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Love Among the Rabble Paperback – June 3, 2012
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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was looking for a clean historical romance. This did not fit the bill at all for my tastes anyway.Published on May 10, 2013 by TJM
This story was one of unstoppable romance ... two people who are drawn to each other in a way that is physical and spiritual. Even after years of separation their love continues... Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Amazon Customer
My wife read it and liked it. It was just sitting there and I like historical fiction. Why not? It may be categorized as Historical Romance, but is packed with rich historical... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Bear town boy
what a wonderful read, complete with historically accurate facts and a dynamic love story full of tension, passion set during the American Revolution. Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by hefincolumbia
I thoroughly enjoyed Love Among the Rabble! It was my favorite beach read this summer. I was immediately drawn in to the life of Liliana Dunmore. Read morePublished on July 31, 2012 by Bear Town Girl
"Love Among the Rabble" has all the attributes that romance novel readers crave: a high-spirited and beautiful heroine and her dashing adversary, who -- as we well know they will... Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by Mad About Reading
Although historical romances aren't my usual reading choice, a friend recommended this book and I loved it. Read morePublished on July 7, 2012 by Urban Fantasy Fan
Like period pieces? Historical Fiction? Romance? A good, quick read? This could be your summer book! Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by NewlyNCd
I was immediately drawn in by this book. I enjoy a good love story, and the romance between Lily and Bennett was engaging. Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Brighteyes