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- Print Length: 274 pages
- Publisher: Dunhaven Place Publishing; first edition (April 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 24, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JH21V0A
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The good: I loved the beautiful cover. It is so good to see a Regency character who is not in a strapless prom dress. Instead we get a lovely young woman in a beautiful Regency gown and gloves. Perfect! The plot was good although it was a little sluggish in spots.
The bad: So many unlikable characters. The heroine's mother was totally annoying. Her bad manners and lack of social poise did not ring true as the daughter of a vicar and the wife of a wealthy man in India. The heroine's 'friend' Katherine was so badly behaved that her character was totally unbelievable.
I did not like either the hero or the heroine. The hero jilted his fiance because he found out that she had been abducted and 'ruined' before his meeting her. He said that he was in love with her and probably would have married her anyway if his sister hadn't been making her comeout and would be 'tainted' by association. He showed absolutely no sympathy toward the poor girl when her father threw her out of her home when he broke the engagement. There were many times she was mentioned by the hero, his sister, and others and absolutely no one was sympathetic toward her. I realize that attitude was prevalent at the time, but it sickened me to read it over and over.
The heroine was not likable at all as far as I was concerned. I got SO tired of reading of her great beauty and all the problems that it had caused her over the years. She wanted someone to love her for something other than her face? Then why didn't she cultivate more lovable characteristics? She was so self-centered that she didn't notice that her friend Katherine had an interest in the soldier she eventually became engaged to? And then, all the while insisting that she would marry her fiance, she is flirting with another man? Yes, this is showing steadfast character indeed.
I do think Ms Ashworth writes in a good Regency style and I will try another book by her. But, even though there are a lot of 4 and 5 reviews here, I cannot recommend this book.
More of my musings to come soon.
Musing time....ok in all honesty, I've been running everywhere and when it comes time to stop at night I just grab my next book and dive right in that I haven't thought about this book for several days. It had a fun premise but I think some of the personalities of the characters I didn't quite connect with. It wasn't an awful read, I still enjoyed it, it just wasn't the type of book that has me thinking about it nonstop and remembering different scenes that I really loved. To be fair there was more about the book that I liked than I didn't so don't let my thoughts dissuade you from trying it out because all in all it was a pleasant, clean regency read. I haven't read any of the other books in this series but picked this one up because it could stand alone.
Colin is our male MC. He has made a pact with his friend, Anthony, that they will avoid all social scenes and keep to themselves for the upcoming season. They both are suffering from broken engagements, definitely engagements that should have been called off. Neither want to be out in public and deal with all the rules and frustrations of society, especially all the gossiping women. So the easiest thing, avoid it by declining all invitations. Unfortunately Colin sees a beautiful woman in a carriage and starts to think maybe he should attend one of two functions(it's a little more than just seeing her that causes him to rethink his pact but for the sake of this review being shorter I'm only adding that aspect). Anthony is called to a house party, which he claims he couldn't decline, and finds several women there to distract him from his pact.
Miss Elizabeth Armistead is the most beautiful creature ever to be seen this upcoming season. Unfortunately for all who lay eyes on her(well just the men because it means the women don't have to compete with her) she is engaged to be married and has only just arrived in London. Elizabeth grew up in India and is only passing through London to gather her wedding trousseau, prepare for the wedding until her intended arrives from India in a month's time, read the banns and then retreat to Scotland after the wedding to live in wedded bliss forever as the wife of a blind farmer/retired military man. Doesn't that sound so wonderful and romantic? Elizabeth pretends that it does, or I should say I felt that she pretended that it was going to be wonderful through most of the book. By a moment of happenstance, Colin perceives Elizabeth in her carriage one morning and believes she is the most beautiful and comely creature. Then as good fortune, or divine providence, would have it Elizabeth's carriage and horse have a mishap right out front of Colin's home. They seek his help and are thrown into each other's society.
The story takes place over the course of a couple weeks allowing plenty of time for Miss Armistead's party to interact with Mr Colin Lloyd-Jones' party and for all of them to form an attachment. Miss Armistead has a growing attachment with Colin but she doesn't want to ruin her relationship and upcoming marriage. She fights against the growing friendship and attraction as does Colin.
Without spoiling anything, I will say that there are many twists and turns and surprises. I wonder how many of them you will be able to guess before all is revealed. The question is this...does Elizabeth honor her engagement? Or does she abandon it all and choose Mr Colin Lloyd-Jones. Not going to spoil this here people. But I did tell you there are many twists and turns and surprises. Does her mother ruin it all or does she help Elizabeth to be happy or miserable? Does Colin get over his broken heart only to run straight into another broken heart? Or does his broken heart heal and he is able to move on? Or does he stay true to his pact and avoid all social parties only to remain single and the topic of another book?
I know I keep throwing those questions out there that contradict each other but I don't want to give anything away, I'm a no spoiler kinda gal so you will just have decide if you want to read the book and find out the answer to all those questions. Or decide if this book isn't for you, whether that is it isn't for you at this moment or at all. I don't think I would label this as a go-to-read again but it had a good storyline and set up. There weren't too many characters to keep track of but I had a harder time connecting to them. But I know many other readers absolutely loved it so you will have to read it and decide for yourself. I've read other books by this author and will probably keep reading others by her.
If I remember right, I believe there was some kissing(nothing intense) and some talk about God(nothing over the top) and some very mild violence(I believe it was a fight). Now it has been several days and I'm going off of memory(with other book storylines and characters going through my brain too) but overall it was a clean read.
I downloaded a free copy from Amazon.