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A Tempest In A Teapot
on March 27, 2012
A Curious Heart was a much ado about nothing type of read. This plot is an old but popular Regency theme, young girl first season on the town takes it upon herself to play matchmaker for her brother and Aunt and along the way she will find love herself. But first there must be the required scandal-broth, romantic misunderstandings, quarrelsome parent and grandparent, carriage accident,and a pinch of magic....magic, didn't see that coming. The only thing missing was the resident Rake and Lord Alvanley, After finishing this story to say I was exhausted is an understatement. ACH went on and on and on in a not so good way.
In the beginning I felt the author could not make up her mind if she was going to tell a story or let the reader experience it as it happens. Allie meets Griff, upon their initial meeting Griff intent is to seduce her but he changes his mind and wants to court her. The reader does not experience the actions that makes him change his course of action, we are told ..."His interest in her had changed considerably from seduction to courting in the few hours he had known her. Something about her pulled at his spirit, drew the better part of him into the light". What about her....I want to experience the interaction between Allie and Griff that makes him change his mind within the few hours he first meets her, and makes him fall in love with her and she with him. This also happens between the H/h, I want those little scenes that show the characters falling in love, that is the reason I read romance to experience couples falling in love and all the ups and downs that come with it. Instead the reader experiences all the ups and downs of needless misunderstandings and conversations that should have been edited out. The use of magic at the end was a bit awkward and added a dimension to the story that did not fit with the rest of the plot.
Sad to say I did not like this book, I put it down several times before I finished it. I have to give the author an A for effort, I get the feeling she put a lot of thought into this story