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Caution's Heir Paperback – August 13, 2014
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About the Author
A graduate in history, Mr. Wilkin has been writing in various genres for twenty five years. Extensive study of premodern civilizations, including years as a re-enactor of medieval, renaissance and regency times has given Mr. Wilkin an insight into such antiquated cultures.
Trained in fighting forms as well as his background in history lends his fantasy work to encompass mores beyond simple hero quests to add the depth of the world and political forms to his tales.
Throughout his involvement with various periods of long ago days, he has also learned the dances of those times. Not only becoming proficient at them but also teaching thousands how to do them as well.
Mr. Wilkin is also the author of several regency romances, and most recently a sequel to the epic Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. His is called, Colonel Fitzwilliam’s Correspondence.
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The plot is simple. The essential cast is there. There is an earl who is in line to inherit a dukedom, a self-centered marquis who is more interested in gaming than providing a secure future for his daughter, and a whole cast of characters who are interested in marrying off the latter two, although certainly not to one another. Arthur, the earl of Daventry, beats the marquis in a card game played for stakes offensive to Arthur, but insisted upon by the marquis. When the table is cleared, Arthur is the winner. His sense of right and wrong compels him to try to avoid bankrupting the older gentleman, but the marquis will have none of it. He insists the results stand. Arthur has acquired, among other things, the Marquis's vast estate at Hroek and Arthur thinks his biggest worry concerns how he can maintain it. He assujmes nothing more unsettling can happen until his manservant announces there are strangers at the door. The outcome of the card game has left the Marquis's daughter Lady Louisa disenfranchised, and the Marquis has disappeared. However, all is not lost to the lady. She has Mrs.Bottomworth to protect her interests. And thus, Lady Louisa and her chaperon arrive at Arthur's house with all of their bags and baggage. The plot evolves from there in a traditional Regency Romance fashion. Arthur allows her to move in on the condition that she finds a suitable husband during the upcoming social season. We are certain that Lady Louisa and Arthur will both end up married before their time runs out, but very possibly not to one another. Both of them are too principled to exploit the situation. Thank goodness they have friends to manipulate the outcome.
The first seventy pages set the stage. A caveat to readers is in order: this is a heavily populated book, but virtually no one in the crowd is superfluous. It is best to indulge yourselves by getting acquainted with one and all of them. There will be times when you wish Arthur would materialize so you as a reader could kick him in the seat of his britches, but be patient. This is, after all, a romance. Put your trust in Mrs.Bottomworth and enjoy!
I received an advanced copy of Caution's Heir in return for an honest review, based on a third party review I wrote of Beggars Can't be Choosier. I am delighted to have had the opportunity. I am convinced that my earlier aversion to Regency Romance is because in my opinon, since Jane Austen, so many writing in the genre o do not understand its dynamic, its language and its special charm. Mr.Wilkin has convinced me I was wrong. I am a fan.