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- Publisher: Orson Whitney Press (November 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2013
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- Language: English
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The Baron and The Bluestocking (Six Rogues and Their Ladies Book 6) Kindle Edition
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The bad: There are numerous typographical errors that a good editing could have fixed. That kind of thing always makes for tiresome reading. In addition, Mary Wollstonecraft's name is misspelled. This might not have been such a problem if her name had only appeared once or twice (and one could believe that it was just a simple typo), but the woman's name is sprinkled throughout the novel liberally because Helene is constantly being compared to her or admiring her. To write a "historical" novel and misspell the name of a prominent historical figure makes one question the writer's research, if there was any. While the character's motivations are realistic, some of their situations are not. It's difficult to believe that Christian would be shocked that everyone assumed he was courting Virginia--during this period, a man's marked attentions to a woman usually meant courtship. Helene's outspokenness is refreshing but also would have been unladylike for her time. The plot plods along at times.
I was able to download this novel for free. The fact that it's a clean romance is attractive. However, if it's indicative of the author's other novels, I would be reluctant to actually pay for any of them at this point. There are many other clean Regency romances available by more proficient writers. I hope this author will return to this novel in particular for a tune-up. There is potential.
I stuck it out and read it all. The plot is pretty good and the twist towards the end of the story is well done. But the lack of appealing characters makes it hard to be drawn into this book.
** Clean romance with only kisses.
The female protagonist is a “women libber”, having read A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft and having been well educated with the reading and study of likes of Voltaire by her deceased father. A father, who despite this gift of education, left his wife and 8 children destitute...in fact, starving. The Duchess of Ruisdell has procured employment for the sons and for Hélène Whitcombe, being that her husband is the Duke of the deceased father’s parish. The Duke is among other patrons of a new school and orphanage for girls where she is to be a teacher. Hélène is also the sole support for her three sister, now situated in a boarding home nearby.
Hélène meets Christian, equally a patron of the school and orphanage, at one of a series of teas for the purpose of introducing the patrons to the newly hired teaching staff. Sparks fly as these two are diametrically opposite in views as to a woman’s place.
The male protagonist, Christian Elliot, Fifth Baron Shrewsbury, has been crossed in love: he desires his best friend’s wife and does not think he will ever feel such love again. He evaluates every woman in comparison to Sophie. When Sophie and her new husband travel to Paris and then decide to stay the winter in Italy, Christian is left at loose ends. Of course, his mother thinks the best remedy is to introduce him to a lovely and eligible Lady Virginia, who is a guest in her home.
Things do get complicated. Virginia has a brother who meets and seems to be attracted to Hélène. Hélène also has a suitor of long standing in her home area (Chipping Norton), a Samuel Blakely, heir to a woolen mill and aspiring MP. Hélène has a commitment to her position as teacher and travels to London to “speak” about the school in an attempt to gain further support for such. While in London Hélène is thrown into the company of Christian and Lady Virginia and her brother, William Mowbray, Lord Delacroix, among others. Her beauty draws many admirers but she is very outspoken about not only her background but also her complete lack of connections and dowry.
This book has very little angst until about 75% into the story. Then some major events occur and force things to come to a head. Much of the story is about the separation of classes as viewed by both Hélène and Christian, a barrier to any pursuit of the attraction about which they are both in denial. Part of her agenda is to promote equal education for women and in discussion with all three men who are part of her circle of admirers she is not shy about stating that she expects any man with whom she might have a future life to push for such in parliament.
I did enjoy the references to Jane Austen and Darcy’s proposal. This book was a short and enjoyable read. There are a few kisses but not much else in the way of romantic entanglement…even the touches, glances and palpitations are kept to a minimum. One waltz seems to bring the sizzle to a boil.