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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Impress Ink (December 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975919008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975919002
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At 25, Emily Sinclair considers herself a spinster, hence free to pursue her own adventures. But her father and bombastic stepmother have other ideas: she is to be married in one month's time to her stepmother's nephew. Aghast, she agrees to marry with the stipulation that if she finds someone else in the meantime, she can marry him instead. Emily is determined to cram as much adventure as she can into her one month of freedom, and as she sets off in the rain to her good friend's house, she literally runs into a tall, dark, and handsome stranger. Brandon Davenport, viscount Ashwood and confirmed bachelor, can't get over the unconventional sprite who nearly runs him over. Pretty and rude, she sparks his imagination. Neither knows the other's true identity as Emily gets Brandon involved in her escapades, and it takes them longer than the reader to figure out the obvious solution to Emily's problem. Emily's joie de vivre is contagious, and Goodnight's romance is irresistible. Maria Hatton
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From the Publisher

"This debut novel by Alyssa Goodnight is wonderful, filled with laughter and passion. Ms. Goodnight promises to be an author to watch. Don't miss this winner!" Jeanine Birckbichler for Affaire de Coeur

"downright charming... this is really one of the better European Historicals that I have read this year, and I certainly look forward to reading more from this author." Lori Sowell for All About Romance

Ms. Goodnight's novel has all the qualities of a first-rate historical romance: realistic and engaging characters; sweet and sexy romantic encounters; a fast-moving plot; an engaging historical setting and a feel-good ending." Janean Nusz for The Road to Romance

"Alyssa Goodnight has written one of the most elegant stories that I have read in a long time...her words paint a masterpiece." Marta Louise Mozzott for Romance Junkies

More About the Author

I currently live between Houston and Galveston with my husband, two sons, and our adventure dogs, Indiana Jones and Short Round. I do my writing with an ice-cold can of Dr. Pepper and my reading with cake whenever possible. I'm dreaming of the day when I find myself conscripted into a flash mob dance.

My latest novel AUSTENTATIOUS is the story of a sensible girl, a magical journal, and the incorrigible Jane Austen, who, it seems, isn't quite done with romance yet. From Kensington Books. The sequel (of sorts), AUSTENSIBLY ORDINARY, will be out February 2013.


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Customer Reviews

After forcing myself to read about a quarter of this book I have put it aside.
The whole book takes place in a weeks time if you ask me is a bit unrealistic, and there so many added inner dialogs that it becomes boring and drawn out.
Alyssa Goodnight's brilliant character development and witty humor make this a really fun read.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Nusz VINE VOICE on May 26, 2005
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Emily Sinclair is now firmly "on the shelf." At age twenty-five, just having had the momentous birthday, she's now considered a spinster. And, quite frankly, she is very relieved. Since reaching such an advanced age having successfully avoided the trap of marriage to someone she doesn't love, Emily can now get down to the business of living her life. She longs to have a "grand adventure" and is sure that she will, now that she's safe from the matchmaking machinations of her stepmother. After all, even her stepmother has to admit that no one would want to marry a spinster - heiress or not.

Emily is quite surprised to find out that her father has a totally different plan in mind for her - one that does not involve the slightest bit of adventure. Instead, his plan will see her married in one month's time. Even worse that than is the fact that her groom has already been hand-picked by her interfering stepmother. Unless Emily can find a suitable replacement in 30 days, she will be wed to an evil, spendthrift, snake of a man.

Brandon Davenport, Viscount Ashwood, has so far successfully avoided the marriage-minded mammas who have been so intent on throwing their available daughters his way. However, the social scene is beginning to wear a little thin. Brand is sick of the pale, polite, ever-so-proper moneygrubbers. As a self-made man, despite the fact that he had no need for his own money being in line to inherit an earldom as he was, Brand finds the pretentious behaviors of proper society to be very off-putting. Much to his own father's dismay, Brand has decided to retain his bachelor status - without producing the requisite heir. That is, until he meets a red-haired termagant riding in the woods.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marcia R. Graves on December 20, 2004
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It was difficult finding time during the holiday season to read, but once started, I found I couldn't put the book down. The book was fun, exciting, full of intrigue, and had me totally captivated. The development of the characters was very well done, and the unexpected twists nearing the end of the book were suprisingly suspenseful! A must read! I look forward to more novels by this author.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By GK on September 8, 2007
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If a book has an overwhelming amount of 5-stars, I usually dismiss the one or two negative reviews when buying it, but this time I should have paid more attention to them.

I will not rehash the plot, and will only say about the characters that the heroine acted more like a compulsive thirteen-year-old with total lack of judgment than a woman of twenty-five. This was a poorly connected story; the detailed explanations of what people were thinking and feeling-in case the reader was incapable to make her own conclusions-and the slow and convoluted way this tale developed were all lengthy and repetitious. I decided to skip pages to move things along on my own, only to find out that, no matter where I stopped to read, I seemed to be in the same place I'd left off.

I agree with one of the reviewers that some parts were witty and well-written, and I especially agree that Ms. Goodnight needs, without a doubt, a better editor.

I hope Ms. Goodnight does not do what I did and pay attention only to the 5-star reviews; this is just the beginning of her career and we welcome new writers and fresh ideas. I'll be looking for new titles under her name, as many will, too. Simplify, don't underestimate the readers' intelligence, learn to string events in a cohesive manner, live your characters and give them depth and consistency.

In the meantime, I'm rereading my Lisa Kleypas' and my Julia Quinn's.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lynne D. Moore on March 30, 2005
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I really enjoyed this first time novelist's writing. She has a great grasp of character and a real sense of fun. It was very involving and a fast-paced read. Lots of admiration for her strong-willed heroine who defies her upbringing and tosses all sense of decorum out the window to lead her adventurous lifesyle. I would recommend it to anyone interested in a delightful and involving story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mary.t. on October 20, 2012
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As I seem to begin most of my reviews these days, all the ingredients were there in this book. A spinster, opinionated beautiful heroine and a rakish hero. The first part of the book dragged interminably. There was a meeting between the H and h and then she went to tea and OMG I thought I was in another book! The author waffled on about her best friend and her romance and highwaymen and secret assignments.. I got a bit lost. Then finally the hero returned and there were some interesting bits. There was one love scene and it was written well. I think the author has potential and if she could tell the main story without all the meanderings off, it would have been a better book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Reader VINE VOICE on April 26, 2005
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Goodnight has managed to create thoroughly delightful characters and an engaging plot in her first novel. Emily is a true minx of a heroine, a tribute to the secret adventuress in us all. Brand is somewhat bland as a hero in that he doesn't have some obvious outstanding trait. On the other hand, he is, quite simply, thoroughly delicious--the sort of man you'd honestly love to settle down with. His good humor and kindness alone make him a gem of a man--and much more interesting than Colin.

Speaking of Colin, there are two romances here, and for a time, I liked Sophie better than Emily, but that didn't last long. One error on Goodnight's part is letting the secondary romance fall from the reader's attention for too long, losing its important connection to the main romance.

The secondary characters are well conceived as well, with only Emily's father showing a bit of inconsistency. The villain is surmised fairly early, but works very well and pulls much of the plot together, albeit often behind the scenes.

Goodnight's biggest problems are a poor understanding of English grammar and the lack of a good editor. Really, she makes some of the most atrocious grammatical and stylistic errors ("with he and Emily" and "elude" instead of "allude" and vice versa, to name only 3 of the many). Plus, the narrative portions can be overly long and could have benefitted from some judicious editing, preventing them from slowing the book's pace too much. In the first 1/3 or so of the book, long unbroken chapters make it difficult to find a convenient stopping place.

However, these are minor complaints compared to the excellent characters, witty dialogue, engrossing plot, and delicious romance. With more attention to editing, Goodnight may well prove to be one of those "automatic buy" authors.
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