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How to Rescue a Rake (Book Club Belles Society) Mass Market Paperback – January 5, 2016
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" I read this book as a stand-alone novel, but I'm now eager to go back and read the earlier novels of the Book Club Belles! You can tell that their world is very Austenian, and as a fan of Austen, I'm eager to see how Fresina plays with the rest of her novels in her other books. Fresina's writing is smooth and quick, which made it a nice and easy read. Overall, How to Rescue a Rake is a charming and sexy story! " - Night Owl Review
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And now Jayne Fresina gives us Diana Makepiece's story. Diana is one of Buckinghamshire's Book Club Belles, a group of young women who get together to read and discuss romantic novels, mostly those written by Jane Austen. Two of these "belles" have found romance in previous books of Fresina's series and now it's Diana's turn.
Poor Diana, at the beginning of the story, is perhaps more pitiful and colorless and repressed than Austen's Anne. She lives under her mother's domineering thumb, has become a shadow of the person she could have been, has no spirit, and her looks, at the age of 27, are faded and dull. 3 and a half years ago the brother of her friend Rebecca, Nathaniel Sherringham, a rather immature fun-loving rake, had declared his love for her and proposed marriage (in an unfortunate state of inebriation) but she was persuaded by her mother than he was no good for her and must be refused.
Sherry and his broken heart leave the village and aren't seen again until the beginning of this story. During his absence Diana has managed to fade away to the extent that both her personality and her looks are so subdued that she is almost invisible.Read more ›
Thus begins Jayne Fresina’s charming homage to my favorite Jane Austen title. Diana Makepiece has lost her bloom, and if anything she is more pitiful and repressed than Austen’s Anne Elliot. Diana lives in genteel poverty with her domineering mother, who had once persuaded Diana to reject Sherry’s impetuous proposal of marriage. At the time, Sherry did indeed look to be a poor sort of a husband. After returning from the army, he was a fun-loving flirt without connections or prospects. Now, after a three-year absence, the tables are turned, but Sherry can barely recognize girl who once broke his heart.
Although the plot more or less follows the main events of Persuasion, the author has wisely chosen to change certain circumstances and characters, such that the reader does not always know exactly what will happen next. Diana travels to Bath to visit her toplofty cousin, Lady Elizabeth Plumtre, and we encounter an even more unpleasant version of Anne’s querulous hypochondriac sister, Mary, with a touch of Sir Walter Elliot’s snobbery. Her husband, Sir Jonty Plumtre, a newly minted baronet, is a wealthy tradesman whose jolly mother and hoyden sisters recall Austen’s Musgrove family. Although Elizabeth sees Diana as a spinster who will become her companion and dogsbody, the loving kindness and good cheer of the Plumtre family begin to work a bit of a miracle.Read more ›
Almost three years after Dina’s rejection Nate has returned to her home town. a far different man from the rake the town and Diana had known. Now a wealthy man, Nate has never forgotten his love and perhaps to stir things up makes an outrageous declaration to the town – and their eligible misses. In spite of her answer, Diana has always cared for Nate and to watch the ladies fawn over him in order to be considered for the position of his bride was simply too much. When an escape to Bath was offered Diana gratefully took it never realizing that the time away from her mother’s influence would change her life. Nate is also headed for Bath, and with determination and charm intends to win over the woman he loves.
As the ladies of the Book Club Belle Society take up Jane Austen’s newest novel, Persuasion, they never thought that the events in the life of one of their own would be running an almost parallel course in the pursuit of love.
I have enjoyed all of the stories in this series, and it was delightful to see Nate and Diana finally get their happy ever after ending – even if it took years and a lot of changes for them both. It was heartwarming to watch Diana grow into a smart, lovely woman.Read more ›
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When Nathaniel proposed to Diana she rejected him, now a few years later Nathaniel is back in town and looking for a suitable wife. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Charlene
An enjoyable read which was loosely based on Persuasion by Jane Austen even though not advertised as such. I had fun picking out and comparing characters from both books. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bookworm
HOW TO RESCUE A RAKE is a romantic story about broken hearts and second chances. Closely mirroring many elements of Jane Austen's PERSUASION, the hero and heroine of HOW TO RESCUE... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nikita @ Plot Twist Reviews
I have two absolute favorite things I always wish for in a book, both so rare that I've finally removed them from my formula for the perfect book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by puppitypup
This year my interest in historical romance is at an all-time high and it was fun to start with HOW TO RESCUE A RAKE, especially because the word 'rake' in a title or blurb makes... Read morePublished 6 months ago by The Sassy Bookster
After four years, Nathaniel Sherringham “Sherry” returns to Hawcombe Prior convinced that Diana Makepiece, the woman he once courted, is happily married. Read morePublished 6 months ago by nancymac
Being a fan of Jane Austen and Persuasion, I am intrigued by Jayne Fresina’s parallel story of Nate and Diana in her latest story called How to Rescue a Rake. Read morePublished 6 months ago by DiDi - Guilty Pleasures BR