- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 52 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Myra Platt
- Audible.com Release Date: December 26, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MU3FZOY
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My Fair Lily: The Farthingale Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The setting is 1818, but Our Heroine invokes scientific theory that won't be invented for another thirty and even hundred years yet, and everyone around her is well-acquainted with those theories. (While discussing the book with others, we came up with our own theory that every time the OTT klutzy dog bowls the h/h over -- which is a LOT -- he tumbles them into an alternate timeline.) Though she is TSTL, Our Heroine is regarded as a scientific genius. We never see her do any kind of actual research -- one doubts she'd be able to recognize the species she's specialized in -- and the book leaves us with her facing a bright future in which no word of further scientific research is mentioned. Guess she must not have been as interested in her studies as she led everyone to believe.
The author also apparently has never heard of primogeniture. Or the inability of large, untrained dogs to run alongside galloping horses for four hours and still have bounding energy. Or heroines to have their eyes adjust in unlit basements at midnight to the point where they can read labels on crates. Or that Regency-era women were NOT allowed out in the world and ESPECIALLY not in a closed room with a man, without a chaperone. If found in a compromising position, as Our Heroine frequently is, that woman would be required to marry the man who, ah, positioned her thusly, and not have the situation pooh-poohed by those who discovered them.
The plot goes this way and that as the characters' reactions also bounce crazily for no reason. The voice is a simplistic one, leading the reader to suppose that this is aimed at younger readers (who would not be that interested in historical accuracy), except… there's sex.
Rabid Regency readers are famous for being picky about details. I'm incredulous that an author would let through mistakes of this magnitude. In the future, I hope she does actual basic research for her novels, and leaves explicit sex out of a narrative that would best serve the younger crowd.
My Fair Lily was the first book published for Meara Platt. I enjoyed the story, but you could definitely tell it was the first book. I believe Ms. Platt is an author to watch and I will definitely read more of her books. I’m not sure why Lily was the first book in the series because in Lily, we learn that Lily’s older sisters are married, etc. – but – the last three books in the series are about how those marriages came to be. It doesn’t matter to me that it seems out of sequence, but I do wonder why.
First, the main plot or tangle of the book was just not possible during that period of time, so it took a bit of enjoyment from the story. The storyline is that Ewan Campbell, a braw Highlander, is in London to fulfill a deathbed promise made to his father. The promise is to mend a family rift with his grandfather, the Duke of Lotheil. The Duke is a manipulative, hateful old man who supposedly disinherited Ewan’s father because of who he married. The Duke is supposed to be deciding which of his grandson’s will inherit the Dukedom. That isn’t possible. If Ewan is the firstborn son of the Duke’s firstborn son, then neither Ewan nor the Duke has any choice in the matter – Ewan WILL become the Duke upon the death of his grandfather. It is the law of Primogeniture and there really isn’t any choice. Since it was the first book, I was able to overlook this point and enjoy the story anyway, but I do hope the author does a great deal of research and gets the historical stuff straight in subsequent books. Other things that bothered me – gently bred young ladies did not go anywhere without a chaperone during that time period, yet our heroine and her sister went wherever they liked unaccompanied. Yet another thing is that the Featherstone’s freely associated with the aristocracy though they were of the business class. That association just didn’t normally happen.
I loved Jasper, Ewan’s dog, but his jumping on Lily and causing her to fall to the ground or into Ewan became a bit tiresome. I did love that he ended up being a hero!
I loved the banter between Lily and Ewan – it was funny – and some of the things that Lily had to say was hilarious. Her telling of the story of Galileo’s balls was absolutely giggle-worthy.
Lilly is a twin and nobody can tell them apart – except, Ewan always knows which one is which. Lilly is very sweet and loving and comes from a wonderfully open and loving family. Everybody loves her – except the Duke of Lotheil. She is the bane of his existence because of her persistence about being admitted to the Royal Society. Yes friends, she is a scholar, a bluestocking and has a brilliant mind.
Ewan hates his grandfather and everything English, so he certainly has no intention of marrying a Sassenach – besides – Lily is so close to her family that she’d never marry and leave. So – watching them find love is a fun adventure.
I hope you’ll give this author a try.