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- Publisher: Edwards and Williams (November 17, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 17, 2016
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- Language: English
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Home from his stay on the Continent where Jareth had fled three years previously, after his scandalous behavior as it related to one of his supposed partners in dalliance, he is now, it seems, a more humble person with pockets to let. His big brother has a proposition for Jareth which is actually a type of quest. He has compiled a list of ten ladies that Jareth must seek out and not only ask, but receive forgiveness from, in order for Jareth to be rewarded with an estate of his own.
There is a kind of sweet, humility about Jareth and one gets the feeling that most of the mishaps in his past came from youthful desires and a somewhat ignorance of many aspects of life, rather than a cruel and unfeeling nature. In fact, it's obvious that what finally sent him running to the Continent was in effect a situation misrepresented and misunderstood by most of Society.
Relative to the quest Jareth is set upon - we aren't privy to the details about the first nine items on the list - only that Jareth had no difficulties obtaining forgiveness from all the ladies named. This story is centered upon the tenth lady - that would be Eloise Watkin. We are aware from the outset there's obviously more to Jareth's and Eloise's past than meets the eye.
In fact, Eloise will not forgive Jareth unless he fulfills some tasks she sets before him. Through these tasks, the wounding Eloise suffered due to the circumstances surrounding her and Jareth's past are slowly unveiled. One is quite humorous, others are not. In fact, when the nitty gritty details are revealed, they are not easy to digest. I found it interesting how Ms. Scott brought out the egos and sensitivities of males in general into the storyline in order to either excuse some poor behavior, or perhaps simply to explain that it is a part and parcel of life - generally speaking. Note, I say "generally speaking" because the men in my sphere do not like it when I mention common male attributes as though all males have difficulties with their egos, etc. I plead innocence of implying anything about such matters even though I do have my own thoughts which I shall keep to myself. If that set of comments is too vague to be understood, it was intentional. But, hopefully, interested readers can "read" between the lines or not.
**Spoilers* At any rate, I found this storyline very interesting. I'm one of the last readers who will excuse truly bad behavior in my heroes. In this case, I found I was able to forgive Jareth - mostly. Yes, Eloise was responsible for her own behavior but as is usual, she suffered long and hard for five years. Jareth really needed a comeuppance. Still not sure that he didn't get off a bit too easily.
I'm glad that I read Utterly Devoted before a previous title in this series, The Irredeemable Miss Renfield, not only because the latter is sufficiently inferior that it may have put me off reading any more of Scott's work, but also because it included spoiler details that would have reduced the tension that is built in Utterly Devoted when read as a standalone, without that prior knowledge.
A strong 3 1/2 stars.
One of the women he's wronged is Eloise Watkin, the girl he's never really forgotten.
Well, it turns out she's never forgotten him either. Just when she thought she was moving on from her bad past, finally becoming the woman of character she wanted to be, he's back! Terrified he'll reveal her past -- and more so, that she will lose her heart again -- Eloise faints at the sight of him.
When the two talk, and he seeks her forgiveness, she makes him meet three tests... Or at least, that is the plan.
I liked this story because the characters weren't overly emotional, but you could feel the depth of their (especially her) emotions in the writing. I also thought it was good the way Eloise and her father had a sort of reconciliation near the end. He never knew of the trouble she got into with Jareth, and when he found out, he wished he's have been there for her more. (He was basically absent from her life after her mother's death.)
I also liked it that Eloise had truly reformed. She was sorry she'd gotten so involved with a rake. (At only 15, she had believed the words he said to her, and thought he truly loved her.) Although Jareth was certainly a cad, he seems to be steadily reforming through the story, although some of it is obviously from his growing love for Eloise.
Of course, through various problems and humorous situations, everything is resolved happily ever after. The book was fun to read and well-written, and at no point in the story did I feel like throwing the book down or saying, "That's stupid!"