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This is a charming Regency. The brothers Coldwell are both struggling to reacquaint themselves not only with family, but just who they are and what direction to take with their lives, post war. Though neither is excited by their elder sister’s machinations for matrimony, the inevitable happens and they are besotted and yes, confused by hopes, doubts and possibilities. But after a declaration of one of the misses that she could never consider the elder, the brothers hatch a plan that makes their sister’s look tame. The farce that follows is amusing yet handled with care.
Normally stories of twins exchanging identities makes me cringe but Mr. Wilkin pulls it off with the feel of a Shakespearean comedy laced with enough reality to prevent it from becoming too ridiculous. He deftly uses the truth of scars unseen and facts of life at the time to balance the humor and what could have been cruelty on the part of the brothers. The ladies, not to be outdone, plot a counter attack that even Wellington could never have imagined. Beatrice and Benedict would have danced at the weddings in perfect charity.
I love stories that contain more than one romance. That family and friends - the kind we all want to be and have - do not live their life in an isolated story line used to translate well to the written tale. It is a fact of modern fiction that we expect One Great Hero and One Awesome Heroine per story with nods to the secondary characters that might have their own book, later, if sales are good. I’m not sure if that’s due to reader preference or the fear of writers and publishers. Either way, I am always delighted to find an author willing to flesh out a well crafted story of more than one couple, especially when they make me laugh!Read more ›
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This book was a delight. Following in the footsteps of the genre mastered by Jane Austen, this story told a convoluted tale of romance as twin brothers pursued the ladies they wished to wed. Using their identical looks as tools in their wooing of the reluctant ladies, the brothers switch roles, playing each other, setting the ladies up and using their trick to help win them over. Many twists and turns later the book ended with a satisfying journey well ended. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Jane Austen's wonderful stories.
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Award winning author, Mr. Wilkin is a graduate in history. He has been writing in various genres for thirty years. Extensive study of premodern civilizations, including years as a re-enactor of medieval, renaissance and regency times has given Mr. Wilkin an insight into such antiquated cultures.
Trained in fighting forms as well as his background in history lends his fantasy work to encompass mores beyond simple hero quests to add the depth of the world and political forms to his tales.
Throughout his involvement with various periods of long ago days, he has also learned the dances of those times. Not only becoming proficient at them but also teaching thousands how to do them as well.
Mr. Wilkin regularly posts about Regency history at his blog, and as a member of English Historical Fiction Authors. You can read that blog at http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/ His very first article was published while in college, and though that magazine is defunct, he still waits patiently for the few dollars the publisher owes him for the piece.
Mr. Wilkin is also the author of several regency romances, and including a sequel to the epic Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. His recent work, Beggars Can't Be Choosier has won the prestigious Outstanding Historical Romance award from Romance Reviews Magazine.