The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts (Avon Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2012
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“Infused with irresistibly exuberant wit, the wonderfully elegant The Lady Most Willing . . . is absolutely priceless.” (Booklist)
- Publisher : Avon; a edition (December 26, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062107380
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062107381
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 1.07 x 4.36 x 6.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #290,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Upon first reading the premise of the book, I thought someone must have liked watching 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers', the 1954 musical, as much as I did when I was a kid!
Taran Ferguson is laird of Finovair Castle in Scotland. Although still sprite,he feels he is getting on in years and not having any children of his own, wants to secure the family line through his two nephews, Robin, the Comte de Rocheforte and Byron,the Earl of Oakley.
One winter's night, he and his men decide to raid a house party nearby and kidnap three beautiful,dowered, young women, Cecily Maycott and the sisters Fiona and Marilla Chisolm. The thing is that they have forgotten to bring along a carriage,fortunately there is one awaiting them on their way out. Unfortunately, its owner the Duke of Bretton is still inside fast asleep and in the ruckus of the kidnapping, a fourth young lady, Miss Catriona Burns has been thrown into the mix too. Although she is equal in beauty to the rest, she is useless to Taran since she has no dowry. So now Taran and his men are in possession of four young ladies and one sleeping duke and they are off to Finovair castle.
Being that we're in Scotland, in the winter and a snow storm is brewing, it isn't long before the pass is closed, thus cutting off the castle and its inhabitants for several days. Just enough time for our very charming and very lively cast of characters to get to know each other better.
I spent most of the time reading this book with a grin on my face. The characters were all jolly fun and fun to read about. The dialogue was quite good too. Although there were still three different story-lines, it was nice that they all took place in the same setting with the same cast of characters.
A Scottish Laird who never had children has his nephews and heirs at his castle for Christmas. One nephew is a French comte, the other an English earl. The laird is worried that they won't marry Scotts women and continue their heritage, so he raids the ball of the neighboring earl and steals the richest Scottish heiresses, kidnapping them from the dance floor. He also accidentally kidnaps the local squire's daughter and takes the wrong carriage with a sleeping Duke in it, a few extras. The people attending the ball think it is part of the entertainment at first, but by the time they organize pursuit, a blizzard has closed off the roads.
The four men; the duke, the earl, the comte and the laird end up entertaining and pairing off (and desperately trying not to) with the four women; the earl's daughter, the two half sisters and the squire's daughter. Manipulations, misdirection and monkey business is on order as the blizzard rages over the course of four days. Interesting proposals and couples emerge before they are all "rescued" when the roads are cleared and angry papas descend en mass.
A fun read. Heat factor moderate.
To enjoy this book, one must suspend all belief that love usually grows over time and believe entirely in love at first sight. Or even glance. Unfortunately for me, I place more truth in "marry in haste, repent at leisure."
The characters were all developed and explored as much as the length of each story allowed. However, there was no real depth to any story. No surprises, just the formula; odd couple meet, fall in love almost instantly, and, decide to marry. Everything wrapped up in record time.
The dialogues were witty, and well written, the characters likeable but their great love in the matter of a few days seemed silly and juvenile. I guess the result is that novellas (and this is what I consider these stories) are not for me. Therefore my 3 star rating.
If you like a quick, easy read, by delightful authors, with no angst except a silly twit throwing herself at every man in sight, you will like this book.
Top reviews from other countries
Romance that will make you smile, when four young ladies are unceremoniously kidnapped from a ball to spend several days snowed up in a freezing castle with several unattached gentlemen....