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The heroine, Henry, also seems much younger than her twenty years, especially having had the responsibility of running an entire estate. The hero, Dunford, seems much older than his twenty-nine years and not at all the rake we're told he is. I also didn't understand why she's trying to drive him off. Another reviewer said it was because she was afraid he'd take over her beloved home and throw her out in the street. Why would she think that when she knew she was his ward? Wouldn't it have made more sense to get on his good side and make him like her so much that he'd want to give her what she wanted? From their first meeting he gives no sign of being cruel or hard hearted. Her plan makes her seem like she's eight years old.
The misunderstanding later baffled me, too. We're repeatedly told and shown how brutally frank she is at all times. How could a misunderstanding that could be cleared up instantly by a smidgeon of brutal frankness exist around this girl? Then she tries to get him to jilt her, but when he gives her the option of jilting him, she refuses. Huh? I thought the plan was to not marry him no matter what?
Despite all this the story is fairly fun and I think most romance readers, particularly undemanding ones, will enjoy this story. Those who require maturity in their heroines and consistency in plot and tone, might want to give it a miss, or read with lowered expectations. All in all, it's not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
"I hope he hates it here." Henry (Henrietta), orphaned as a child, raised by aunt and uncle, and managed the estate since her aunt's death (deeply mourning uncle, unable to do the business himself) is now left all alone, expecting the new Lord Stannage, "Somehting-or-other Dunford".
She is highly estimated locally, but still unmarried. "They look up to me as if I were a man. But men don't want to marry other men, you know." - "Perhaps if you'd wear a dress..."
Deeply concerned that Dunford, "owner of my home and decider of my furture", might wish to take charge of her precious home, she wants to put him off. Especially because he is her new legal guardian. "It's the way of the world. Women haven't brains. We need guardians to guide us."
While Dunford emerges from his carriage, Henry watches him from her window, trying to have a bath before he arrives - almost instantly falling in love, because - exactly, this is a romance - our hero is a dashing male beauty.
Due to an escaped pig, they meet a few moments later, Henry in breeches and still smelling "like the great outdoors, and not the part with flowers and honey".
Quite soon it becomes clear to her, that problem number one: Dunford is no corkbrain. ("He was supposed to have been stupid.") Problem number two: he is too young ("So much for exhausting him into realizing he wouldn't like it here."). Problem number three: he is the quite best-looking man she'd ever seen. Plus problem number four: She stinks.
Dunford, of course, has a problem too - he does not even know yet she is his ward!
And although she looks a fright in her strange dress and is "on a first-name basis with the most immense animal of the porcine variety" he has ever seen, he is quite taken.
From feeding him porridge for breakfast and mutton for dinner, pretending a tight budget, allowing him only two baths per week (lack of water), Henry does her best to disgust Dunford with his new property.
And between making their peace with each other while building a pigsty and throwing mud at each other, and riding up and down the estate, Henry falls in love and Dunford almost seduces her. When he finally realizes that he is her guardian, he is shocked, immediately accepting the responsibility and taking her to London, introducing her to his friends, firmly believing she needs someone "to teach her how to be a woman". She needs to marry and he is going to offer her a choice of potential husbands.
And while Belle and Emma do what they can to turn the raw diamond into a sparkling lady, their respective husbands accompany Henry to functions, smoothly introducing her to society.
When the agonized Dunford finally realizes he could never let her marry any other than himself, we are almost done with the happy end.
IF there weren't these unmentionable 50 pages :-)
Lovely dialogues. Witty, fast-paced, brilliant Quinn-book.
"Splendid", "Dancing at Midnight", and "Minx" are connected through the characters, but in my opinion "Minx" is the best of the three. It follows the story of the orphaned Ms. Henrietta Barrett who by a twist of fate ends up as Dunford's ward. Henry's a spunky girl and quickly has Dunford's character tied up in knots. There are a lot of hilarious situations and heartwarming moments, although, like another reviewer mentioned, the whole thing with Dunford's mistress could have been avoided, but I guess Quinn wanted a keener emotional arc in her story, thus this segment in the novel.
"Minx" is only as wonderful if you have read the previous stories of Alex and Emma, and John and Belle. It's heart-warming to revisit old friends from other novels, something that Ms. Quinn does frequently in her novels.
I highly recommend this book,as well as the rest of Ms. Quinn's work. She combines wit and humor with sensuality and sweet romantic moments. Her characters are believable, and British aficionados will enjoy the Shakespearean and literature of the time references.