kerryn thomas
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More About the Author

I have been writing stories ever since I was a little girl and I have been fascinated by the Regency ever since my schooldays. To me, it's a period suspended in time - the people close enough for us to identify with their emotions, hopes and fears, but far enough away to inhabit a long-gone world of coaches, candles and country estates. My teens were spent in devouring shelves full of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer and in later life I have spent many happy years in researching the history of the time. Of course, nowadays we have the benefit of the amazing resources provided by the internet but I still have lever-arch files full of useful snippets - from the weather in 1811 to etiquette at dinner - as testimony to the work I did in the 1970s and 80s before the web came to life.

My first novel, 'Curricle and Chaise', is an out and out 'traditional' Regency romance. Set right at the start of the Regency it is full of sunshine and laughter, countryside and sea - a gentle novel which appeals to discerning readers who are interested in period detail and credible characters rather than rollicking adventure. My second, 'The Girl from Red Lion Square' is set a little later, in Regency London, and contains plenty of romance and humour as well as introducing a more serious edge which all my later novels seem to have acquired. I have since written a 'prequel' to 'The Girl from Red Lion Square' which is called 'Mr Forster's Fortune'. Although another 'traditional' and gentle Regency romance it is a novel with some depth which I am hoping the discerning reader will enjoy. The third and final 'Lord Barnham' story - Mr Halliwell's Mission, which revisits the main characters from 'Red Lion Square' at the very end of the Regency, completes what has now evolved into a thoroughly romantic trilogy.

The next novel, 'The Body on the Beach' is altogether different and I'm still not quite sure myself exactly where it came from! If the earlier novels make more than passing nods to Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, this third one is perhaps more reminiscent of Emily Bronte or Thomas Hardy. Perhaps it's because I was born in Yorkshire and now live in Weymouth, and I have taken inspiration from both. But once I'd identified the setting, the characters appeared from nowhere and immediately took on a life of their own. This is a novel which the characters wrote themselves and I can claim very little credit for it. I hope you fall in love with Andrew as much as I have done!

'The Body on the Beach' captivated me so much that I immediately set about writing a sequel to it - 'An Indelicate Situation'. This turned out to be a more 'traditional' Regency romance and this time it was Freddy who really stole my heart - so much so that I had to catch up with him yet again to make the two 'Weymouth' novels into a trilogy, finishing with 'A Devilishly Difficult Decision'. Each one still operates as a stand-alone novel, but I have also put the three together into one volume - 'The Weymouth Trilogy' - which I hope you will appreciate.

Many 'Regency' novels concern only the tiny percentage of people at the very top of the social hierarchy, but, to me, it is the ordinary people - the servants, villagers, sailors and shopkeepers leading sometimes hard and often very much more limited lives than their wealthy compatriots - who are much the more intriguing. My interest in servants and their place in society led me to look into this aspect of Georgian life in more detail and resulted in the novel which I have called 'Not quite a gentleman: A rural Regency romance'. I found the research for this novel to be totally fascinating, and I intend to re-visit the poorer folk at some time in the future. For now, though, I have plans afoot for a more 'traditional' romance based, probably, in London.

I would like to say a huge 'thank you' to everyone who has taken the trouble to download my novels so far, and especially to those of you who have provided such delightful reviews. I always upload each one in some trepidation, as to me, like to many authors, my novels are like my children and I feel most protective of them! It is quite a relief (as well as hugely rewarding) to find that that most of you are enjoying them as much as I would have hoped. You have made my debut into publishing a very exciting and rewarding one for me, and it is the thought that my books bring pleasure to a number of very nice people throughout the world that keeps me motivated to keep on writing more. Thank you very much.

Lizzie Church

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