Love by Secrets (Book 1, Age of Innocence) Kindle Edition
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I loved the storyline of this book, and wish that more authors would write about the distinction between love and infatuation. I would like to see more of this author's work as she develops as a writer. However, there does need to be a bit more editing, research, and work on dialogue.
There are several grammatical errors such as switched tenses and missing words (seems to be common in ebooks), and there does need to be a bit more research on the time period. There is a difference between modern formal language and period language. This is why Georgette Heyer was such an amazing author-her books could capture the colloquial heart of the Regency Period.
Research needs to be done about the purposes of dueling and the typical etiquette of the duel (a "sawbones" would normally have been present, I believe, and the purpose behind the duel was unrealistic). Also some research should go into the typical commissioning of gowns by a modiste, colors traditionally worn for weddings, and perhaps a bit more about the fashions of the period to better set the date of the storyline. I think this was suposed to be set in the Regency Period, but many details seem more modern and unclear.
Dialogue is a bit stilted and unrealistic. I highly doubt a young, newly married woman of the era would constantly be asking people, particularly servants, to call her by her first name. There is an uncomfortable transition between narrative and dialogue, causing too much telling and not enough action. Because of that, there is also an awkward movement of time instead of a natural progression.
All in all, I have a huge amount of respect for anyone willing to write a book, particularly on such a wonderful subject, but would like to see improvement and more realistic details.
I did enjoy the overall plot and the characters. I suspect the revisions were made by virtue of a spell check on a computer. Unfortunately spell check leaves in wrong words so long as they are spelled correctly. Someone actually needs to read this book and correct it. If I hadn't liked the plot and characters so much this book would have gotten one star which I think is very sad when a little effort would make it a four star in my book.
It could have gone on with more details about their lives after they got together seems to be a thing with a lot of books on kindle other than that a good read. Would read this author again
Writing a decent regency romance is more demanding than replacing "purse" with "reticule," but that's about as far as the research went here. Usage of words like "kick-off," "ladiesmaid" and "ladies-maid" (it's actually "lady's maid"), along with the wretched punctuation and awkward dialogue made me give up on this story halfway through.
Too bad, because the plot premise had promise.
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