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The Sandalwood Princess Paperback – November, 1991

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After a number of years keeping house for her brother in India, Amanda Cavencourt has decided to return to her native England. She receives a sandalwood fertility carving as a going-away gift from Rani Simhi, a notorious Indian princess she has befriended. Amanda soon learns that this carving is coveted by the powerful Lord Headgrave, who bears a grudge against Rani Simhi. Headgrave hires a mysterious, infamous thief named "the Falcon" to steal the carving from her. Although the Falcon is successful, clever Amanda manages to find a way to get it back--and steals the Falcon's heart in the bargain. Not quite a Regency, this romance is just a little too melodramatic, and is recommended only for hardcore romance readers.
- Leslie A. Bleil, Western Michigan Univ. Libs., Kalamazoo
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); Reprint edition (November 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380714558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380714551
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,046,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Loretta Chase holds a B.A. from Clark University, where she majored in English and minored unofficially in visual art. Her past lives include clerical, administrative, and part-time teaching at Clark and a Dickensian six-month experience as a meter maid. In the course of moonlighting as a corporate video scriptwriter, she fell under the spell of a producer who lured her into writing novels... and marrying him. The union has resulted in more than a dozen books and a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
In only 220 odd pages, Loretta Chase has managed to convey the complexities of plot and emotion and characterization that are typical of a 400 page historical. Quite a feat. When I put the book down, I had to read it again. Amanda Cavencourt, at 26, seems awfully naive and trusting, but she has reason to be. And she isn't *really* like that--how else does she manage to steal the Sandalwood Princess from an accomplished thief like the Falcon? And Brentick, who really is--well, I'll let you figure it out. In any case, he is a wonderful hero. Go out and find this book along with all of Chase's regencies. They are hard to find but definitely worth the hunt.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jane VINE VOICE on February 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read this book a year ago, but did not get around to posting the review until now. I may have rated this a little lower than it deserved, because I was looking for romance and passion. At the time, I was disappointed that this was more women's fiction than a romance novel. Some of my thoughts about the story follow.

I laughed when Falcon became Amanda's butler for five months. I enjoyed how she said she'd never find someone able to translate and work as her assistant. Then Falcon sighs, picks up a book and begins translating it into English. She says "Oh". So he becomes her secretary as well as butler. I was intrigued when he kissed her as he stole it again and how she and Padji got it again in hotel. I enjoyed confessions at the end. I was not pleased with Rani. I did not believe that she was as all powerful in India. She knew about the Falcon and alsmost everyone else. She placed a curse on her early lover who left her. She received a statue from a goddess. This was all a little too unbelievable for me.

DATA:
Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: none. Setting: India and England. Copyright: 1990. Genre: historical women's fiction.

OTHER BOOKS:
For a list of my reviews of other Loretta Chase books, see my 5 star review of "Lord of Scoundrels" posted 2-19-08.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kotori on May 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Having spent many years living in India away from her native England, Amanda Cavencourt is finally on her way home. A fairwell visit to a powerful Indian Princess gifts her with a precious wooden statue "The Sandalwood Princess" which is reputed to confer joy & fertility upon the bearer.

This idol is also desperately desired by a gentleman who enlists the help of an unofficial goverment spy to retrieve it. The notorious agent enlisted is known as "Falcon", and quickly wrests the statue away from Amanda.

When they both find themselves aboard the same England bound boat Amanda begins to plot to retreive the statue, and Falcon to guard it. Matters are greatly complicated by the illness and ensuing infatuation of the Falcon's aide with Amanda's handy maid Bella. Falcon himself is not proof to our ladies charm.

With much plots and conspiring, Falcon soon follows Amanda to her manor and with a tale of conspiracy & confusing a few identities, makes himself a job as her butler, and makes inroads on her heart..

Also travelling with Amanda is an unlooked for Indian servant - Padji. For tangled reasons he continues with her, and attempts to guard her against the notorious Falcon.

The story ends up back in India with a convincing twist of plot & is throughly delightful all the way.

Padji is a joy with hilarious utterly servile utterances & ridiculously elaborate forms of address. One suspects they are more suited to the Arabic forms of courtesy than the Indian, but are very enjoyable nonetheless.

Ms Chase has concocted a delightful froth and whipped it to perfection, allowing the reader to enjoy from the first page to the last.

I sighed a tear or two and my heart clenched in places, with the perfection of the discriptions and poignant plots.

Great reading - up their with Chase's other bests, like The English Witch, or the Devils Delilah.

kotori ojadis@yahoo.com
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
One of Lorettan Chase's best! I loved this book. The charaters Amanda and Philip are great together. It may be only about 200 pages but it's still great and keeps you enthralled with the story and charaters! I recomend this book to anyone who enjoys a great romance!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dreamweaver25 on September 27, 2003
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These characters were so complex and interesting I felt like I knew them! Loretta Chase did an excellent job of keeping them separated, even though they spent months together - all based in appropriate period behavior - I was yearning right along with Amanda! This book didn't have much of the humor I enjoyed in her later books but this one was engrossing just the same. Don't miss! (Anyone know what happened with this author? Is she still writing?)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa D. on February 6, 2013
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I throughly enjoyed this novel. It was a refreshing change from the typical regency novel. Probably 3/4ths of the story unfolds in India or on a boat. The heroine, Amanda Cavencourt is not your typical fauning heroine. She enjoys living in India and spending time with her mentor, Rani Simhi. Rani Simhi is a beautiful and powerful woman scorned. Rani delights in spinning tails about men & love, and exerting her influence over others. She gives Ms. Cavendish a figurine, the sandal wood princes. Enter the illusive and mysterious Falcon, an infamous thief renowned in India who has never been caught. He is after the treasure and the adventure begins.

The descriptions of the setting were interesting and different. The adventuresome quality kept the pages turning and the romantic tension experienced by the hero and heroine had me rooting for the couple to overcome their differences and experience "happily ever after." I think my favorite quality of the book was its feminist tone. The romance is pg-13 and just enough. There were some minor editing issues with the kindle version, but it was still well worth the read! Highly recommended.
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