Lady Eve's Indiscretion (Windham, 7) Audio CD – MP3 Audio, December 27, 2016
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About the Author
James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks. James was born in York, England, and is now based in New York City.
- Item Weight : 2.54 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-1515960478
- Product dimensions : 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (December 27, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,206,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What Polite Society doesn't know, however, is that just prior to her Bad Fall, she had eloped with - and been raped by - a scoundrel. I found this treatment of rape fascinating - no one talks about it, of course, and the heroine herself often dances around even the thought of what has happened to her. Yet in their own way, the family is highly supportive of Eve, and thrilled when she begins to show interest in horse - and men again, if not necessarily in that order. Lady Eve resolves, so as not to shame her family by not marrying, to enter into a "white" (sexless) marriage, if only she can find an obliging candidate who's not a drunkard, desperately in debt, or liable to be hung for his left-handed preferences (homosexuality).
Lucas Denning, aka Deene, has been a longtime family friend, if sometimes at odds with Lady Eve. Though he understands his duty is to marry and beget heirs, he'd prefer to avoid those charming debutantes where "nerves" (mental illness) run on the female side of the family, or who have gambling brothers, and other undesirables. He and Evelyn enter into an agreement to help save one another from bad marital choices by sharing the behind-the-scenes gossip that each knows of her/his own gender.
Of course, when healthy, good-looking young people are put in close proximity, we know what's going to happen next.
I was tremendously moved by the scene where Lady Eve decides to revisit the scene of her rape, and Deene goes with her for moral support.
For an interminable moment while he could only guess her thoughts, Eve looked about the room. Her gaze lingered on the bed then went to the window.
"Think God for the window." She spoke quietly but with a particular ferocity. And yet she stood there until Deene felt her hand cover his own.
Her fingers were ice cold.
"Thank you, Deene. We can leave."
She made no move to return below stairs, so Deene turned her into his embrace. "We'll stay right here until you're ready to leave, Eve Windham."
Things I really liked about this novel:
* Lady Evelyn had been an amazing equestrienne, and horses had been linked with her physical and emotional trauma. It was great to see her slowly reclaiming that love and contact.
* The love and concern of the siblings, the way they were there, and took turns supporting her in different ways, without being overbearing or bossy.
* The hints of the love affair between the Duke and Duchess. *I* want "Chocolate at Midnight."
* This book is very "horsey, and the details are wonderful, right down to the shedding of excess hair when Eve scratches Meteor in his favorite spot.
Things that were problematic for me:
* It seems like surely Deene would have figured out why Eve was so fearful on their wedding night, and eased her spirits by letting her know that he knew about her past, and that it made no difference to him. (Of course, this would have blown the tension of "when is she going to tell him?")
* Likewise, Eve should have known that she'd given the game away in a thousand different ways, and just `fessed up about her "indiscretion."
* The business with Deene's niece and brother-in-law felt a bit contrived - surely one of them would have opened up a bit more and the common ground could've been found, earlier.
I have really enjoyed all the Windham family novels I've read, but this book is my favorite.
Here are some reasons why I enjoy reading Grace Burrowes:
I like the way she uses language. Her writing style is clean and elegant, and her dialogue is generally sharp, unpredictable, and true to the time period. She writes family wonderfully. The relationships among the Windham family are as interesting and well developed as the relationships between her heroes and heroines--often more so. I also think she does a great job writing men, and the relationships between them. Her heroes are complex and sexy, without falling into the stereotypes typical of the genre.
Here is the reason I sometimes put Grace Burrowes' novels down without finishing them (as I nearly did with "Lady Eve's Indiscretion"):
I don't enjoy the way Grace Burrowes writes women. I generally start out liking her heroines, but by the last third of the novel I feel completely exasperated with them. I used to think this was because they generally end up weeping a great deal, no matter how stoic and fierce she portrays them at the onset. But after reading "Lady Eve," I can see that it's more than that. Grace Burrowes' men are so kind, strong, noble, and reasonable, that the burden of creating conflict in the novel usually falls on the heroine. Somewhere mid-book, as with Lady Eve, Grace Burrowes' heroines start to behave in ways that are inexplicably contrary and stubborn. Sometimes this is done in a way that doesn't completely take away from my enjoyment of the book. Other times it feels jarringly sudden and out of character, and I find myself rolling my eyes every two or three pages. Part of the reason it doesn't work is because I don't feel Burrowes does a sound job of conveying motivation for these women. And I know she's capable of it, because her male characters are solid.
So, those are my two cents. I would still recommend her as a writer. She is one of the better wordsmiths out there in the genre. I just wish her female characters were more thoughtfully developed, and yes, perhaps a little less tearful.
Truly, I wanted to slap her silly by the middle of the book and tell her to put on her big girl panties and get on with life; She was so pathetically absorbed in wallowing in her own past that by the time I discovered what that past was, I didn't give a damn. And by then she had been well and truly wed to the H, had survived her wedding night unchallenged, but still carried on like a 15th century nun wearing a hair shirt and doing penance through self-flagellation. But here's the gob-smacking inconsistency - she's happy enough to ride a horse in a steeplechase race over a bet, when part of her big trauma was almost ending up a cripple after coming of her horse! Excuse me?
This was my first read of this author, and if all her heroines are like this one, it will be my last thank you very much. The only reason I kept reading this one was because I really liked the H.
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