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- Print Length: 466 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1541328728
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- Publication Date: January 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N387E9B
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The two main male protagonists are Lady Jane’s stepmother’s cousin, Sir Hugh Cameron, a military man and government spy, and Phillip Latham, the Earl of Stanton, who is also a solicitor. Both hold the view that the roles and places of the sexes are clearly defined by Society. This attitude is more pronounced in Latham, and goes down like a lead balloon with Margaret especially, who holds very definite views on women’s capabilities and intelligence.
Up to chapter 16 few attempts at finding any clues have been made by the two women, although they have found one; the book being taken up with a ball, dinner parties and daily comings and goings. A large part of the book seemed to be spent on the discord between the female/male protagonists and I felt it lasted too long as I began to become bored with chapter after chapter of this. The syntax in some places is confusing with words that don’t make sense and I found the dialogue stilted in places.
From chapter 27 onwards the book almost descended into farce for me. It was just too implausible and too many contradictory things happened: she was gagged but she screamed; she was tightly bound but freed herself easily. A man fighting for his life turns away to look at a woman?
I almost dread to add that there are several anachronisms in the book, such as “I am sorry for your loss”, “men have the capability to be in touch with their feminine side”, “quality time with her father”, “Ms”, “I guess there is no way”. Lady Jane’s eyes went from blue to green and back to blue, while Margaret’s eyes went from emerald green to dark. Wellington Manor turned into Wellingford and back again.
The worst mistake is the very foundation on which the story rests, and is one that even the most basic research would have revealed.
However, I was pleased to note the (mostly) correct use of titles and forms of address, including the Misses Smith, instead of the usual cringe-making Miss Smiths.
As an avid reader of Regency novels, I think the writing needs to be tightened up and inconsistencies caught with editing/proofreading. 2.5 stars. Revised.