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Not Quite a Wife (Lost Lords) Mass Market Paperback – August 26, 2014
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Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 60 novels and novellas. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. In 2013 she was awarded the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Though most of her books have been historical romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals. She lives in Maryland with her nearest and dearest, both two and four footed. Visit her at maryjoputney.com
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I am not used to religious discussions in romance novels and one of the more important threads in this book is religion. I am a Christian and happily devout. I believe that sex without love (in life or fiction) and books like 50 Shades are unfortunate.
I was happy to find an introduction of Christian values in a favorite author's book, but the comparison between Presbyterian and Methodist in nearly every chapter and as part of the story line was a bit too detailed for me. I was happy to learn the difference btwn the two, but I would have chosen a different venue.
MJP is smart and her Books reflect her intelligence and compassion. I don't find the Major Dilemma off putting because of the religious overtones, I was even happy to see Christianity not demonized or mocked as it is popular to do currently. But I thought that 'this is one of those books where a few conversations would have fixed the initial problem, the estrangement was way too long and not that valid in the world of romance.'
MJP was very brave to discuss religion in a relationship and in a mainstream Romance Novel. Religious arguments are valid relationship difficulties but i have never seen her write such silly and one dimensional characters and rely on outside forces for predictable events.
Also, *spoiler?* It was fairly obvious that the Bad Guy would follow them to London. What Spymaster wouldn't figure that out???
I was just disappointed because MJP books are usually much more interesting and the character arc is usually substantial. As I read, I kept finding new situations that were just confusing in their importance and helpfulness to the story. It was like a fruit salad that had vegetables and macaroni in it....all good but don't know if they mixed well enough.
She has been writing YA fiction lately, maybe she just didn't make the transition back to us?
When you pick up an MJP'S book, you know that it will not be a fast read because she layers her characters so beautifully, but in this case she dumbed them down. It is the first time that I have been so disappointed in her work. If you want a great read, choose almost any of her other books, with exception of Carousel of Hearts (?) ALL of her books are much better.
I am so sorry, MJP! Love you, love your books, just not this one. writing about this book makes me feel guilty because in the broad scope of MJP's work, she is a truly reliable author with sound and interesting characters.
was interesting, but in actuality, the heroine (?) was an immature twit, not quite sanctimonious, but close enough to be vastly irritating.
But deeper than an irritating main character, I found Ms. Putney's other characters simply sketched, without depth and simply unbelievable in their actions. While set in the early 1800s, the characters sensibilities were more current to our modern culture. James, Lord Kirkland could have been
very interesting, but was never allowed to develop any depth...and so goes the novel.
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I understand what the author was trying to do, to both compare and contrast the main characters.
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This book a five star rateing because of the excitment and entertainment all throughout this book. It Was fun to read.