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Finally, she comes upon the perfect solution - she decides to propose marriage to Major David Lancaster, an officer dying from his Waterloo wounds. She will ensure his governess sister, Sally, is taken care of financially, he will be able to pass in peace and Jocelyn will have her independence and her inheritance.
But... her plan backfires big time when David's sister, Sally, who is angry beyond words that Jocelyn has made such an agreement - believing Jocelyn to be an opportunistic rich woman who thinks she can buy people's lives. So, Sally then decides to do everything she can to make sure David lives, including calling in Ian Kinlock, noted surgeon, who actually is successful in operating on David and - Voila! David lives.
Jocelyn is happy David will live, but she doesn't want to be married to him. What follows is the slow development of David's and Jocelyn's relationship throughout the rest of the book. Yes, the book is interesting, but I found both Jocelyn and David to be less than "bright colorful" characters. Rather, Jocelyn, was somewhat naive and totally unrealistic relative to what she thought she wanted - which was the Duke of Candover, contributing to her persona being a bit dull. David, although much to be admired as far as his honor, gentlemanly behavior and his capabilities, was a bit "blah" until toward the end, when he suddenly became more alive.
There's a really neat secondary romance between Sally and Ian. And, Richard Dalton, who is a minor character in this book has his story included in The Diabolical Baron although he's not the baron.
Although, Jocelyn had been educated she had been sheltered in many ways when it comes to male/female relationships. So on one hand she could run an estate and a large household, yet have no idea what passion is. As other reviewers have stated it takes for.....ever to get to the romance portion of this relationship. While I was not expecting explicit sex scenes between the two, I would have liked to see more romantic interaction earlier in the story. As it was written everything happened in the last fourth of the book.
The only thing that held me over was David's sister, Sally's, and his doctor, Ian Kinlock's romance. Once again we had a woman in her 20s with not much experience in the romance department, yet Sally had a bit more gumption to go after what she wanted. I would have loved to have read more of these two. Especially, when she met his family.
In conclusion, it is a light romance with nice virgins and no major bad guys. Something to read when you don't want to have to concentrate to hard.
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Jocelyn seems to have it all; seems being the operative word.Read more