- File Size: 577 KB
- Print Length: 274 pages
- Publisher: Dunhaven Place Publishing; first edition (April 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 24, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JH21V0A
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I also loved the characters! Elizabeth is beautiful, kind and loyal, yet she is capable of feeling jealous. Colin is wealthy and handsome and not interested in pursuing any type of relationship. There were some great scenes between the two of them, especially when Elizabeth would describe her life with Mr. Cruikshank once they were married and it didn't seem like it would be appealing to anyone. Then there was her best friend, Katherine, who decided that Colin was the man for her. Her interest in him made Elizabeth think twice about how she felt.
I was sure the ending would be happy but it almost seemed like an impossible situation. How would loyal, determined Elizabeth get out of an engagement to a blind man? There are some twists and turns and I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. The entire book was enjoyable and what I love the most is that it's 100% clean!!
This is the first book I've read in the Miss Delacourt series, and even though it's #6, I didn't feel lost at all. I'm sure there are some references and characters that I didn't quite understand so it would be fun to read again after I've read the other ones!
I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.
However, the writer took pains to use as much regency language as possible and it felt contrived and laborious. The was also little tension, except wishing the heroine was less "principled" until she decided she wasn't. The characters could have used a bit more development because I found most of them annoying rather than interesting people with annoying quirks.
But I finished it, so that counts for something.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm glad I didn't it became interesting as I continued to read.