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Love by Secrets (Book 1, Age of Innocence) by [Elizabeth, Debra]
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"...the heartfelt emotion and troubled thoughts of Emily make her as adorable as Marianne Dashwood was to one and all." 

"...Well-written and fast-flowing with interesting characters..."

"Rich with all ranges of emotion, loyalty, heartbreak, and plot twists. An enjoyable, light, yet satisfying romance story."

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This is a sweet romance about misunderstandings and secrets and the havoc it can cause in a relationship.

Product Details

  • File Size: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XMZ0NM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,050 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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For the most part, this was actually a great and basically clean historical novella. It was written in a very traditional style, with the heroine being a young and innocent debutante experiencing her first Season (the girl makes her come out at the age of eighteen, but I was under the impression that they usually had their Season when they turned seventeen?). As a result of this naivety, she confuses a quick kiss by a fortune hunter as love and part of a courting attempt. It was all a little bit silly from the eyes of a reader, but I thought it did an exceptional job of realistically portraying how many young debutantes might first see things. I also liked that the hero was a shy guy for a change, rather than a rake (as a male reader I like to root for the hero too). I would have given the book five stars, except at the peak of the conflict the heroine's words and actions were simply cruel. Even if she believed she didn't love her husband, she should have tried to at least respect him after agreeing to his marriage proposal. While her behavior probably was still typical of a debutante, it took away from my enjoyment of the story and resolution, as well as from the belief that the characters might actually be in love. In short, I do feel the novella was worth reading to see such a unusual take on the Regency period but I doubt I'll be reading it again.
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I knew I was in trouble from the very beginning. There are punctuation problems in the very first sentence. Still, I soldiered on. And found very stilted writing, anachronistic relationships between the classes, and completely unrealistic period details. Let's take the dance card as an example. A dance card for a formal ball would have listed each dance by type and perhaps even musical selection. Partners' names would be written for each polka, quadrille, waltz, etc. Yet the author makes a huge business about dance cards being filled out, and then has the men who have just signed the cards asking the ladies for the next dance. Ummm...no.

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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Quite possibly the worst written romance i've read yet. I've read novellas in which the author is able to both develop the story and the characters so that the read is enjoyable. The heroine in this novella was annoying, weak and silly. The hero appeared so few times that you had no real hint of his personality...other than his apparent ability to write poetry. The writing itself was choppy and quaint, as though the author somehow escaped the last few steps of the editing process.

Do not buy....even though it is cheap....not a good read at all.
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I really enjoy recency romances this one was Very well written and kept my interest
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
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Beautiful concept but needs work on the execution.
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.
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Sometimes love is blind and sometimes it is just looking in the wrong direction. The biggest problems in this story are that Emily is immature and Ethan is too shy. Emily is young, excited about her first season, and in love with the man who is leaving poetic love letters (they are slipped into her reticule)whom she believes to be Connor Preston. When things don’t work out between Emily and Connor, Father has her accept Ethan Richardson’s proposal. On their wedding night, Emily discovers that it was Ethan who wrote the letters. Unfortunately it was after she told him she didn’t really want to be his wife. From that point to the end, both try to find a to make the marriage work. This was a sweet, simple story. These two just need a little growing up and a little making up.
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