- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 19, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1479277592
- ISBN-13: 978-1479277599
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 110 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,718,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Best Intentions Paperback – September 19, 2012
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Candice Hern is the award-winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques and fashion prints of the period. She travels to England regularly, always in search of more historical and local color to bring her stories and characters to life. Her books have won praise for the "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality (Booklist). Candice's award-winning website (www.candicehern.com) is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers interested in the era will find an illustrated glossary, a detailed timeline, illustrated digests of Regency people and places, articles on Regency fashion, research links, and much more. It is the only author website listed among the online resources for the Jane Austen Centre in England. Visit www.candicehern.com for more information on all Candice's books, including excerpts and a look "behind the scenes" of each novel.
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Hannah, the heroine, an almost 20-year-old bluestocking, is very knowledgeable about architecture, but has no insight into herself or others. Neither she nor Miles, the hero, have any depth.
The story is a cute bit of fluff.
But, SPOILER: One part of the story seemed to me to be like a Douglas fir grafted onto a Japanese cherry tree. That is "the kiss." Just a passionate kiss, but so poorly written and seemingly grafted onto the story. The H, who initially thought the h was just 16 years old, and the h, who is awakening for the first time to her sensual side, share a kiss that is graphic and almost brutal. Up until that point, the tale was a Heyer-esque tale of personalities. Then this interlude seemed to intrude from an entirely different book. I wasn't looking for a "clean" book and don't object at all to passion, but I do dislike poor, illogical writing.
Miles is a grieving widower who loved his wife very much. However, he has decided to remarry, and given his emotional state, he thinks it would be unfair to marry a young woman who expects the kind of passion he no longer feels like he can supply.
Hannah is a clumsy, impetuous nerd. She really is. She has an enormous geek on about architecture, and I find it entirely charming that the author has obviously done a ton of research in order to make her more expert at this than anyone in the book. She is trying very hard to be a lady in the mode of the day, but she just can't do it.
This could easily be one of those romances where the older, experienced hero falls in love with the madcap girl and it feels weirdly paternalistic (These Old Shades, I love you, but you are That Book). Instead, Hannah teaches Miles things about himself as he teaches her that she is lovable just as she is.
"He kissed her lightly on the mouth. "I'll tell you why. You strip me of everything false and unimportant. You free me. You liberate me. You make me want to fly. You make me want to soar up into your dazzling light."
She laughed. "My what?""
I love everything about that passage. I love that he clearly explains the benefit TO HIM of their relationship, I love that she laughs at his overblown language, I love that she is not made speechless by his kiss.
I am eager to read more of this author!
Read if: you like knowing why people love each other, you love nerdgirls.
Skip if: Um, you don't like romances?