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Marblestone Mansion, Book 1 (Scandalous Duchess Series) Kindle Edition
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I have a SERIOUS problem with poor editing and a lack of knowledge about what was actually happening during the time period an author is writing about. I was bookmarking every page with any grammar issue--but it got to be too much to keep track of, so I finally gave up. Then when they talked about phones being installed--REALLY?????? How could you not know when the telephone was invented??????????
Also, I have never known of any Duke, even if he turned the Dukedom over to his brother, and is now living in America, who would be on such friendly terms with his staff/servants. Is it nice to read about? Yes. But is it likely to have happened in real life? No. Even if titles didn't mean as much in America as in Scotland, it just seems a bit too farfetched.
I don't believe I will read any more in this series, especially with all the poor editing in the first book--I don't want to have to guess as to what the correct wording should be... What is funny to me, too, is that one of the characters in the book was constantly correcting another character about her grammar. Maybe that character should have been correcting the author!!!!
Second, it was disjointed; hopping around between characters and situations in ways that were just awkward and nonsensical to me. Maybe it was just an error in taking it from the paper book to kindle?
My only other complaint, and it's a big one, is that the romantic relationship seemed unrealistic and....contrived. I must have spent at least half of the book wondering who the female romantic interest would be, because the person it ended up being seemed so unlikely. Yes, opposites attract, but it just didn't make sense and never rang true in the end.
All told, it isn't a bad book. It's clean, which is a nice change of pace if you're a fan of the historical romance genre, but it just wasn't that good.
It is actually a shame. There is a chance that a story line similar to Downton Abbey set in another country could work but it will require a polished author, a good plot, and characters and setting that are believable. This book failed for me. Recommendation? Watch Downton Abbey and Lonesome Dove and get the notion of a rich family dropped into Colorado out of your system; you'll be much happier.
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