- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: eFrog Press (October 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780996719919
- ISBN-13: 978-0996719919
- ASIN: 0996719911
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,256,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Boston Tangle: Regency Comes to America Paperback – October 13, 2015
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We are treated to our interesting heroine, Drusilla Fortesque, and the man she loves - Captain Jack Hatton, supporting characters in A Match for Lady Constance. We already knew from that book, they were destined to be together. However, when they meet up in Boston, Ms. Lown doesn't give us more than a few minutes here and there of the two of them. Rather, most of the book is spent on Drusilla's thoughts and even her careful interference in the life of her sweet cousin, Ivy.
Further, although Drusilla is head over ears for Jack, she not only refuses his marriage proposal once, but twice. So, it's somewhat difficult to feel compassion for her as she enters into a betrothal agreement with Sir Clive Brampton, our less than honorable gentleman from A Sensible Lady: A Traditional Regency Romance.
When I read a romance novel, I expect to have at least one third to one half of the book revolve around the two people who are already in love or who will ultimately fall in love as they are given "time" together and "conversation" together - all building up to the "big romantic moment." You'll have to look long and hard for quality romantic time with Drusilla and Jack within the pages of this book.
One last note: What in the world is "Sampish?" The word was used throughout the book when I do believe the intended word was "Spanish." I rarely comment on errors in these books, but I must point out the word "Sampish." Also, the word "broach" means to "raise, introduce, talk, mention" whereas the word "brooch" is the correct word for the piece of jewelry. Easy fixes if someone would care to take the time.
SPOILERS: early in the book Jack proposes to Drusilla in a very strange manner, so I did not blame her for refusing. Was he drunk that morning? I do not know as his motivations are never explained in the book. Was he really so arrogant that he thought Drusilla would agree?! After reasonably refusing Jack, Drusilla leaves for Boston and we are treated to a huge number of characters that at first are vastly entertaining. However, very soon it gets too much. Too many couples and too much of Drusilla’s thoughts on them. It felt like hearing the same joke over and over and over. Drusilla regrets refusing Jack but when an eligible man proposes, she reasonably accepts. Jack appears again and after just a bit of talk to Drusilla and some flirting with another girl, he tries to persuade Drusilla to marry him without any explanations of the nonsense of his first proposal AND without trying to address his past as the most accomplished flirt as described in “The Lady Constance”. I was very disappointed that a level-headed Drusilla actually was tempted again to even consider him. There was only one sentence indicating that Jack actually missed Drusilla during their separation. During the final talk Jack first informs Drusilla that the girl with whom he flirted so much actually does not have any fortune and afterwards tells Drusilla that he loves her. Really? Or did he decide to settle for Drusilla’s wit because he could not have a rich wife?
Overall, this is not a story of Drusilla and Jack. It is a story of Drusilla spending time in Boston with a bunch of characters that somehow (how? Why?) led her to marry an accomplished flirt without ever considering whether he would continue in his way. Jack’s desire to help poor solders and his plans for it came in the last chapter and completely out of the blue. Really? Just like that? Our social butterfly turns into a caring loving faithful man just because the author told us so….. Unconvincing.
One tiny complaint is that the formatting in the kindle book was off in several places. However this book is inexpensive and just as enjoyable even with that minor issue.
Though the books are well written, the Kindle formatting leaves something to be desired, regularly splitting sentences in half as if they were new paragraphs. This is a small quibble. My only regret is that I have now read all Lown's Regency novels so far.