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The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne (Fairbourne Quartet) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2012
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Madeline Hunter is a two-time RITA award winner and seven-time finalist, and has more than twenty-five nationally bestselling historical romances in print. A member of RWA’s Honor Roll, her books have been on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. More than six million copies of her books are in print and her novels have been translated into thirteen languages. She has a PhD in art history, which she teaches at the university level.
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There was a rather spectacular misunderstanding early on that was laugh out loud funny, and I really think I have rarely read such a genuinely amusing scene. Usually I find that the harder an author tries to be humorous, the more contrived and less funny it seems. This scene reminded me somewhat of the scenes in Joan Smith's Perdita.
No need, really, to mention that Madeline Hunter's writing is excellent - but that, combined with the unusual premise of a Lord owning a partner's share in a commercial enterprise like an auction house, strong-willed and intelligent characters, and plausible sub-plots like treason, espionage and smuggling make this book a treat. The romance is lovely, as well, particularly if you enjoy the process of falling in love and the sexual tension that results. Hunter does romance just beautifully!
I do agree with other reviewers who note that this book is not like some of her others. It is not; it is clearly different - but that difference in this case is not bad, in my opinion. I found this to be a lovely, romantic read - a story that lingers with you long after you've reached the end.
But then I noticed Old Latin Teacher had recommended the book and since her recommendations have given me so many great books up until now, I gave this one a try too. I`m so glad I did (thank you, OLT).
What I really enjoyed about this book - and what will have me buy more of Madeline Hunters books - was how she let love grow slowly. I dislike books where the hero and the heroine fall instantly in love and you have a full book with both of them pining for the other one. I also enjoyed how she let the hero and the heroine get slowly adjusted to each other. They had plenty of things working against them and it would have been entirely incredible if they`d fallen into each other`s arms on page three.
The book was very well written and the characters and situations were credible. There were a lot of emotions in this book but Madeline Hunter showed them in a very clever way which made it all the more lovely to read.
Both hero and heroine were lovable and annoying in just that perfect mixture that makes you want to see things end well for them but you`re not on a sugary overdose after two chapters.
In a world of very predictable and boring historical romances this book offered me something else - something more. I`m glad I found a new author to read because I was afraid I`d run out of good historical romances - having read so many inferior ones lately.