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An Accomplished Woman Hardcover – April 14, 2009
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Lydia Templeton is a rare woman who eschews convention and declares herself content, even joyful in her unmarried state. After all, she is an accomplished Regency woman approaching 30 who values knowledge and accomplishment. There is no man she wishes to attach herself to after declining her neighbor, the extremely eligible Mr. Durrant, who remains a good friend to her father. Her complacent life is thrown into an uproar when her beloved godmother asks her to accompany her ward, Phoebe Rae, to Bath in pursuit of a marriage match. While in Bath, Lydia forms strong opinions regarding Phoebe’s suitors. Mr. Durrant, who has come to Bath in pursuit of his own marriage, disagrees, and to Lydia’s surprise, nothing goes according to plan. Morgan captures the tone, style, and content of a Jane Austen novel while introducing her own delightful characters, which are sure to please Austenophiles. --Patty Engelmann
Many struggle and fail to don the mantle of Georgette Heyer. If anyone comes close, it is Jude Morgan' -- Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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If you like Regency era historical fiction, you'll enjoy this book tremendously. I truly do love the characters in this novel, particularly Lydia, the protagonist and narrator. She is everything I admire in a Regency heroine, and her self-effacing manner and dry wit is charming. I found myself laughing throughout the entire book, which brought an onslaught of stares, but I didn't care because I was so absorbed in the story.
In short, read this!