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Springtime Pleasures (A Love for every Season) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 28, 2013
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A "small jewel of a story"
~ LoveLetter Magazin
"Sandra Schwab is definitely blooming and blossoming and I'm dying for more of her books. [...] Overall, this was a cute and fun and simply adorable."
~ CaroleRae's Random Ramblings
"Springtime Pleasures is a light-hearted, captivating and well-researched book with unexpected depths. Schwab's characters are lovable, distinctly-cut personalities, the setting, Regency London, positively springs to life on the page, and the elegant yet tongue-in-cheek style is equally amusing and a joy to read."
~ Customer review on AmazonDE
About the Author
Sandra Schwab started writing her first novel when she was seven years old. Twenty-odd years later, telling stories is still her greatest passion, even though by now she has exchanged her pink heart-dotted fountain pen for a computer keyboard (black, no hearts). She lives in a suburb of Frankfurt on the Main, Germany, with a sketchbook, a sewing machine, and altogether too many books. Visit Sandra's website at: www.SandraSchwab.com
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The basic plot here is not new. Hero Viscount Chanderley must marry an unexceptionable, socially-acceptable woman, but he falls in love with Miss Carlotta Stanton, who's about as exceptional as they come but not in a socially-accepted way. She's a force of nature, a breath of fresh air. As a graduate of Miss Pinkerton's Academy for Young Ladies in Scotland, she can drive carriages and phaetons, protect herself from highwaymen, wield a crutch as a weapon, shoot straight, kill wild boars, discuss at length about catching and gutting fish, and more. What she can't do is be society's ideal Perfect Woman.
It's a fun story and well written and even has its moments of seriousness about women's role in society and their powerlessness against spousal control and abuse. And it has the added attraction of having few errors. I recently read another Kindle romance that had ridiculous errors on every page so this was a welcome romance read. An author who is actually literate!
What I also like about Schwab's books is her nods to works of literature and even to movies or pop culture. Here she was inspired by Thackeray's VANITY FAIR, Frances Hodgson Burnett's Emily Fox-Seton Being "The Making of a Marchioness" and "The Methods of Lady Walderhurst" (which I just read a week ago, coincidentally) and cartoonist Ronald Searle's series about St. Trinian's School for uncontrollable girls, to name a few. This adds a bit of interest to what is often an uninspired genre, the historical romance.
So why not 4 stars? The story is clever and funny. Unfortunately, it is a romance and I did not like the hero, Viscount Chanderley. He was uninspiring, weak, a bit whiny, and I felt that Carlotta deserved someone with more backbone and character. It's not enough to be tall and handsome. If his aunt hadn't gotten him off his tush at the end of the novel, he'd probably still be sitting there drinking and feeling sorry for himself.
She and her friend meet up with a robber on the way there, and what were the poor girls to do but overwhelm him -- and Charlie takes his blunderbuss. After arriving in town, she discovers her relatives are less than thrilled to have her. She has a cousin who has had a few seasons and has yet to receive an offer.
At her first ball Charlie dances and is in heaven until she overheard the general consensus -- she is too tall, wears ugly glasses and her dresses are abominable. Of course her attire is made up cast offs from her cousin who is much shorter and more busty. But she meets Isabelle, a young woman confined to a wheelchair. The two become friends almost immediately. Our hero is Isabelle's brother, Chanderly.
This poor fellow is considered a disgrace by his parents. They hold him responsible for the death of his older brother and the cause of his sister's physical disability. They tell him he must do his duty and find a respectable wife. Charlie might be an odd choice but she makes him feel alive for the first time in years. And she brings Isabelle out of her shell.
There are some humorously romantic situations as the couple grows closer, and it almost breaks the reader's heart. You just know she cannot bring herself to behave like some delicate flower. Charlie takes life on no matter what it throws at her.
I won't give away the entire story -- the reader must enjoy the pleasure themselves. There are despicable relatives, as well as society for the couple to deal with.
I highly, highly recommend this one! It is a keeper in my opinion. I know I will be reading it again.
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