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A Contemptible Affection: A Regency Novella Paperback – October 25, 2012
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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my seven-year-old at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have two rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.
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The h returns within a year and makes her rounds at the gatherings. The H is present at many of these gatherings and tries to take up where they left off. This part ticks me off. First, he never apologizes for flirting with other women while they had an understanding. Second, he arrogantly thinks he can pick up where he left off and then accuses her of running off to Paris when he had plans on marrying her. And third, when the h accuses him of his flirting, this was his response---
“How could I know I liked you best if I had nothing to compare you to?” I read that to mean—let me sample everything out there and get back to you.
Needless to say, I was not enamored with the H. He had some heartfelt comments here and there while he was trying to get on the h’s good side, but there were not many and they were not grand enough for forgiveness.
There was no courting in the story. The h would cut the H down to size at every one of their encounters. That was pretty much the entire story. Well, he asked for it since he did not make any gesture to make up for her humiliation. I would have enjoyed the book if the H apologized for his actions, did something incredible to embarrass himself, and did not give such a weak excuse for humiliating the h. Oh yeah, if he said he loved her during any part of the book….that would have been a plus. The h came across very shrewish and cold, but I guess she had to under these circumstances. It would have been nice to see a proper courtship after an apology and some groveling … then maybe we would have seen some likeable characters and a cute story.
I do not recommend. The book had such great potential. Too bad the H and the story were as contemptible as the title.
I read this as an E-book, a format I enjoy more and more, and did not notice any problems with formatting.
The story, the plot, is well told and is an interesting look at what is almost - but not quite - a typical regency tool: an arranged marriage. Lord Dersingham and Iris Colburn have been intended for each other for a long time and Iris feels herself fortunate to have fallen in love with her intended and believes he has fallen in love with her...until he spurns her! Wait. What just happened? Did Dersingham REALLY just commit a horrible social crime, on the eve of their expected engagement? Iris is heartbroken but refuses to show it. Refuses to let anyone believe her to be anything other than indifferent to the whole, horrible, contemptible situation. There is only one thing to do - take Paris by storm! (Which we don't get to see, only hear a very little about...dash it all.)
When Iris returns, her best friend is there with open arms - and a match-making mind bent on seeing Iris and Dersingham back together again. Romantic misunderstandings, awkwardness, and high society all fly together to force Iris to make some decisions and -possibly- forgive the man she has never stopped loving.
All in all, an excellent story at a budget-friendly price on Amazon, and I have already downloaded another of Ms. Clark's books for later.
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