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- 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.
Elizabeth is the heroine and Colin the hero. She was born in India & spent the majority of her
life there. Her Dad works for the East India Company in India & is financially prosperous.
Elizabeth's horse throws a shoe in front of Colin's home. She, her mother, her aunt and friend
Katharine ( "Kate") are invited by Colin to sit in front of his fire, while the horse is fitted with a
new shoe. Colin had his heart broken 2 weeks prior by his intended Cecily. Colin is suspicious
of Elizabeth's motives and is impolite towards her. He latter apologizes. Colin and his friend Sir
Anthony, make a pact to forego all social activities, as both distrust women. Colin's sister, Ana,
convinces him to escort her to social outings, for him to find her a possible appropriate mate.
Men think Elizabeth stunning. Elizabeth considers her beauty a mixed blessing, and fears men
cannot see her good qualities. She is engaged to Duncan who is a blind Scotsman. He will arrive
from India in about 1 month, so they can post the bans and plan their wedding.
I question a few details. Colin received a monthly allowance from his father. Did Colin have an
income of his own? Have savings? If Colin had an independent income I'd have respected him
more. Elizabeth's friend Kate is jealous of her, & makes cutting remarks to our heroine, who
tolerates this for way too long. Elizabeth finally confronts her about 3/4 into story.
The love slowly builds between the leads. There were a few kisses, but that is all. It was a 'clean
romance' but that aspect did not bother me.