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" I cannot say how much I enjoyed this book. Thecharacters and the setting outshone my expectations and I cannot wait to readmore from this author because if they are as pleasing as this story I havefound someone to add to the top of my must-read list. "
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". . . the historical references were spot on, and the use of ancient Greek poetry in the plot, and as a mechanism for character development, was inspired."
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- Publication Date : September 1, 2014
- File Size : 1419 KB
- Publisher : Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (September 1, 2014)
- ASIN : B00N9KHDWQ
- Print Length : 242 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #250,954 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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- The story placed too much attention on the Greek women poets. Interesting, but it wears a reader off after a while. The book could have been shorter, or the author could have spent more word count making the heroine's family members more human instead of cold stones.
- I found Georgiana too full of herself and quite spoiled, and that for someone who can't stand her very own family for their own self-importance. At least she changed towards the end but i have had enough of her already.
- I understand that the heroine, a wealthy duke's daughter, is outspoken and eccentric but far from ugly. Yet, no one was ever remotely attracted to her or her dowry to offer for her? Except the hero of course, who fell so in love with her but was never going to be "good enough". So there, the heroine isn't repulsive at all to attract a suitor. If the problem of possible suitors lies with the family, then i would expect the sister Eloise, who's character is moulded from their atrocious mother, to at least have a harder time finding a husband than the heroine.
- What a cold family the heroine has. I can't understand how no one (except the brother Richard) ever appreciates the other. And then, i guess the author only made Richard that bit sympathetic because he is to be a hero for another book.
- The hero Andrew is realistic and very likeable, but he allows himself to be treated as a doormat by our heroine. Love must really be blind.
- The author should make up her mind about the age gap of her protagonists. In chapter 2 Andrew is 2 years Georgiana's junior, but in chapter 12 it is 4 years. Did Andrew stop ageing for two years somewhere along the way?
In chapter 1 the friend Jamie is introduced as Jamie Heyworth. But at the end of this book, we are presented with an introduction to Dangerous Secrets, Jamie's book, wherein he is introduced as Jamie Howarth.
- The writing is good, but some words just do not feel right. "Sex" and "pregnant" were not used in the sense the author meant (sexual intercourse and being with child) in 1816.
Overall a good read, good writing and interesting historical facts. There is sexual content but they are nicely done, and you get the expected happy ending.
I liked both the hero and heroine. The heroine is especially well written. She is a little older (mid thirties) and a scholarly, intelligent woman who is out of step with the times and her class (aristocratic) - and has suffered because of it - much at the hands of her own family.
I love romance and I love it presented in an historical setting. I read a LOT of these books. So many of the modern authors write heroines that you would think had been born in 1978 rather than 1798. They are strong, independent women who seem totally oblivious to the mores of the time.
Well I think strong, independent women have existed since the beginning of time. So has sex, married or otherwise. I think the difference is in how it is presented. The presentation in this story seemed much more realistic to the times. There is sex but it did not seem gratuitous to me.
I look forward to reading more by this author.
You are left with wanting to know more about the H's time in a French prison. He was severely wounded in war and in prison. Not only does he have awful pain, but his face is scared. The h asks several friends of the H's how it happened and is told it is his story to tell. Well, he never got around to it.
I give the beginning 2 stars for being tedious and the last part 4 stars. I did enjoy the last part and it saved it for me.
We have lovemaking, outside of marriage rated 3.5 out of 5 heat level. I didn't find it vulgar or erotic as some reviewer's have.
We have no cheating, no cliffhanger, romance builds slowly (again), HEA and an ending I delighted in. (ljb)
Top reviews from other countries
Lady Georgiana met & fell in love with Andrew, only to have him break her heart, when he disappeared off to war. Outcast by her family for her unladylike behaviour, she is quite happy to live on her own in the house she inherited from her aunt. She keeps to herself, translating the works of female Greek poets in secret, although she struggles as she (as a female) is denied access to libraries & the university. Now eleven years later, she meets Andrew & after much difficulty, manages to persuade him to tutor her.
Andrew has never forgotten Georgiana, but he knows there’s no future for them as her family look down upon him as a “schoolmaster’s son”, even though he returned to England as a wealthy man. Eleven years prior, her family made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Now, although he is rich, he is not titled, & his health is failing him. He knows he cannot offer for Georgiana, but he cannot stop fantasying about her.
Andrew & Georgiana work together on her translations, & both try to keep things formal & professional. Their regular meetings soon set tongues wagging & it isn’t long before her family hear about it. Will Andrew & Georgiana have a second chance in love, or will her family keep them apart again?