The saga of an Austen-era bachelorette puts the lie to Regency delicacy in this fun romantic spoof by Mullany (Dedication). Miss Philomena Wellesley-Clegg distracts herself from her dwindling list of suitors (those still in the running include a wimpy poet and a dandy with a wandering eye) by shopping for bonnets and gossiping with her married best friend. But when her path crosses with Inigo Linsley, her best friend's rascally brother-in-law, Philly warms to him, even if his kisses make her feel very peculiar indeed. When Inigo proposes a sham engagement to ward off her doofy suitors, she agrees—but only until the end of the social season. In turn, Inigo trusts Philly with the secret of his out-of-wedlock son and the friendship of his former lover, an actress. But some ungentlemanly conduct in a carriage sends Philly on the hunt for a more proper man. Mullany's saucy narrator and bubbly tone won't convert many classic Regency fans, but the combination should entice romance readers who'd otherwise sidestep the flurry of petticoats. (Sept.)
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'Mullany is clearly the witty, secret love child of Jane Austen and Lord Byron. How she managed time travel is my only question' -- USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Caskie 'The saga of an Austen-era bachelorette puts the lie to Regency delicacy in this fun romantic spoof' -- Publishers Weekly 'You will find it very difficult to put this book down' -- Janet Aylmer, author of Darcy's Story --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
The he-said, she-said style just didn't work for me. I just couldn't get a grip and gave up quite early. Nice cover, though.Published 5 months ago by AZ Reader
This book was a PG13 Romantic Comedy, so most things were absolutely hilarious, while there were some eye-rolling events (that wouldn't have been missed had they been omitted. Read morePublished 18 months ago by P. Bothwell
I picked this up at the library, hoping I would like it as much as Janet Mullany's "Jane and the Damned." Well surprise I liked this MORE! Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Elizabeth S
I stumbled upon this book when it was mentioned in another review, and I'm so glad to have found it.
Philomena is a delightful 19-year-old whose roots are in Trade. Read more
This novel is a delightful send-up of Regency Romance books. I laughed long and loud at almost every page. Mullany is a wonderful writer with a fabulous sense of humor. Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by D. Salvagin La Deetda Reads
Very cute, easy read! Picked it up on super-sale and I'm glad I did! It pokes fun at historical romances and as described it mixes Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones perfectly!Published on September 16, 2010 by K. Harrington
Wry, humerous little spoof. Had me from the first paragraph. Enjoyed the first person narrative and the manner in which the author moved between the protagonists.Published on June 21, 2010 by sweetsue
Basically, there was just more cons than pros with this book. The story seemed awkward as a few of the situations just didn't seem plausible for the time period and for life in... Read morePublished on April 1, 2010 by Anna M
If you love historical/Regency romance novels, do yourself a favor by giving this a chance. This has to be one of the most hilarious and unique books I've ever read. Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by Mr.Darcy's Mistress