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Lauren Laviolette lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475078714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475078718
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,840,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a sucker for an old fashioned historical romance novel. I used to devour them in high school when instead of socializing with age peers, I was drowning in descriptions of ball gowns and carriages and the rules of the British 'ton'. The problem with those paperback romances of my youth is that the history parts were usually a thin shell around a solid candy core of bodice ripping. Not that I have any problem with bodice ripping, I wouldn't want you to think that! I read stacks and stacks of these novels; it was rare that one truly sucked you into a particular time period and a particular world.

Now I'm all grown up and I want some damn HISTORY in my romances and Lauren Laviolette's American Revolution-era 'Love Among the Rabble' serves it up like a bottomless glass of fine claret. 'Rabble' is centered in Charles Town as the colonies are teetering on the brink of battle with the British crown. Our heroine Liliana Dunsmore (sassy, witty and truly strong) finds herself falling in love with the wrong man, Bennett Davenport, a dashing English naval officer - and unlike those novels of my youth, this romance won't be so easy. You don't just ride out a war and wait for your boyfriend, tapping a satin slipper on your family's estate. History makes things a lot harder than that - and it makes for good reading.

Love Among the Rabble has plenty of swoony romance AND lots of well-researched details. I would love to go to Charleston now to see some of these settings for myself - I've never wanted to make actual travel plans after reading a romance novel, so you've got to know this book is special. A must read for fans of this era and this literary genre!
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2.5 stars. The half star is completely due to the time period this book is set in. It's horrible to love a time period so much and not find quality romance books to read in it.

The romance aspect of this book left a lot to be desired. The couple first meet when she is 15 and he is 24. Instalove, from both of them. Well, to be fair it was more instalove when they meet the second time, when she is 16. So, way better, right? I understand this time period the ladies married way younger but gah, at least start her off at 18/19.

The couple, Lily and Bennett, really don't spend time together. Her family is secretly wanting to cut the cord from England and Bennett is an English ship captain. Should be a set up for some fantastic conflict, right? Didn't happen :( She's either at her uncle's townhouse in Charles Towne doing........something?........or at her family farm and Bennett is on his English ship intimidating upstart Colonials from the harbor. They seem to meet up once year. Lily gets pregnant from one of these meetings, (the sex scene was written so lackluster I personally didn't think a person could get pregnant from it but whatever) doesn't tell Bennett about the child, and marries a cousin.

Cousin of course dies (upstanding men who marry pregnant women really need to watch their backs in these stories) four years pass. Bennett has resigned his captaincy and is now Sir Charles thanks to a dead uncle. Lily and Bennett/Sir Charles have their meet up, some story, more story, Bennett tears up when he realizes he has a boy, all forgiven, and proposal. Lily, Bennett/Sir Charles, and her family decide to sit the rest of the war out in Jamaica.
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This was my first by Laviolette and I believe it is her debut novel. It's a great first book and a wonderful love story! I'll definitely be looking for more of hers. If you like a well-written historical romance that will put you into the time of America's Revolutionary War, this is a good one! It spans the years 1773-1780, as Laviolette takes us deep into what happened in South Carolina during that time. I love a romance with rich historical detail and real (as well as fictional) characters, especially when combined with a dashing hero and a strong, independent heroine--and I was not disappointed in this one.

As the story opens, it's 1773 and the Colonies are on the brink of war with England. "Loyalists" and "Rebels" are beginning to square off against each other in South Carolina. Today we think of the war as between England and the young American nation, but it wasn't so clear then. People loyal to the Crown who considered themselves Americans lived next door to those "rebels" who considered themselves patriots. Sometimes this occurred even in the same family.

Liliana ("Lily") Dunmore considered herself a patriot (while her family purportedly was Loyalist) until she met Lieutenant Bennett Davenport, a British Naval officer who happened to be in her home of Charles Town. Though Bennett is wildly attracted to the beautiful and tempestuous Lily Dunmore (who is crazy about him), he expects to inherit a title as a Baronet and knows he cannot marry a commoner, especially a Colonial. The war will tear their budding love asunder and years will pass before they are brought together, but what a sweet ending.

I highly recommend this one and think you will like it, too! Oh and I understand that Laviolette is writing Hunter's story--now that should be worth waiting for.
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