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Burgundy and Lies Paperback – February 11, 2014
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About the Author
When you think of strong women and strange worlds, think Carol A. Strickland. Although born in a small town in Illinois noted for its Nineteenth Century demonic possession cases, Carol claims that all those voices inside her head are a result of having stories to tell and books to write. Even so, her strange devotion to and study of Wonder Woman would seem to indicate an abby-normal brain. A one-time comics letterhack and outspoken member of various comics message boards, Carol has found herself the basis for two comic book villains (at times her opinions have not been taken well by the books' creators) (both villains were soundly thrashed) (and both, for some perverse reason, were male) and had one superhero wear her costume design. (Light Lass!) Carol has also become an award-winning painter. Along with her writing, she exercises this skill in her secondary hours (both of them) as she waits for the lottery to free her 9-to-5 time to more fulfilling pursuits.
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Our heroine, Abbie Bourgogne, finds herself entrapped, by the betrayal of a girl she had considered as a sister, into a marriage with a rich merchant, in order to save the family's honour. Most girls in sixteenth century France would be pretty chuffed at the prospect of wealth, social position, and a husband who's easy on the eye, but Abbie has two other pressing priorities; her family's vineyard, which only she among her kin has the wit and skills to save; and her growing attraction towards her reluctant chaperon - the brother of her husband-to-be.
Abbie is a likeable central figure, with a good deal of common sense and resoucefulness, and Strickland swiftly enlists our sympathies with this woman of intelligence and integrity who is forced to connive, lie and play the fool because of the strictures society placed upon her gender. The supporting cast is well-rendered, and Abbie's travels vividly deliniated. There are, to be sure, very occasional linguistic anachronisms - twice our heroine thinks of her 'butt' - 'behind' or 'rear' would be less jarring, but surely a French lady would use the word 'derriere', which is also a handy English euphemism? - but they can easily be glossed over.
An engaging vintage with a mellow aftertaste.
I absolutely adored Abbie. Her strong-willed personality made for a great heroine. Though she was not wise to the ways of relationships, she had a passion about her that kept me wanting to cheer her on the entire read. She had a true inner beauty, which only enhanced her outer beauty.
I was very indecisive when it came to Jean-Marc. I found him to be lacking in the scruples department, but by halfway through the book I was finally able to feel his growing emotion toward Abbie, and found him to be the sexy, possessive, protector that I love in a hero. After that point, I was able to root for the couple to find happiness together.
All in all, I found Burgundy and Lies to be a great historical romance. I loved how the author was able to keep me hanging in a way that had me in awe, especially when she turned the tables at the very end. If you love reading sweet, sensual, historical romances then you don't want to miss reading Burgundy and Lies.
I received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review