- File Size: 512 KB
- Print Length: 193 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Belgrave House/Regency Reads (October 18, 2010)
- Publication Date: October 18, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0047T7EA4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,819 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I think my favourites were A Conformable Wife and The Aunt and the Ancient Mariner as they have all the ingredients of the best light Regency romances - wit, adventure and far from perfect heroes and heroines. Overall this book is an entertaining read.
Carola Dunn is one of my favorite authors. My keeper file has 20 of her delightful romances. Her writing is always well-paced and subtly humorous. Her characters are real people and though she writes the standard tropes, they feel refreshed under her hand. That she took time to consider the mature lovers makes my happy place very sunny indeed.
The Dower House
Despite this being a novella, time was allowed for romance to develop. How I adore stories that allow for interest to transform to romance! Alas, because it is a novella, 88% of this happens off page. Topping that, we find two romances in this story, so the romance is mostly focused on the younger folks. There are circumstances, internal drama and a bit of eye-rolling trope nonsense but overall it is a well done novelette. Totally a comfy read without stress or angst. Well, except, there is a bit of math involved at the end, you might have a flash back to painful elementary school moments.
A Conformable Wife
There was excellent background for the characters of this story. Plenty of time for romance to begin, but they spent it apart with only 2 letters between them. One day and night on the road and they were in love. I enjoyed the Much Ado references and the dialog when they finally spent time together but it just wasn't enough, even in a novella, for the grand declaration. The wedding scene was pricelessly perfect. Not bad, just not enough.
The Aunt and the Ancient Mariner
This is a favorite of mine. I loved it the first time I read it and still do the hundredth time. Poetry, music, and excellent dialog, plus a man that recognizes the value of a gentle spirit meeting a woman that is loving and finds joy in many little things is just about the most perfect recipe for romance. This is one of the few novellas I don't end up feeling was too short. It seemed just right to me.
This is a nice flashback story of childhood friendship that blossomed to love but was thwarted, so it isn't really a mature lovers romance. It's pleasantly told, makes you laugh and sigh, but the actual romance is all "Previously, on Pirate Pendragon." I would've enjoyed it more if the story focused on the people they became rather than the children they were, but it's a novella, so there you go. There's also a big secret that gets revealed and is left ... emotionally unexplored and that didn't set well with me. It's an enjoyable read but I suspect after the Aunt and Ancient Mariner, no story would seem as well done.
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