Good stuff by a master. Very funny and a good dose of "black humor" conserning a body that just won't stay put. You like the characters, and would just like to jump in the book and join the fun. Very like a screwball comedy only in Jane Austin dress!
This was one of the funniest books from Barbara I have read thus far. I found myself laughing out loud causing my husband to ask "Whats so funny?", then I had to tell him all about the plot and the missing body which kept getting moved...I wanted to be there to watch all the comedy which was happening to all the individuals involved...Very good plot and of course it ends well as Barbara's book's have a tendency to do...I loved it and am anxiously awaiting the next wonderful book which comes on Kindle....
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After reading a few of this author's books recently, and really enjoying them, I decided to download quite a few more. This one sounded good but I never looked at all the reviews because I relied on the evidence of her other work. It was a mistake. This book was far from romantic and I wouldn't trust the H with a 10 foot pole. Basically the H and h were promised to each other since they were children. Just as the h was coming out, the H takes his latest fling to the opera where the h sees him making out with her and she publicly dumps him at a ball. The H was not at all repentant and says he'd be faithful to her after the vows. Both the H and h were humiliated by the scandal of their break up so the h retires to the country and the H takes a commission and goes to war. Two years later their parents are about to get married and so the h will have to see the H again.
***Spoilers*** The fundamental problem I had with this book is that the H was supposed to have come to his senses about having lost the h but the first thing he does when he gets back from the war is take another mistress. He only decides to break off with the mistress once he is staying with the h and her family just prior to the wedding, but he doesn't actually break it off with her then either. Does this sound like some reformed love inspired H? Certainly not. His behaviour really annoyed me and when his mistress arrives for the wedding because of a mix up, he doesn't get rid of her. The h was jealous, which everyone knew and recognised but did she throw the woman out of her family home? Of course not. The mistress is fawned over by every male and no one looks askance at having such a woman at the wedding. Added to that I never felt that the H redeemed himself or grovelled.Read more ›
I love Barbara Metzger. Her books are uniformly laugh out loud funny and touchingly romantic. In this very funny nineteenth century version of Weekend at Bernie's, a profligate relative seems set on ruining Daffy's mother's fairy tale wedding, as he has successfully ruined just about everything and everyone in his orbit. When he manages to pop off in the middle of haranguing our heroine, Daffy, thus assuring a delay to the wedding, Daffy determines to fix the matter by hiding the body, thus requiring the assistance of our intrepid hero, who needs a task to redeem himself with our heroine. Except the body has a disconcerting habit of not staying in its hiding place, with consequences for several sets of characters, all guaranteed to keep you giggling/smiling or just outright guffawing.