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Once Upon A Sofa (Zebra Regency Romance) Mass Market Paperback – May 3, 2005
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...beautifully written with graceful and elegant prose: Ms. Robens' love for the Regency period shines through on each page. -- The Romance Readers' Connection
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"Once Upon a Sofa" possesses a good story even if the plot premise is an oft used one and the manner at which the story unfolded a little choppy as quite a bit occurs "off stage" as it were. It was, also, a tad difficult to take the heroine of the book, Lady Isabel, to heart for the first third of the book not because she had planned on entrapping the Earl of Caenby into marriage, but because she spent pages sulking when her plans went haywire and then because she spent another few chapters behaving like a brat once she's married to Sidney. Fortunately, she soon came to see that she'd received an unlooked for break when she ended up with Sidney, and the pair soon settled down to making their marriage work. Along the way, the author cleverly threw in a few spokes to all this potential marital bliss by having Sidney's elder brother openly show his disdain for Lady Isabel, Sidney's frustrating attempts to settle into life outside the army and having Lady Isabel's less reputable friends suddenly insert themselves in her life. And if the author had stuck with these, "Once upon a Sofa" would have been more of a stellar read for me because the novel really was at its strongest when it concentrated on Lady Isabel and Sidney. As it is she added an unwanted (in my opinion) subplot involving Sidney's young sister's infatuation with a cad, and Lady Isabel's attempts to make her see sense to give the book some conflict. I, unfortunately, found this subplot heavy going and a little uninteresting. All in all, however, "Once Upon a Sofa" was an enjoyably good read, and I would definitely look out for Myretta Robens' next novel.
The widowed Isabel Ashby thought she was kissing (and purposely compromising) an earl she had picked out as her next husband, but instead finds herself wed to a half-pay soldier with no fortune and no prospects - not at all what she had in mind and not likely to give her the sense of security she desperately craves. So Sidney and Isabel are forced together and find love where neither expected - or wanted - to find it.
Isabel has the greatest growth arc in this Regency Romance. She begins the novel a selfish and spoiled woman, but one who is insecure and vulnerable beneath her bluster. We watch her fall in love and discover that it changes all her priorities. If you're tired of perfect, virginal heroines, Isabel is right up your alley. Sidney is a delight - about as Beta as a soldier can get - and as honorable as they come. As Sidney struggles with what to do with his life - and his wife - you can't help but fall for him. At least I did!
By the way, don't believe everything you read in a back cover blurb. This one gets it all wrong.