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The Painted Lady (Signet Regency Romance) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Signet Regency Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451203682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451203687
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,431,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Stunned when the lovely lady he is painting suddenly comes to life on the canvas and talks to him the Duke of Caswell can only conclude that his mind has finally snapped. But when his search for help sends him to Sir Osgood Bannister, the noted brain fever expert and doctor to the king, he ends up in the care of the charming, na?ve Miss Lilyanne Bannister, and his life suddenly takes on a whole new dimension. A frustrated, artistic rake, a lively heroine who knows that life has more to offer than she has experienced, and a sassy, outspoken painting add zing to this traditional Regency, which features witty dialog, a clever plot, and a large helping of humor. Metzger is a popular writer of lively, humorous Regencies (Miss Westlake's Windfall) and lives in Long Island, NY
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About the Author

Barbara Metzger is the author of more than two dozen Regency romances, and the proud recipient of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Regencies. When not writing Regencies or reading them, she paints, gardens, volunteers at the local library, and goes beachcombing on the beautiful Long Island shore with her little dog, Hero. She loves to hear from her readers, care of Signet or through her Web site.

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Customer Reviews

I felt that there were numerous open-ended issues.
Pikakeblue
I read and reread the ones I have, and am always on the lookout for a new one.
Joy of Reading
Metzger is clever and witty, offering great lines and an amusing read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 10, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Duke Kennard "Kasey" Cartland prefers painting portraits to attending the acceptable and winked at events of the Ton though he has had mistresses. However, Kasey realizes that he needs a wife so he can have a male child because his current heir, his younger brother Junior, would gamble away the estate. His choice for a spouse is Lady Phillida Granleigh, who thinks his painting is childhood dabbling.
However, his latest portrait of a phantom lover talks to Kasey. Feeling he is losing his mind, Kasey visits Sir Osgood Bannister, known for helping the Ton with their ailments. There Kasey meets Osgood's niece Lilyanne, who believes that the artistic aristocrat has seen a vision that wants to assist him in reconciling his secret life with his patrician life. As Lilyanne and a reluctant Kasey begin to fall in love, the weird other dimensional matchmaker continues to bring them together.
THE PAINTED LADY is a well-written, amusing, but weird and different Regency romance. The story line is fun as the two lead characters struggle with their growing feelings for one another. However, what makes Barbara Metzger's novel distinct is the humorous lady in the portrait who serves as a matchmaking psychologist forcing the male protagonist to take a close look at his desires.

Harriet Klausner
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Edith Layton Felber on July 10, 2001
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This is Metzger at her very best. Witty, warm, and very funny, with charming characters in an original and captivating story. She pushes the Regency envelope while at the same time hewing to the best of the Regency genre with clever dialogue in a bright and breezy plot - which I won't spoil for you by describing too closely. But there's a handsome hero with a strange obsession, a beleaguered heroine with a growing obsession for him in spite of her best resolves, and a mysterious painted lady with pointed and perceptive commentary and.. Oh - read it for yourself! And then reread it. This one's a winner and a oner.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on July 17, 2001
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Ever wondered what Galatea would have said to Pygmalion before she came to life, especially if she also possessed a sharp wit and a caustic tongue to boot?
Kennard Cartland, the Duke of Casewell, is very much a man of the ton. He's rich, good looking, a responsible duke, and has a reputation of being a very generous and excellent lover. He also has a deep, dark secret. He is a brilliant artist. Each night, he repairs to his house in Lonsdale Street, where he spends the night (after having indulged with the lady of the night, literally) painting nudes. One night, instead of painting his latest conquest, he creates a beautiful woman out of his imagination. In fact, she's so beautiful and perfect that he even finds himself drooling over her, for all that she's a figment of his imagination. So you can well imagine his shock when the lady in the painting starts talking to him and upbraiding him for everything from his many self indulgences, his casual use of women, and the cold manner in which he has chosen his future wife. The duke is fit to be tied -- could he be losing his mind?
Afraid that this may be the case, he repairs promptly to the estate of a Dr. Bannister, who had at one time been King George III's physician. Dr. Bannister now runs a sort of sanitarium where the aristocracy send their difficult and wayward daughters and wives. Bannister is keen to take on the duke's case. However the duke soon finds that if the good doctor cannot cure him, Bannister's regime of boiled food and rigorous exercise and knitting, will soon drive the duke quite daft from boredom. Everything the duke takes pleasure in (reading, good food, painting, & conversation) seems to be on the doctor's forbidden list. Indeed the only bright spot in this very grim landscape seems to be Bannister's niece, Lilyanne.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen on October 8, 2012
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This starts out as being wildly improbable. The hero is a painter and one of his creations starts talking to him. At first it seemed shallow compared to most Regencies. But, it sort of grew on me. I gave it three stars, which means a good read but not a book I'm likely to keep or re-read. It's good for an afternoon's reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Affaire de Coeur on July 28, 2001
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Dukes did not paint, or did they? For Kennard (Kasey) Cartland, Duke of Caswell, painting was not merely a hobby, but a way of life. He would collect models as he would have collected priceless art objects, but there was a woman in his life who didn't consider herself an object at all. Miss Lilyanne Bannister dreamed of wearing finery and enjoying a London Season like many of her contemporaries. She had to put those dreams on hold when her parents were killed and she was placed in the care of a stern uncle. Could the images Kasey painted of bright scenes brighten Lilyanne's life? Barbara Metzger handles the give and take of a relationship deftly. Like the brilliant colors of Kasey's palette, this story also has its brilliance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lark on August 25, 2014
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One thing about it, Barbara Metzger never serves up tired tropes or hackneyed phrases. Now we have a talking painting!

This wasn't teeming with witty banter, but the humor was there throughout and I liked the story.

I was bemused by some negative reviews complaining of the fanciful element of a talking picture. Well, I say that if you carefully read the story, that element is perfectly explained. Same thing for those complaining of loose ends and people/events not explained. They were, in fact, all tied and explained. But we have to read the story. We can't skim or breeze through a Metzger story. She'll throw us a curve every time if we do.

Yes, the ending came upon us quickly as they do in most Metzger novels I've read. I've learned to accept it as part of Metzger's charm. lol I'm just not about to let that deprive me of sensational writing in the other 99.9%. Besides, some of those abrupt endings are hilarious! One had me laughing for days.

Enjoy your reading! :)
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