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- Publication Date: May 10, 2012
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- Language: English
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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.
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.
Yes, I am aware that there have been a few rather scathing and cutting reviews posted, but folks, the whole idea of reading a fictional story is so that you can be entertained even if there are too many commas or wrong ages reported on or other editing slip-ups. These are fictional novels, for goodness sake.
Did you get what the author was trying to tell you? Yes? no?
I did! And I enjoyed the romantic buildup between Grant and his Lady Patience with all their ups and downs and the shenanigans and innocence of all the young ladies. Let's face it, there couldn't have been too much for them to do while onboard the ship and out at sea that would keep them out of mischief.
This story has lots of fun scenes in it besides being a love story and the author has some really good mini tales that she wove into the main story making it very interesting.
Annette Blair, thank you for a sweet, funny, entertaining and very enjoyable start to this series.
I really liked Patience and Grant as leads. I even liked their complimentary tragic back stories.
What I didn't like was the formatting. There were paragraph spaces where there shouldn't me and it was impossible to tell what was a scene break and what was a mistake.
There were also an unconscionable amount of proofreading errors in something that had been previously published. Speaking of, the book could have lost at least three scenes and one character. In fact, Sophie just disappears and not deliberately near the end of the book.
So for those reasons I can only give this three stars.
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Will definitely look for more books by Annette Blair.