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Only a Novel Paperback – June 21, 2012
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About the Author
Miss Amy Dashwood (a pseudonym) has loved classic literature for as long as she can remember. She discovered the world of Jane Austen at age fourteen and has been an avid fan ever since. You can find her online at http://miss-dashwood.blogspot.com and http://thequestforstories.blogspot.com.
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Orphaned, with no one and no where to go with a very small inheritance, Elizabeth Markette, decides to do something she has always wished. Go to England and become a governess, well maybe not the governess part, but to England, she must go and seek her fortune like so many of her favorite literary heroines...and await her dashing Hero to come fall in love with her, marry her, rescuing her from what her life has become.
To say the least things don't go as planned, but the delightful journey along the way had me laughing and crying and falling in love with all of her characters. From lovable Lavina to Rodney the stable-hand and his little sister...her small charges and that toad in the garden.
Amy Dashwood's sense of humor delighted me. She is supremely witty, and has a great knack at pulling out certainly literary references that enhance the readers delight at just the right places throughout the book. I really cannot say enough wonderful things about this book, but I fell in love with it and hope you will too.
Caution: this book may cause you to laugh out loud while reading it and make people clamor for you to read what is so entirely witty and entertaining
My first issue was on the grammatical side. Often times the sentences seemed rather clunky. Most often I noticed this could be easily remedied by rearranging sentence parts, using a pronoun instead of a name, or adding in a comma.
My second problem was that the characters seemed, from time to time, to speak in a manner a little too old fashioned for the era in which the story takes place (1880's). This was especially true for Elizabeth, the main character, who was from the US. While I cannot say for certain about people of the UK in that time period, a girl of the US, no matter who she read and how much she read, would speak in a custom normal to her surroundings and era.
Third, I found the the constant book quoting and referencing in the first half of this book to be a bit much. I do realize that these actions were key to some of the characters and the overall story line, but, in the first half, there was so much of this, it started to become tiring. Thankfully, the second half of the book had a much more acceptable amount of quoting and referencing.
Also, I would like to have seen the time between Elizabeth's decision to go to England and her departure expanded upon. I'm sure there must have been some emotional conflicts in the selling of her childhood home, and all the things with which she had grown up. I would have liked to see this, or at least see her giving a sad farewell to her home.
Lastly, there were a few spots in the Kindle version (which is the version I read) where something had gone wrong with the formatting, causing whole sentences to be cut or blocked out, making me have to guess what was going on in those missing spots.
My dear Amy, I really did enjoy your book! And I do recommend to others the reading of this book!
And I think Amy stole a certain dress idea (see green with white roses) completely out of my brain without even realizing it. ;-)
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