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As for the twins thing-
I've seen some criticism over the incidence of boy/girl identical twins in the book. It is a fair criticism in that it is genetically impossible to have boy/girl sets in what we refer to as "identical twins." However, fraternal twins can be boy/girl sets, and fraternal twins can appear nearly identical. The Olsen twins are a good example of fraternal twins who appear almost identical, but are not actually "identical twins."
I grew up with identical twins and fraternal twins in my extended family, so the subject is of interest to me. The difference between fraternal and identical terms is essentially this. Identical (monozygotic) twins are the result of one egg being fertilized and then splitting into two identical eggs. Though we refer to these types of twins as "identical," even they are not truly identical, even in the genetic sense. Fraternal (dizygotic) are two separate eggs to begin with and are therefore not identical. As I mentioned before, the Olsen twins are fraternal twins who are extraordinarily similar in appearance.
There are also "semi identical" twins which happens when two sperm fertilize one egg, which then splits into two eggs. Because the father's DNA determines sex and they are fertilized by different sperm, you can have boy and girl "semi-identical" twins.
Or there are "half-identical" or (polar) twins. This is still a theory and not proven yet from what I understand, but basically one egg splits into two eggs before being fertilized. The two eggs are then fertilized by two different sperm, so they would share a large amount of genetic material. Obviously there would be a lot of similarity in the children and could probably result in different sexes since two different sperm are involved.
Twins can even be of different races. White and black twin girls were born in the U.K. a few years back. An African American girl and white boy were born in Ohio a year or so ago. Another set of boys, one black one white, were born to a German couple back in the 90's.
Since people would not have had the benefit of understanding genetics as we now do during the time period of the book, I didn't think the reference was a big deal. It's easy to think fraternal twins with a very similar appearance might have been referred to as "identical." Maybe Lucy and Lucien were fraternal twins like the Olsens. Maybe they were semi-identical. Maybe they were even half-identical. It really didn't matter to me. Even if that type of twinning is rare, it's possible, so I didn't have a problem at all with it. The plot works and it provided an interesting twist.
Wikepedia has a pretty good explanation on twinning if anyone interested, but the link won't show here.
As for the book-
There appeared to be a fair amount of research which showed in small details in the book. I'll be looking for the next book in the series. I definately plan to read it and hope it is as enjoyable as the first.
My advice to the author: do your research.
The H sets out to seduce the h very early on and she literally falls into his bed without a thought of pregnancy etc. She has decided she doesn't want to get married, ever, because she'll lose her independence and control over her own money. What money???? The H offers marriage out of duty and she refuses. It's clear to both that the offer is insincere because she isn't good enough for a Marquis. Secondly she decides to race in place of her brother so she can win money to pay the blackmailer. At one point her friend says that the h and her brother are identical twins. What?? How on earth can a male and female be identical twins??? This phrase is repeated so many time during the book and was annoying because of the impossibility of it. The h has so many TSTL moments before half way into the book, which include forging her brothers signature on a bank cheque to the blackmailer and on the contract with the H. When her brother recovers, does she tell him what she's done or that she is going to race? Obviously not. None of it is plausible or logical for the times and I doubt that anyone in that day would have signed a contract like the H did, without making sure the brother was in the picture. Again the H finds out that the h plans to race and he is going to stop her but does he do it well in time? Of course not. He makes a public spectacle of her instead of protecting her. I could seriously go on and on but I'm sure that I've given an idea of what to expect from this book. Too many plot problems and impossibly modern.
I despised the H for seducing an innocent and TSTL h because she was of a lower class. After discovering all of her lies and deceit, he decides he is in love with her. It wasn't convincing and I didn't care. Even after he confronts her, she continues to lie to him and won't admit to anything.
I cannot recommend this book and if I could've returned it for a refund, in good conscience, I woud have. I do sympathise with the author as this is a debut book in this genre and it isn't riddled with grammar and spelling mistakes. Unfortunately all the mistakes are period related and then there is of course that annoying identical twin thing.
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