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A Garden Folly Paperback – September 19, 2012
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There's no help for it: One of the Forsythe sisters must find a rich husband and save the family from poverty. So when a chance invitation from the Duchess of Carlisle lands them at a house party at a charming country estate, they know that this is their chance. But their plans go awry. A botanically minded duke who wants to be loved for himself, a sympathetic but stubbornly mercenary heroine, and a cast of enjoyable secondary characters (in particular, the enigmatic MacDougal) keep the pages turning. This well-written Regency provides an interesting perspective on love, money, and security. Hern (A Change of Heart, 1995) lives in San Francisco, California.
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About the Author
Candice Hern is the award-winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques and fashion prints of the period. She travels to England regularly, always in search of more historical and local color to bring her stories and characters to life. Her books have won praise for the "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality (Booklist). Candice's award-winning website (www.candicehern.com) is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers interested in the era will find an illustrated glossary, a detailed timeline, illustrated digests of Regency people and places, articles on Regency fashion, research links, and much more. It is the only author website listed among the online resources for the Jane Austen Centre in England. Visit www.candicehern.com for more information on all Candice's books, including excerpts and a look "behind the scenes" of each novel.
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Also, the Duke didn't intentionally plan to disguise himself as the gardner, it was Catherine's assumption that caused the deception.
I can't express how much I enjoyed this book. I want to reread it in the future.
Ms Horn writes well but sometimes it seems her plot devices trip her up. Too many things happening that have nothing to do with the plot and the whole story suffers. She also seems to throw in things that well-brought-up girls would not do, and we have to remember that at this time, a handshake was considered a mark of close friendship, so anything more was just not done because it would have immediately branded a girl as a person of loose morals. I also had issues with the clothes taken, and the purloined jewels which was rather ridiculous. Also, the cruelty of the Duke at the end was both unnecessary and unnatural. Why the author would want him to "surprise" her was beyond me, it just seemed mean and took away from the rest of the story which had some good points.
The thing that bothered me, though, was the hero's childishness, especially at the end. I realise that a little bit of deceit was necessary on his part to drive the plot but it seemed cruel after a while. The 'fairy god-servant' device also got stale quickly.
All in all, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good, light read.
This story is about 2 sisters(Catherine & Susannah) of a gentleman baron who are left destitute on his death. They're living with an Aunt who is barely getting by and with no income for the three, life looks bleak. Then a turn of fate, Aunt Hattie runs into an old friend who invite her and her nieces to her summer home for a month(A Garden Party). This friend is a Duchess with a recluse son who everyone thinks is odd. He certainly would not be at the summer garden party. But lots of eligible men and ladies will be there and Catherine is not going to pass up an opportunity for her older beautiful sister not to find an eligible wealthy unmarried man to marry. With a plan in place they head for the Duchess' summer home Chissingworth. But thing start to go very wrong.
I loved Catherine, she was bright, intelligent and very naïve. And the electrifying repartee between her and the hero was wonderful. Just loved this story. It was fun, light easy read. I read this book in a day and I'm not sure if I can wait to read the 2nd book in this series. Don't know if I can wait till next month!!
I would recommend this book to the romantic!!
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