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Rosamund's Revenge (Zebra Regency Romance) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Regency Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821776428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821776421
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,492,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on May 27, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Other than a few unfortunate typos, I found this to be a very nearly perfect book. It is gorgeously written, with believable characters, an abundance of plot and such realistic descriptions of Yorkshire and Edinburgh that one could almost imagine being there to see the action unfold.

Unhappily, I suspect this book will not receive anything like the success it deserves (based on the above) because it doesn't exactly fall into the necessary guidelines of `what makes a love story a romance novel'. Indeed, it is more like the dashing historical novels of years past.

Who among us hasn't made the mistake of falling in love at the wrong time or with the wrong person? Rosamund Lovelace is but ten-and-six, visiting her aunt in Edinburgh when she first meets Rory Buchanan, then a lieutenant. She throws her soul as well as her heart into this new emotion, and fearing they'll be soon separated, unwisely writes him a passionate letter. Of course, it falls into the wrong hands, and she is mortified by the outcome.

She returns to her family in Yorkshire and he goes off to Portugal. Two years later, they discover each other again, when the now-Captain Buchanan ends up at a neighboring estate that has just been inherited by his commanding officer. During the next six years, they will meet and part, and meet and part, with each of them moving forward and backward as if in a dance.

Of course, there are many other inhabitants of this story: Rosamund's cousin Hero, her two uncles, Anthony and Leonard (Hero's father); Hero's maybe love, Lt. Wemyss, and the other military folk-Captain Macdonald, Colonel Fitzgerald and the villainous Captain Buchan.

It does all end well, finally, or at least mostly so.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hecuba on March 6, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would disagree entirely with the previous reviewer. I found the characters in this book compelling, complex and a lot less stereotypical and cookie-cutterish than most books.

Madeleine Conway has fairly unashamedly borrowed from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, with Beatrice and Benedick appearing as Rory and Rosamund. But this time, we get the backstory explaining how they both come to be so prickly with each other, and a very plausible story it is too.

In addition, Ms Conway writes a mean setting. I really felt transported to the English countryside, and I enjoyed the Edinburgh setting in particular, which felt fresh and very far from the Brigadoon type environments that so many writers use for Scotland. I would recommend this as an above average regency novel, with a lot to offer a reader who is prepared to put in a little work past page 55.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Annie on February 24, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story was almost impossible to read past page 55. I do wish I could read some of these regencies BEFORE they are published!!!! The insurmountable problem in this story is the heroine, Rosamund, is a big jerk. When she was 16, she had a season in Edinburgh and fell in love with an older dashing officer in the military. She made a fool of herself and was consequently being sent away. Before she leaves, she has her maid deliver a love letter begging for rescue from our hero, Lt. Rory Buchanan. I thought Rory handled the situation with tact and kindness. When the letter gets into the hands of the wrong people due to the fact her maid delivered it to the wrong man, she becomes a laughing stock. He comes to say good-bye to her and was so nice!!! He even returned the letter. He felt she was just a young girl in the passion of her first crush and when she grew up would find the man of her dreams. Now 8 years later, he reappears and she is bent on revenge and calls him all sorts of mean names to her family. Why??? She describes him as a "hard-hearted, granite creature. What a block! What a Villain! The seeds of hatred were sown..."He was not a villan - she was so there in lies the problem with the story. Rory deserved better than her and she was not very likeable. There was zero chemistry. The idea that the book is based on the fact that she wants revenge for her hurt feelings when he was sweet to a young girl is just, well, a bad story with no redeeming characteristcs.
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