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- Publication Date: July 17, 2014
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- Language: English
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And then there is the issue about the hero and his brother growing up impoverished with their doting mother, their father having squandered their fortune. His brother, their father's heir, fares well, for he married an heiress. The hero somehow, is almost as rich as his sister-in-law due to him inheriting some and investing wisely. How and from whom he inherited is not clear though. He just became conveniently rich. Perhaps this is explained in other books, but as of now i am not interested in buying them. The hero was once the favourite lover of Olivia's aunt Charlotte, who must be a cougar of sorts for the hero was "young enough to be in his teens" and Olivia 12 when she met him for the first time. Uhm, awkward.
I am happy for those readers who found enjoyment in this book. I, however, am sorry to say, am too irritated to offer more than 2 stars.
The first had the mismatched pair learning they weren't that mismatched after all. Both are "aging"--30 (Olivia) and 35 years old--(Harry) and find each other attractive, in spite of his being a "fop" with a lined face and her being "plump." I thought Olivia's memory of the first time she met Harry was sweet (except the jarring mention of "chubby"). Luckily Harry has always liked mature women.
Then things get weird. Her father has another suitor lined up to marry Olivia but spends at least a month looking for Harry to give him a chance. Olivia decides to pay a call on Harry's brother and sister-in-law, uninvited and unaccompanied by anyone. There are lots of mentions of an unnamed character accusing Harry of jilting her, but it doesn't seem to have anything to do with this story and is eventually forgotten. (I thought it was leading up to a misunderstanding in which Olivia thinks Harry is jilting her, but that never happens.) When they get engaged, time is of the essence for the marriage. But when someone tells Olivia something about Harry she can't tolerate, they let weeks go by without communicating. And saying Olivia is just like his mother is supposed to be the greatest compliment ever--no matter how wonderful the mother is, who wants to be thought of that way by her lover?
Anyway, I liked the kind-hearted Harry even though he does wear lemon yellow clothes and use a quizzing glass, and I sympathized with the sensual Olivia who was so restricted by her father and first husband.
Notes: This could have used another editing pass for things like "compliment" for "complement." And for those who care, they have passionate premarital sex more than once.
My criticisms are fairly minor. I felt references to the Rake's beauty were all too frequent and that the reason for his elaborate efforts to show a public persona so different from his real self was a bit thin. His characterization came off as being slightly too perfect.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a very readable story of two likable people who are well suited, but must 'work to work it out.' This is the third book in Julia Donner's Friendship series and the first I've read of her work. I'm sufficiently impressed to backtrack to books 1 and 2.