- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Warner Books (September 1, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446343730
- ISBN-13: 978-0446343732
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kidnap Confusion Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1987
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Miss Tolliver was well pleased with her life at 28. She had a comfortable home near Yorkshire that she shared with her slightly batty Aunt Henrietta and her aunt's pet rooster, Lazarus. She had a comfortable fortune safely invested by brother Charles, who was a dreadful stick in the mud, but reliable where money was concerned.
The Earl of Manseford was the eldest of four brothers. When his third brother, Gillian was sent down from school due to a prank involving a pig, a nightshirt and a nob, he felt he should play the heavy. This led to Gillian trying to think of some way to improve his brother's mood and drawing his younger brother Peter into a madcap scheme to kidnap an actress for his brother.
When the coach they accost is found not to contain an actess but Miss Tolliver, when the coachman shoots Gillian, when Peter comes down with a dreadful fever, when the inn they repair to is descended upon by the Earl, the dowager Countess, and the second eldest brother John as well as Miss Tolliver's brother Charles and the decidedly unwelcome Chuffy Marletonthorpe, all kinds of possibilities open up including a spurious engagement that the parties, all too soon begin to wish was real.
The writing is not overplayed. The plot is outrageous but rarely descends to slapstick. The eccentrics are nicely presented although the aunts Cassandra (a hypochondriac) and Caroline (who thinks tea the cure for all ills) are probably too much of a good thing, this book is head and shoulder above any regency I've read this past year and maybe long.
Run and find a copy and enjoy!
The cast of characters is large but all contribute to the comedic plot of a kidnapping gone wrong leading to an engagement out of duty between Giles, the Earl of Manfield, and the capable, kind, intelligent, and witty Miss Margaret Marie Tolliver, spinster (by choice) of age 27. It is filled with laughter turning to love. The stars of the supporting cast are Miss Tolliver's Aunt Henrietta and her pet rooster Lazaurus. If regency romance novels could receive Oscars, then Aunt Henrietta would win best supporting actress and Lazaurus would win best supporting actor.
This 218 page story, a quick read, reminds me of Ms. Nelson's short story "A Christmas at Wickly" (the Earl's sly and cunning grandmother and the reluctant bride to be) and Georgette Heyer's humorous novels "The Reluctant Widow" (troublesome younger brothers) and "The Talisman Ring" (witty and humor loving heroine taking care of injured/sick relatives of the hero at an inn). It also reminds me a little of Cindy Holbrooks' short story "The Present" (kidnapping resulting in injury, kind humor loving spinster, and a wacky aunt). If you like any of the four above comedy-laced regencies, you will like this one too. If you don't like any of the above then steer clear of this novel.
I really hate to give too much away. So I will say the following. Even after having read my share of the classics (and the not-so-classic, required reading) in college, I find myself still rereading this paper-backed, regency, available-at-Wal-Mart novel. I love it! (As do my mom, sister, and an aunt who've all been pestered or pestered someone else into reading it). I'm still charmed, and my copy is falling apart. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a lighthearted, enjoyable read.