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Unfortunately that is not the case in 'Miss Braithwaite's Secret.' The hero's excessively developed sense of chivalry that had him immediately proposing to a woman that he's rescued from the side of the road to save her from a scandal of which he had no part in creating was, for me at least, extremely unbelievable. The heroine's broken heart resulting from the hero's inability to read her mind is equally unbelievable. Throw in a capsized sailboat, missing love interest, a kidnapping and a ridiculously executed 'rescue' and you got yourself a hot mess of a padded story line.
Bottom line: I don't recommend it.
This act was merely the focal point for a really dumb story. This is all part and parcel of a society (ours) which thinks that love is some mushy feeling rather than a rational and mindful choice.
The only trope this story leaves out is the heroine having a secret baby, although it comes close to that with a secondary character. We have 1) lots of miscommunication and misunderstanding; 2) a total jerkwad of a hero, one who is so dense that he can't figure out who he's in love with and, not only that, he's idiot enough to ask a gently-bred debutante to be his mistress; 3) disappearance of a main character; 4) a case of amnesia, something no HR should be without, of course; 5) abduction of the heroine; 6) upper-class ladies and their altruistic hobbies of soup kitchens and orphans, and I'm sure there's a 7, 8, 9, and 10 of derivative ideas in this book but I've managed to get most of it out of my head already.
So there's all this stuff happening, but the book is interminable and dull, with lackluster, unappealing characters and too many derivative plotlines. I'm an idiot. I did not read any reviews of this before buying it and, not only that, I kept on reading it to the very end. In my defense, I must say that I was more or less prisoner of my stationary bike, wanting to get my 25 miles in, so just kept on reading what I had started. I don't know which wore me out more, the biking or the reading.
This does get two stars instead of one because it's fairly well edited. Few mistakes, either of spelling or grammar.
I think the author must have had a list. Wealthy and handsome duke, check. Beautiful and incomparable heroine, check. Immediate attraction to each other, check. Lack of any real communication between the two, check. Ridiculous and misguided betrothal to another woman, check. Duke gets jilted, check. Tug of war, attraction and trading of insults between the hero and heroine, check. Duke proposes and heroine accepts but, of course, the next morning when he is supposed to meet her father to make it official, he receives a letter that threatens a scandal and runs off to deal with it without any communication with the heroine, check. Heartbreak for the heroine, check. Duke shows up 2 weeks later after resolving potential scandal...and she won't listen to his explanation, check. Duke suffers heartbreak, check. Duke lost at sea, presumed dead, heroine has broken heart...check, check and check. Amnesia, heroine engaged to a villain, duke found, heroine kidnapped ... etc, etc, etc.
There was absolutely no imagination in the plot of this book. I'm giving it 2 stars because I actually finished it. By the way, the ending was so abrupt that it was a mental hitting of the proverbial brick wall.
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