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Georgette and the Unrequited Love: Sisters of Castle Fortune Book 1 Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B086HP677D
- Publication date : April 11, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1417 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 366 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #120,429 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Georgette is one of numerous daughters of the horridly appalling Baron Fortune. He's a self-centered, self-absorbed widower with only one son, his heir, who is almost as appalling as he is, with the exception that the son doesn't have the baron's tendency to blurt things out ex-abrupto that are highly embarrassing to the family. Externalizing one's thought bubbles is not especially appealing, although Georgette seems to be used to this by now and can often find some amusement along with the embarrassment.
Of all the numerous daughters (I forget the exact count) five are unmarried and the baron would like to remedy that. There's a certain Lord Paxton showing interest in daughter Jocasta, so the baron thinks giving a house party with Paxton and friends included is just the ticket to get one daughter married off.
Unfortunately, it falls to Georgette, as usual, to do everything. She's a bit of an unappreciated Cinderella in the family. Although pretty and sweet and kind, she's not as pretty or artistically and/or musically talented as the other daughters, so the baron tends to discount her in his matrimonial schemes.
But let's not think of Georgette as a pitiful being. Nope, she's got pluck and character and a winning personality, especially once you get to really know her. She has even had marriage proposals which she has kept to herself, not wanting her horrid papa to know she has refused them. And why refuse them? Well, you see, Georgette is in love, but it's unrequited love and she's trying to make the best of it, but she doesn't want to settle just because the man of her dreams doesn't exactly know she exists and is even in love with someone else.
There you go. Georgette loves from afar and is trying to forget about that love. But when he turns up as a guest at the house party, and not only he but also the woman he is in love with and also the man who had once proposed to Georgette, now we have a story to sit down with and savor.
This is a kisses-only (and at the very end) romance but it's romantic enough for me. I especially enjoyed the developing friendship between H and h and watching love creeping up on the hero without him realizing it at first.
This is not a perfect book. Cameron has a tendency to wander off in her plots into bits that often are not as interesting to me as the main romance is and she does this here also, but she managed to get on track again every time I began to tire of the tangents she had taken me on. I liked this and am looking forward to Sisters of Castle Fortune Book 2, whenever it is released.
Miss Georgette Fortune is in the throes of such feelings for the unattainable Marquis of Onslow, who was, last time she saw him, in love with someone else.
Georgette lives in decrepit Fortune Castle where, as the oldest unmarried of 10 sisters (6 remain at home), she is responsible for keeping the castle running, despite lack of funds and surly staff members who resent her giving orders.
Her father adds to Georgette's difficulties by being irresponsible and by having no filter between having a thought and uttering it aloud. He is a constant source of embarrassment.
There are such filterless people as George Fortune. In case you have never met one, I will share my most memorable: When I was teaching English to college freshmen, I had just such a fellow in class. While everyone was quietly reading a passage, he randomly, loudly and abruptly announced, "Dolphins are the only other species besides humans to have recreational sex." Twenty-five startled faces looked up at me. The speaker was blushing as if to say "Did I say that out loud?" I struggled mightily to keep from laughing and continued with the lesson, which had nothing to do with dolphins or sex. I can relate to Georgette.
The story is fun to read. It takes its time to unfold a two-week house party featuring a cast of about 25 family and guests; subplots galore; details involved in keeping guests warm, amused and fed; plus small steps leading to the HEA.
Up until a kiss near the end, the only physical contact occurs when an auxiliary couple entwines their pinky fingers surreptitiously under the table.
I enjoyed this gentle book, but it was confusing at times. Each guest and sister had a distinct personality, but there were too many of them. The ladies did a great deal of embroidery during their visit, and I felt like I joined them and had to sort out all the threads of the story from time to time.
Top reviews from other countries
The book cover was strikng, and the story was well written, with a plot that was like being on a helter skelter ride, full of angst, misunderstandings, unrequited love, tears and laughter it had the lot. I noticed one reviewer felt that there were too many characters but I disagree, it added to the mayhem that was the impromptu house party arranged without thought by Baron Fortune. The central characters popped up frequently, particularly the 3 vindictive dames, the son of one gained a spine and a betrothed, the diamond of the first water, who although gained all the attention missed out on what she truly desired, the gibbering Lord who unable to speak to women may have met his future bride, (time and Alicia will only tell!!!) and the romantic who the party was given for in order to woo one of the Fortune daughter's ended up with a different one. The Fortune daughter's were totally unalike and a more diverse group it would be difficult to find but they supported each other and were held together as a family, by the hard done to Georgette, who was overlooked and abused by the obnoxious father and son.I did feel for 2 gentlemen in the group, Sir Justin Faulkes and Colonel Bellamy who had both been refused by Gergette in favour of Lucian , Marquis of Onslow, whom Georgtte had loved for years. It, however, took Onslow some time to get his act together, and a little help from Sir Justin before a Happy Ending could be achieved.
All in all I felt it to be an excellent read and would thoroughly recommend. I look forward to th next book.
Also naming the heroine after Georgette Heyer was annoying, because this book had no humour in it. Sure I know were the writer tried for humour, but it failed to tickle me.
I usually do not mind a few loose ends, but in this book happens so little, that the stuff that was unresolved did get on my nerves.
The side romances were better than the main one.
its a nice book but marred by one horrid mistake since the author believes that there are moths that eat linen sheets in England. Either that or she thought the Fortunes had wool sheets! They could not afford silk.
Need to read the next installment now.