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The Marrying Season (Legend of St. Dwynwen) Mass Market Paperback – April 23, 2013
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Genevieve was not the most likeable character in A Summer Seduction, but she is a heroine with whom I strongly identified because she was shy and felt awkward in social situations. I hope that readers will come to know and like the woman behind the proud, aloof mask Genevieve adopted to cover her nervousness.
And Myles---well, he has always been the man from the trio of heroes whom I personally would have fallen for. Like my husband, he comes from a large family of women, has an easy-going personality, and no matter where you go, he nearly always turns out to be friends with someone there. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This was a satisfying read involving a marriage of convenience turning into something more. While the story has a few bumps in the middle and a rather abrupt ending, the first half of the book made up for its somewhat convoluted resolution. I may be of the minority of readers who like the heroine, Genevieve, more than the hero, Myles, for the fact that Genevieve has a far greater depth of character than the archetypal kind and charming Myles, whose exhibition of a myriad of pig-headed behavior lessened my esteem for him.
The story starts with the wedding of Genevieve's brother, Alec, the Earl of Rawdon(A Summer Seduction), and introduces the familiar cast of characters from the previous books who are heavily involved in this one. Genevieve is known as an ice princess, a cold beauty whose seemingly haughty demeanor and strict adherence to proper behavior leaves only faraway admirers. She is a childhood friend of Sir Myles Thorwood, and their teasing dialogue reveals a friendly relationship that is unlikely to be anything more. However, months later, Genevieve is placed in a scandalous situation, her fiance having cried off, and Myles steps up to offer his name in order to save her reputation. Neither wanted to marry the other, but both are convinced to make the best out of this marriage. Can love possibly enter the equation?
The spark between Genevieve and Myles ignited their passion and sustained the story to a blissful respite until the midpoint, when the question of the culprit who tried to besmirch Genevieve's reputation came up.Read more ›
The heroine, Lady Genevieve Stafford, is intriguing -- she has a low opinion of her looks, believes that past suitors were only interested in her dowry and family lineage, and possesses a quick temper, a sharp tongue and clear-eyed, unromantic view of the ton's social mores. She is forced to marry one of her brother's friends, Sir Myles, due to a disastrous encounter with another man.
Myles is sweet, easygoing, and has been a friend of Genevieve's since she was 13 years old, but finds that Genevieve's relentlessly cool and acerbic outlook may form a barrier to their happiness.
After struggling with several obstacles and becoming romantically involved after the wedding, the novel has a HEA ending -- halfway through the novel!
(POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!)
Then the novel resumes again, and the second half is much weaker and much less romantic. The hero and heroine stop having sex -- after having had a passionately sexual and romantic relationship -- and they don't have sex again for the rest of the book!
There is a secondary plot that was hinted at in the first half of the book that suddenly takes center stage in the second half of the book. Then there is a second HEA ending, on the last page of the book. I was like -- what just happened here? (scratching my head in puzzlement)
It seems to me that the romantic pairing of a young lady and her brother's friend has just about been done to death. The heroine invariably has had a secret infatuation for at least a decade, the hero's perspective shifts completely over a small time frame, and the resulting transition to a real relationship often comes out unconvincingly. Keeping those thoughts in mind, Candace Camp's upcoming novel The Marrying Season caught my interest by having a distinctive twist on the well worn formula. Neither the hero nor the heroine are suffering from an abundance of unrequited love, although the actions of both characters suggest they have some level of unconscious feelings for each other. It is only when the heroine's reputation is damaged that the hero proposes out of a desire to protect her with his name. What follows is a marriage-of-convenience plot that - while not wholly satisfying - includes stretches of affectionate romance interspersed between the predictable bouts of misunderstandings and general unhappiness. The compelling writing is clearly the result of a seasoned author, and the character of the heroine was so engaging that I became desperately involved in wanting her to achieve her happy ending.
The heroine of The Marrying Season struggles quite a bit throughout the novel, and I found it impossible not to have a great deal of empathy for her. To begin with: she had a rather isolated existence growing up, and the only real role model she has in her life is her very traditional grandmother. All of this has resulted in her having mediocre social skills. She hides behind an icy facade of politeness, and - when uncertain - follows her grandmother's lead in doing all that is proper.Read more ›
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Novena To St. Dwynwen
Oh Blessed Saint Dwynwen, you who knew pain and peace, division and reconciliation. Read more
I have always liked Ms. Camp's novels. I'm not sure that this one is her best, but it is a very good read as the third in the trilogy.Published 22 months ago by Shawn