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The Short and Fascinating Tale of Angelina Whitcombe (Avonimpulse Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – August 14, 2012

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Sabrina Darby has been reading romance novels since the age of seven and learned her best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from them. She currently resides in Southern California with her husband and son.


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  • Series: Avonimpulse Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062230727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062230720
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,625,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sabrina Darby has been reading romance since the age of seven and learned her best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from them. She started writing romance the day after her wedding when she woke up with an idea for a Regency; she's been back in the early 19th century ever since.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Jones on August 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The story of a wounded hero and a fallen woman, who find themselves unable to resist loving each other. This novella is the perfect little bite of romance...beautifully crafted and deeply satisfying.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Letitia on July 31, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
-- A Romantic Book Affairs Review

Rating: C+ ... Heat: Warm

John Martin has a problem. Or so his mother thinks. Mrs. Martin decides to hire someone to seduce him, in order to get his mind back on women and marriage and heirs. Enter Angelina Whitcombe, a recently unemployed actress and currently unprotected mistress.

Angelina leaves London to seduce John, which is not as easy a task as she thought it would be. Angelina sits outside his ruined castle day after day, trying to engage him. From the very first, she never keeps her past a secret. She even goes so far as to boldly proposition him. But John is not so easily won over, so each day she appears at the castle and gradually makes her way inside it and him.

John is trying to adjust after horrors seen at war. He needs the physical activity and intense labor of restoring the castle to keep his mind occupied. The castle, once a refuge, becomes invaded by Angelina. She sweeps in and haunts him. Gets him to open up about events that happened on the battlefield, thus unburdening him some.

The growth between Angelina and John felt stunted at times, however. There was an overall lack of dialogue between the two. It didn't feel like they did so much talking as internalized thinking. It would have helped the story along, deepened their connection, to see them actually communicating instead of reading how they're feeling.

This is a short tale, as the title implies. The plot is a little bit crazy and a lot bit kooky. Which is not at all a bad thing. Angelina was charming, her insecurities made her relatable. John had quiet strength and his reclusiveness was endearing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tin @ Love Saves the World on July 8, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
On the first day, she left him with her name.
On the second day, her story.
On the third day, a touch.
On the fourth day, a kiss.
On the fifth day, her heart.

Every day, they built on the tentative connection, on the very small impression of the first meeting but the seduction isn't one-sided -- as Angelina slowly chips through John's defenses, John also melts Angelina's cynicism with his sincerity and kindness. But even a change of heart cannot change who Angelina is, a whore, a prostitute, a woman completely unsuitable for John.

This novella reminded me of Cinema Paradiso , except the roles were reversed: it is the woman who must prove her constancy to the man (and it didn't take Angelina 100 days to convince John). And Angelina isn't there to show her constancy, she's there to do a job she was hired to do: seduce John and make him interested in women again. All for the sum of one hundred pounds.

In some other play, she'd stay here in his castle, be beloved by him. Love him. Even the word itself made her chest tighten. Plays of love, where all ended well, were not particularly fashionable at the moment. Skewering wit and social commentary, or at least a good tragedy, were far more favored among the populace. Accordingly, her life was more a Sheridan play.

She slid away from him, stretched out, and stared up at the royal blue light of a night about to break into day.

So she loved him. What did she know of love? This was nothing like that first desperate infatuation of her youth, when all she cared about were feelings and dramatic gestures. It was nothing like the sophisticated flirtations and meaningless companionship of her time with either Alverley or Lord Peter.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Dray on August 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This little story might be the best Regency Romance I've read this year. Don't let the adorable back cover copy fool you. This is a serious, heartfelt, emotional story that had me near tears several times. It was as sweet and genuine as the hero himself. And this is to say nothing of the prose. Sabrina Darby writes beautifully. Her language is a delight to read aloud--which I did, at several points. I left this story both moved and grinning ear to ear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Too Short. Other than length the book was really a good read Darby writes well but I felt like there was more that could have been added to the story because it definitely left me feeling like the story was incomplete. She drew you in only to make you feel like you were being left out of the best part of the storyline. Darby it is too bad that this was not a completed story plot. Otherwise I would have enjoyed it more and given a higher rating.
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By Kindle Customer on March 17, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Act One: Enter, front and center, our hero's mother, concerned about his sexuality, hires a
mistress for him--Angelina. Act Two: The seduction and the joining of mind as well as body and heart (love). Act Three: Angelina, realizing she has fallen in love, collecting her fee,rushes back to London not wanting to be a mistress waiting for the axe to fall, when John asked her to stay! Mom confesses everything, John hotfoots to London to confront Angelina and ends up asking her to marry him. The telling of how two broken people find love was well written and moving😊😊😊😊😊
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