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- Print Length: 236 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 10, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017TWFFVU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story is really engaging and it kept me reading until the end. I stayed up late to finish this book and it was really worth it. The characters were well-developed and I love Alexandria and Julian.
A must read!!!
Alexandria Templeton, a wallflower to the extreme, lives on the estate of her brother-in-law, Walter Hinsdale, Duke of Linden, and her sister Joanna, the new duchess. Her sister has been ill for several days. To Alexandria's chagrin, Walter cruelly tells her, "Starting tomorrow, I will be contacting several of my acquaintances, to see who would be wiling to take you off my hands." She goes for a ride and starts weeping in the woods..... and gets kidnapped by a very handsome man.
Alexandria is unaware that her kidnapper is Julian Grey Stratford, the rightful Duke of Linden. Julian believes Walter (unsuccessfully) had him killed in order to inherit the dukedom. He is hoping the duchess can help him find evidence to convict Walter. Only, Alexandria is the duchess' sister!
What I liked
*I thought the plot was a very good set up: a painfully shy heroine who likes to write stories, a wronged hero, and a bit of a mystery. Also, I was very definitely surprised at one point, which is always fun!
What I didn't like
*This was definitely a case of insta-love between the hero and heroine.
*Alexandria has been writing mystery novels for four years. (Mystery novels were not prevalent in 1812, from what I can see on Wikipedia.) This is one of several examples that make this story seem out of period.
*There were many places with incorrect word choice. "Keeping his ears in check, he listened for any sounds at all that would tell him where she's gone." In this case, the correct word would have been she'd.
*Higgins pushes the envelope a bit in her definition of sweet/clean, just as a warning. For me, the story went over the line.
I will not be reading more from Marie Higgins, unfortunately. It seems like her other books are rated decently highly, so maybe this one is a fluke. But I felt this story needed more editing before it was released, and I was frustrated while reading it. (Note: I read this as part of the Sweet Summer Kisses collection, so it's possible some issues have been fixed.)
I'd recommend this to fans of clean Regency who aren't worried about the items on my list of dislikes.
The plot was interesting with twists, but the story suffers from having the wrong time setting, a hero with an affected eye (he keeps "winking"), and a highly improbable and unlikely resolution of the underlying mystery. Maybe taking another hundred pages and showing how some of these actions occurred would have made the story more plausible, but it is also suffering from having a 20th Century attitude. Certainly the nod to the era isn't really accepted as the Heroine is in "night clothes" for the majority of the final chapter. There is little character development in the story. And, really, WHY is the hero winking so much? A wink may be intended to convey a "secret" meaning, but given that the hero and heroine are not with others when this affliction occurs, there appears to be no rational reason for a wink.
I do not recommend this book.