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The English Witch (Trevelyan Family Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Loretta Chase
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"One of the finest and most delightful writers in romance." –Mary Jo Putney

The traditional Regency classic from New York Times bestseller Loretta Chase is back…

A Comedy of Manners…

Her father’s prodigal ways have forced the extremely lovely Alexandra Ashmore into an engagement with a strange man in a strange land: a man blind to the effect her unearthly beauty has on other men, and which has earned her the title "the English Witch"! So when she’s kidnapped by another love-struck suitor, Alexandra assumes she’s truly doomed to a loveless marriage with her captor.

A Villain Redeemed…

But her troubles have only begun—for although she's quickly rescued, her brave 'hero' is the notoriously irresistible, unrepentant scoundrel, Basil Trevelyan, who finds himself quite taken with the tart, spirited Alexandra. So taken, in fact, that he’s determined to make her his own. Now, if he can only charm her into agreeing with his plan!

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Chase has heeded the call and given Basil Trevelyan, the nonvillainous villain of Isabella ( LJ 10/15/87), his own story. After completing three years of exile in India and Greece, Basil is asked by his aunt, Lady Bertram, to rescue goddaughter Alexandra Ashmore from an unwanted marriage to her father's assistant. Her father, Sir Charles Ashmore, is an archaeologist working in Albania. What ensues is a comedy of manners as the beautiful, bewitching Alexandra and handsome Basil behave like Beatrice and Benedick. Their dialogue is witty but not especially zippy, and plot disappears mid-way. Basil deserves better; still, the novel is much better than most of its genre.Paula M. Zieselman, M.L.S., Debevoise & Plimpton, New York
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 405 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Publisher: NYLA (September 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005P2HMK4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid and well-crafted 2nd book from Loretta Chase April 3, 2002
I read this after reading Isabella (which is the prequel, and the first book written by Chase - review to follow). THE ENGLISH WITCH is the story of Basil Trevelyan, cousin of the hero in Isabella and also the villain. Chase does something similar to Mary Balogh in her various "series", in that she redeems the villain in this book. So, be warned if you do not like this kind of plot.
The plot is not largely set in Albania, despite what the blurbs and the reviews say. If you do not like exotic locales, avoid this book, even though the Albanian scenes are relatively small.
This book, like the other early books by Chase, is a traditional Regency, which means no explicit sex (by and large) and the hero and the heroine behaving within the documented constraints of the Regency society. [I am beginning to different traditional Regencies from Regency historicals, by whether the hero and heroine adhere to social norms and customs or whether they act on the extremes of said customs and whether they behave and think like Regency people or 20th century people. Length alone is no longer a good judge, nor is explicit lovemaking]. If you love the Regency historicals by Chase, some of which are very very good, you will find this book and others like it more disappointing.
I was delighted by this book, which is hard to find and out of print (I obtained my copy via inter-branch loan at my public library). I also deeply regret that Walker and Avon no longer publish traditional Regencies, since both companies published some of the best works by Chase and Jo Beverley (and some others no longer writing Regency romances).
Now to the plot - Basil Trevelyan, the villain of ISABELLA, has redeemed himself by hard work and some service of a mysterious kind (perhaps spying) to the Crown.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Typo Nightmare October 29, 2011
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My husband bought me this book after I enjoyed another of Ms Chase's works. I had such a strong reaction to this one he encouraged me to review it.

As others have reported, this is the sequel to Isabella. I found the story a bit hard to follow and a bit hard to believe, but it does have some interesting twists on the usual period romance formula, That is not really the problem.

The Kindle edition I base this review on has so many typos it is very nearly impossible to read. I can only guess it was scanned using some OCR process and never looked at again. Sentences stop in the middle of a thought. Made-up words appear, which if you think about the shape of the letters, suggest a potential replacement which would actually fit ("Parrington" should be "Farrington" and "Thome" should be "Thorne", for instance.) All in all this made it a miserable read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read! Minimal typo problem June 22, 2013
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Just her second book, and already Loretta Chase's marvelous talent convincingly takes the villain from her first book and turns him into the reluctant hero here. And what a delicious rogue he is! The action ranges from his rescue of Arabella in Albania to the ballrooms of London to the English countryside. Yes, some of the action is rather unlikely (and far too complicated to even try to summarize), but LC keeps things moving and the reader enjoys going along for the ride.

This book is the sequel to Isabella, which is good but not great. There are many characters who turn up in both books, so for maximum enjoyment, I recommend reading both in quick succession.

I did not find many typos and no formatting problems, and I'm a stickler about editing. I can only assume that an improved version was posted after the initial Kindle version came on the market.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous June 22, 2001
The sequel to ISABELLA (which was wonderful) is fabulous. The characters are clearly drawn, the dialogue witty and the prose, as always, is beautiful. I couldn't put this book down. Loretta Chase is one of the best writers in print today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Regency February 10, 2013
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This book has a better plot and character development than its previous companion book (Isabella). Basil especially - he's a likeable rogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book but PLEASE! fix the typos January 21, 2015
By Mary
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Also add chapter breaks or at least extra spacing when switching from one scene to another. If Loretta was to read this Kindle version, I'm sure she would cringe. I would fix the errors myself if I could. True, the typos are amusing at times and mysterious at other times. But it is, overall, a crime against such a well written story. Especially when there are missing words that turn good writing into bad. I'm not one to fuss about a few typos, but these were truly egregious. For example, "lb" was twice used for "to", "feet" for "fact", "dilator" for dilatory (which is rather alarming), and I'm pretty sure it's meant to be "point non plus", not "point rum plus". Some words were challenging to figure out, and some others changed the author's meaning entirely, I'm sure. It's odd that this is the second time I've read this book, but I don't remember it being so bad. Ah well, it's been a while. Or maybe it's been sabotaged...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A delicious main man December 7, 2012
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I really enjoyed the main characters, they were well written and really meant for one another. Basil is a rogue and our h is feisty and a good match for him. I loved the way things played out and I enjoyed the crafty way Basil got both of them out of their difficult situation i.e. her betrothal to a man her father had chosen for her. The secondary characters were delightful too.
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Published 20 days ago by Kendra Fischer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
You can't go wrong with Loretta Chase.
Published 2 months ago by Danielle Geisen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good earlier work
An old-fashion story. Loretta Chase is an favorite author and I wanted to read one of her earlier works. I enjoy her humor.
Published 7 months ago by Pamela W. Fraser
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. I like Loretta's books
Good read. I like Loretta's books.
Published 9 months ago by DMW
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Great read! It never drags, is always amusing. Dialog is clever and action is well paced. I highly recommend iy and look forward to reading more of her books.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars If Alfred Hitchcock Wrote a Romance Novel....
More twist and turns than a Hitchcock mystery, a page turner, lovely, funny, but always better on the next page. Very unlike any romance novel I have ever read. Read and Enjoy!
Published 20 months ago by LJG
5.0 out of 5 stars Alas! Alexandra Abducted in Albania and also other Astounding...
Basil is back, having been a prominent, charming, yet devious character in L. Chase 's first Trevelyan Family Series, Isabella. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Barbieheart
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! I'll read--and buy--anything by Loretta Chase.
I'd recommend Loretta's books to anyone who loves witty, intriguing romance. Four stars because it's an early book--she gets even better.
Published on January 28, 2013 by Eve Dew Crook
5.0 out of 5 stars Chase always does it right
I've read her books many times. It's not about the conclusion. It's about the journey there. She keeps you entertained while you're waiting to see what happens next.
Published on January 19, 2013 by Cynthia Drelinger
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not enjoy this book
I was on a real Loretta Chase kick, and read many of her books in a row. This was the one that actually soured me on reading at all for a while. Read more
Published on January 17, 2013 by Clare
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Loretta Chase holds a B.A. from Clark University, where she majored in English and minored unofficially in visual art. Her past lives include clerical, administrative, and part-time teaching at Clark and a Dickensian six-month experience as a meter maid. In the course of moonlighting as a corporate video scriptwriter, she fell under the spell of a producer who lured her into writing novels... and marrying him. The union has resulted in more than a dozen books and a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award.

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