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- Publication Date: May 10, 2012
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There were some fun moments in this book, but most of it was all too predictable. And the heroine was 24, going on 16, if you judge by her actions and ability to deal with people. Other reviewers have mentioned a lot of the silliness of the characters in this book: the over-the-top behavior of "the girls" - who really just all seemed too stupid to be alive. As for the grammar and editing - I heartily agree with the reviewer's comment "The commas, dear God, the commas." Hard to get past.
But my biggest complaints are some of the "facts" and situations which made absolutely no sense. Starting with the prologue: the vicar's son, thrown into some stable with the other 3 soon-to-be-heroes of their own story, is described as ten years younger than the oldest in the group. They also mention that they are at some academy for unruly boys. So how old are these boys that they are still in school? Can't believe they'd be at some "school" they couldn't leave after they hit their majority - so can't be older than 20, can they? So is the youngest one 10 years old? So what was a 10-year-old boy doing compromising the neighbor girl to the point that the girl's mother had him sent away? Was he really that precocious? And ya know, when the Marquess of Andover was describing various events in his life later in the book, talking about all the terrible events that had shaped his life, there was no mention of some disgusting school or the time away from his brother that would have forced.
**** Warning - may be some spoilers below *****
Speaking of events which shaped their lives, later in the book, when the hero and his father talk about why the hero's mother deserted them, the father says as soon as Mom got her inheritance at the age of 25 she ran away with her true love. In two other scenes, hero has said he was ten and his brother eight when she left. Dad says he didn't consummate the marriage for a full year after the wedding. Takes another 9 months (at least) to make a baby after that first consummation. I can do math. Was Mom THIRTEEN when she got married? I know they married young in those days, but give me a break! Gee, no wonder she wasn't really ready for motherhood.
Here's a few more things that drove me nuts:
1) Aunt Harriette says she fell in love when she first waltzed with heroine's father - heroine is 24 in 1822. This happened before heroine was born, so waltzing and falling in love no later than 1797. Sorry, society ladies did NOT waltz then. Minuet, maybe.
2) As others have mentioned, they must have used a magic carpet, for their drive to Gretna Green (a distance of over 300 miles - with horses that would be lucky to have spurts of 10 to 15 mph), as well as their drive to Brighton after the wedding and their little visit to Aunt Harriet in Arundel (60+ miles). Especially since they returned to London from Arundel starting some time after 4pm (since they hadn't arrived until at least 3:30pm). I really felt bad for their poor coachman, who must never have been allowed to sleep and must have had infrared eyes that see in the dark.
3) Now for my irritation about the Marquess's title. In the prologue, he was called the Marquess of Andover - while he was in this wretched school, perhaps somewhere between 10 and 20 years old (see above). Yet he later says he was given his title for service to the Crown. Really? How old was he when he served the Crown? Evidently, he was as precocious as the vicar's son. And was his father a duke? Patience mentions it once, but no one ever says it again. If his father is a duke, Grant would have had some (courtesy) title of his own anyway. And his brother would have had the courtesy title of Lord Shane. Maybe Annette just doesn't know anything about the peerage. And for Patience to be "Lady" Patience, her father had to have been an Earl or above; as would her grandparents, for her aunt to be "Lady" Harriette. Yet she didn't know anything about society or the peerage? Maybe, but quite a stretch. Her Aunt, at least, should have been familiar with the surname of the Marquess and/or Duke. Come on, there weren't that many dukes - everybody knew their surnames.
4) Here's a few more - they are installed in the house owned by the Marquess, formerly belonging to his grandmother, and none of the society gossip-mongers wonders about this? And her mother's old friend, Lady Caroline, offers to get them vouchers for Almacks? Not if she isn't a patroness she won't. And what is the deal with a bunch of men suddenly paying visits to the 5 women in their home? Without ever being introduced, since they had not yet been into society? I don't think so. Just as they would have had a hard time being invited to the Duchess of Dorset's ball without having been properly introduced and vetted for their acceptability into society first.
5) What Season were they in when they were in London? They boarded ship in August, and would have gotten to London in September - October. What Season was that? The Little Season in autumn maybe, but there wasn't a lot going on in London at that time of year. But, oh well, that's a minor nit.
6) I wondered what kind of a sea captain the hero really was, since he did seem to get his ship into a lot of trouble that the heroine had to help him get out of. I also got the impression that the author didn't have a full grasp of what she was trying to convey as the life aboard ship, since so much of it seemed sketchy and inconsistent, not to mention downright silly.
The author had a "Note to Reader" at the beginning of the book, discussing what years are properly called the Regency years. I have to give her points for that, since so many authors seem to think that anything in the 1800's qualifies as "regency." Guess those authors have never heard of Queen Victoria. However, just knowing the years that constituted the Regency, and sticking a date at the beginning of the book that qualifies it as such, does not a regency make. The situations, conversations, dialogue, attitudes just didn't really qualify as regency backdrop. Just because they wear long skirts and worry about society, doesn't put me in the regency frame of mind.
Okay, I've just got to end with one more note for those who have read the book: The heroine tells the hero "Show me what it looks like"? As I said, 24, going on 16.
1. In 1822, girls did not leave America to marry into the nobility of England. It was only 7 years after a war in which England just about wiped out America as a nation, and Americans were still pretty bitter. It was another 50 years before marrying a titled Englishman became a trend.
2. Even when American girls DID go to England, they didn't go with a girl barely older than themselves, whom their families had only known for a matter of months. Their mamas went with them.
3. To be Lady Firstname, a woman would have to be the daughter of an Earl or Duke. Her aunt is referred to as Lady Lastname, but that's a title for a wife of a nobleman, and the aunt is unmarried. The author doesn't seem to have a good grasp on British titles, rather a handicap for writing a story about marrying a British nobleman.
4. The author simply can't keep track of when anything happened. She says the hero's mother abandoned him when he was 10 and she was 25. Later, his father talks about blackmailing her into marrying him instead of the man she truly loved...how they didn't consummate the marriage for a year. To have given birth at 15, she would have to have conceived at 14 or 15...which meant she married at 13 or 14. The father blackmailed a 13 year old into marriage? A 13 year old was having a wild passionate love affair? She didn't tell her parents that she was being blackmailed? Her parents let her marry at 13? Preposterous.
5. It may be a minor point, but don't introduce animal characters that disappear without warning. Animal lovers remember animal characters. If you're not going to have them do anything to add to the story, just leave them out. And if you want to have a dog and kitten on the ship, at least explain that they're not just abandoned at the end of the voyage.
6. Proper behavior was formal behavior. I really have my doubts that even in America, girls would have thought it was acceptable to propose matrimony to men they'd just met, because the man had a title. Nor would a man have proposed being a kept woman to a girl he had just met. Nor would girls be leaping into bed with men during an Atlantic crossing. Society had a strict code: if girls misbehaved at their first ball, that was that- your reputation was ruined, and you slunk away. The author describes the outrage as enough that the heroine is given the cut direct by her mother's best friend. A cut direct indicated behavior so heinous that a polite person could not admit knowing that person. It wasn't something that could be undone in a matter of weeks, because the girls were tutored in proper behavior. One of the adults says that they can give a ball to re-introduce the now well-mannered girls to society, because everyone will come to see what the girls will do next. Uh, no. Polite society didn't forgive, once outraged. No one would have given the 'ill-mannered Colonials' a second chance.
7.The hero and heroine are forced into marriage because of traveling to Gretna Green together to try to retrieve one of her eloping girls. Society is so outraged by this that the only possible remedy is for them to marry; it would spoil the girls' chances at good marriages. But having 2 of the girls marry pregnant wouldn't spoil the other two's chances? Having a chaperone who let 2 of the girls get pregnant within a month or two of having them under her care wasn't a scandal, but having a chaperone who traveled alone with a man was?
8. A man making an Atlantic crossing caring for an infant all by himself? Seriously? He didn't consider hiring a nursemaid? Just how did he learn so much about infant care, as a sailor who had no younger siblings, nor nieces/nephews?
9. The heroine's exceedingly proper aunt is enlisted to salvage the girls' reputations by covering them with her own...but by the end of the book she has a lover, too?
You get the idea.
I enjoyed the clumsy heroine, it's a breath of fresh air to read a story where the "perfect lady" finds that her feet really do get caught up in her long dress and things of that nature...she's allowed to be imperfect and by being so, is loved for it! Wouldn't we all want a man that sees all our faults and loves us anyway?!
There's definitely love and romance and some hot scenes, the people aren't prefect and are wonderfully realistic for a change! This book was simply a fun adventurous read, I'll keep it in my kindle for reading again and again when I'm in the mood for a pirate adventure, and will be looking into more books by this author.
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