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Never a Bride Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
In this debut Regency, independent Mirabella Whittingham is determined to find the scoundrel who seduced her friend Sarah and drove her to suicide, but Mirabella's only clue to the man's identity is that he bears a scar on his neck. Having consigned herself to spinsterhood ever since her betrothed fled to America, Mirabella sees little harm in kissing a few men and running her fingers beneath their cravats to search for the incriminating mark. Unfortunately, her intended, Viscount Camden Brackley, decides to return to London after six years only to discover Mirabella in the arms of another man and his family's affairs in shambles. Having been betrayed by his previous fianc, he is appalled to find that Mirabella is no less chaste, and he decides that he cannot marry her. The two pretend to remain engaged, however, so that Camden can have time to settle his family's finances and Mirabella can avoid upsetting her ailing father. As they play the betrothed couple and Mirabella secretly continues to root out Sarah's seducer, Camden realizes that he is not immune to Mirabella's charms. The story line is more complex than many others in the genre and far less believable. Grey's all-too-proper and perfunctory dialogue and her wooden characters do little to enliven this middling tale. (June 5)Forecast: Given its flaws, Grey's novel may be left at the altar by readers.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Determined to learn the identity of the man who caused her gentle cousin, Sarah, to take her own life, unconventional Mirabella Whittingham embarks on a daring plan one which involves kissing her suspects in order to find the telltale scar on the back of the cad's neck. Predictably, her actions threaten to ruin her reputation. Undaunted, Mirabella continues to scandalize the ton (British high society), but when her fianc? of six years, whom she has never met and had given up on, suddenly returns from America and finds her in another man's arms, she is forced to change both her tactics and her perspective. Despite the somewhat improbable premise, readers will be quickly drawn in by the lively pace, the appealing protagonists, and the sexual chemistry that almost visibly shimmers between them in this charming, light-hearted, and well-done Regency. Grey has also written a number of well-received romances as Gloria Dale Skinner and lives in Panama City, FL. This is her first novel under the Amelia Grey pseudonym.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
It's the ultimate "Accept it as you find it, don't ask too many questions" plot.
In more skillful hands, this plot -- providing an excuse for all sorts of misunderstandings -- may have worked. But it just doesn't work here, partially because the setup is so implausible and partially because the solution to the mystery is so obvious.
As other reviewers have explained, the driving conflict of the plot is that Mirabella is trying to discover the identity of the man who seduced her friend, and therefore gave cause for her friend to commit suicide. Despite that her unorthodox methods are putting her reputation and engagement on the line, Mirabella feels compelled to find this mystery man so that she can ruin his reputation and ensure he doesn't mistreat any other unsuspecting ladies.
When the moment finally comes for her to confront the man, the ramifications are practically nonexistent and no justice is actually served. Definitely not what I would call punishment. Although Mirabella and Camden have a HEA (which is a given for the genre), the ending of the major plot thread made it feel as though the character's troubles, and therefore the book, had been a bit purposeless.
I also felt that scenes lacked variety, particularly in location, as most scenes bounced between Mirabella's home and a Soiree, with the characters repeating their actions/comments. The scenes themselves were all enjoyable, but when read back-to-back in one sitting, they become redundant. The couple of scenes that took place out of that pattern, namely an instance of the heroine trying to pass as a gentleman in disguise, were some of the most enjoyable in the book.
My biggest issue with the book is the authors apparent complete lack of familiarity with British titles and correct forms of address. The Countess of Glenbrighton would never introduce herself as Countess Irene. She would have introduced herself as Lady Glenbrighton. A countess would also never refer to a duchess AS "Duchess" while speaking to said duchess. A countess would call her "Your Grace" when speaking to her. Mirabell frequently talks about Countess Glenbrighton or Countess Irene. She would be referred to the Countess OF Glenbrighton and after that, Lady Glenbrighton. This mistake was made over and over by calling characters Duchess So and So or Countess So and So instead of Lady So and So and was very annoying. If you're going to write a Regency with characters from the ton, know how they are to be addressed and styled.
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