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A Tale of Two Lovers (The Writing Girls) Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2011
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While the writing is enjoyable - I had to skip vast swaths of this book because the female lead is such a disagreeable, spoiled character. I know that others review this book highly, but I couldn't - I enjoy likable main characters.
"A Tale of Two Lovers" is a very intriguing story with strong characters that do not always meet the definitive "good" or "bad" guy. Lady Julianna Somerset is a young widow whose deceased husband was a irresponsible and a profligate. Lady Somerset never wants to be dependent on another man so she gets a job as a gossip columnist. She has a rival whose column has been running for over 40 years in another newspaper.
In trying to scoop her rival, Julianna comes upon Lord Roxbury in a provocative position with a person apparently wearing trousers. Without confirming what she sees, Julianna insinuates in her column that Lord Roxbury has ran through so many women that now he may be having a tryst with the opposite sex. As you can imagine, this launches a major scandal and Lord Roxbury wants a retraction. Unfortunately for him, his father gives him an ultimatum to marry within 30 days. After reading the gossip column, no presentable lady of the ton would even entertain a proposal from him.
After a few run-ins, Lord Roxbury practically blackmails Julianna into marriage. Not giving away any spoilers, the couple go through plenty of ups and downs before happy ever after triumphs. This story was interesting because the heroine wasn't that likeable a character. You would not want to invite her in as a friend. She did not mind creating gossip about anyone else and destroying their lives but as soon as Lord Roxbury turned the tables on her, she had problems with someone making harming her reputation. I really enjoyed her getting her comeuppance although I still don't think she ever saw the errors of her ways. If you want to find a book that doesn't subscribe to the same old characterizations, this story will be enjoyable for you.
What makes authors think that being arrogant, pig-headed and self-pitying makes a heroine attractively independent?
At least the prose is competent.
I enjoyed this story. I couldn't put it down. The author made the story line easy to follow. I will have to say though, I would have thought a deeper conversation between Simon and Julianna should have happened. The author has her reveal some of her life with her 1st husband to Simon but not all. She tells him how her 1st husband died in a chaise or gig trying to drive it while trying to make love an actress, and drinking and to top all off he leaves what money he has to his mistress's and his bastards leaving her very little. How she refuses to get help from her parents because they disapproved of her elopement to her 1st husband. She strikes on her own and makes a living for herself. But I believe she should of have described her marriage to that man, what she endured while married to him. It was covered by recollections she has about her 1st husband that has made her who she is but never truly discussed with Simon. Simon has something to hide concerning his older brother that needs to be dealt with and Julianna asked him once but it was never discussed. This was missing from the story, it would have given more substance to the story. I would have preferred a different ending but that is me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. There were amazing characters, a solid plot, and the writing was flawless. The wit in the dialogue was spot on and I laughed out loud more than once while... Read morePublished 4 months ago by ladymegedwards
A Tale of Two Lovers is Maya Rodale's second book in her smart and funny Writing Girls series, about four young women in Regency era London making a modest and independent living... Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. E. Almaguer
You cannot go wrong with Maya Rodale. I've read all of her books! Tale of two lovers is another great book by an amazing author!Published on June 1, 2014 by beirne
This was another enjoyable listen in the Writing Girls series. The hero and heroine both strong characters and very likable. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Tracy T
This one was much better than the first. I loved Roxbury and Julianna. Some reviewers mentioned her gossip about Roxbury ruining his life but without it there wouldn't have been a... Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by Trish R.
Enjoyed reading this romance filled with humor and mystery. Maya Rodale has written several good romances which is why I chose this novel.Published on April 6, 2014 by Kindle Customer
It is 5:08 on a work day and I have just finished "A Tale of Two Lovers". While I will pay for it later today, I just couldn't' t put it down until I read the last page. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Brenda G. Herron