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From Publishers Weekly
The first historical romance by Evanovich and Kelly (Love in a Nutshell) shines with the glitter of New York City in the advanced year of 1894. American heiress Caroline Maxwell doesn't want much in life, just independence and passion in a marriage. But that's too much to ask of high society, especially as her mother is set on marrying her off to a mysterious English duke. Caroline prefers her brother's close friend Jack Culhane, who's in no hurry to wed and doesn't fit her mother's idea of a husband. The authors paint a clear picture of the luxurious lives of the ultra-wealthy: cycling in Central Park, scampering around Newport's Cliff Walk, and taking tea in London's finest drawing rooms. Whether running away from her governess or from the duke, captivating Caroline maintains her feisty streak, and her straightforward character is fully fleshed out with intelligence and humor. Caroline's romantic kisses with Jack produce more sexual tension than most bodice-rippers, and an older couple's rekindled romance adds a sweet touch. (Jan.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Evanovich, renowned for her best-selling Stephanie Plum series, again joins forces with Kelly (Love in a Nutshell, 2011), and this time the duo takes on the historical-romance genre. It’s 1894, and American heiress Caroline Maxwell spends her days suffering through her mother’s attempts at setting her up with royalty, a duke being the rank of choice. Caroline doesn’t want to be a duchess. She wants to be an adventurer and travel the world, experiencing everything life throws at her. Unlike Caroline, her brother, Eddie, isn’t the target of family marriage expectations. He and his best friend, Jack Culhane, have explored exotic places and made a lot of money while doing so. While Mama plans a costume ball to show off their wealth to Caroline’s prospective husband, Caroline plans her quest for freedom. Little does this feisty, funny heroine realize her plans will include Jack. Those who have read Love in a Nutshell will discover that this collaboration is a subtle sort of prequel. --Shelley Mosley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
BTW, Evanovich's pairing with author Dorien Kelly worked just great in their green cover book- the title was something like, Love in a Nutshell-it was a typical Evanovich book- funny and interesting.
I usually do not enjoy "older times" would like you to continue some of your other books from earlier.
maybe even start a new series on the seniors in Florida...... HA HA! my parents lived there in the winter for 23 years and there are some good stories. they used to talk about the "old" people even though they were in there 60's and 70's.
thank you Janet for all your Plum series. i'm sorry the movie did not go so well. i believe they had the wrong persons playing the part of Stephanie, Morelli, and Ranger. Grandma was right.
hope you are having a wonderful summer.
Cindy Rudd Sharpe
Unfortunately for her scheming Mama, Caroline has a mind of her own and is in love with Jack. Now, if she can just get Jack to fall for her, while ruining her Mother's wedding plans on the down low, she maybe able to find her HEA!
This is an interesting book, with a look at a slice of turn of the century life for the wealthy, that is fairly unique. It is interesting to view tradition butting heads with more modern activities such as bicycle riding, tennis and women making use of the ocean.
While I was expecting more humor, a la Evanovich style, this was a sweet tale with great characters.
I enjoy historical romances, which is what this book was, but whereas I've always found Janet's books "hard to put down," I found this book to be very similar to many other historical romances I've read, with nothing outstanding to distinguish it from any of the others. I must say that I was interested enough to want to discover just how it would all turn out, but the ending seemed somewhat anti-climactic. It just needed more "kick" somehow.
If you are looking for a book to pass some time, you might find this entertaining, it is not the worst book I've ever read, nor is it the best.
Janet Evanovich has written much better, and I missed the humor of her other wonderful books!
Although this book is very funny, the characters are stereotypical. That's hardly a deal breaker if they are still funny and interesting enough. Spoken anachronisms abound. But what I truly found egregious was the early and escalating physical liberties that the hero takes and that the heroine allows. I am no prude, but I believe that this sex play is out of place. It spoiled what would have beenan enjoyable quick read for me. It could be that this is typical Evanovich, in which case I'd better just wait for the next WICKED installment.
I am concurrently reading Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" and I can definitely see some parallels between Bremerton and Petruccio, especially when Bremerton gives Caroline his "speech" in the garden. Just a heads-up, I would definitely call Bremerton manipulative and a butthead (I hope you see where I am going with this).
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Caroline Maxwell has been groomed all her life to marry into the proper family as tbis is what women do.Read more