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- Publication Date: November 18, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B077LZXYN1
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Basically, the hero (if we must call him such) marries a girl because he gives not a single damn about her. When he proposed, he couldn't even be bothered to remember her name! He plans to wed her, screw her until she gets pregnant, and leave her languishing on one of his minor estates while he returns to his mistress. This is STILL his plan 85% through. Oh, and for at least 50% he does nothing but insult the heroine, as she rightfully points out. Clearly this man is no prize.
Not that the heroine is a prize either. For one, she accepted the proposal of a man who doesn't know her name either at the proposal or the wedding. He insults her as they leave the wedding, then commands her not to cry, but, of course, she keeps thinking that somehow this will all work out... no matter how emotionally and verbally abusive he is. Oh, and the reason this grown man's emotional abuse is (supposedly) acceptable (it's not) is because of his manpain over his parents fighting when he was a kid.
Lets break this down for a second: his excuse for verbally abusing his wife is that his mother emotionally abused his father. Oh boy, no red flags there. I'm sure things will work out juuust fine...
Anyway, the heroine vascillates between thinking her husband is cruel and heartless, and somehow believing that they will miraculously evolve into a healthy relationship because he gives good sex or because of the magic of Christmas or...something. I don’t know, just anything other than man developing empathy by spanking his inner brat and growing up.
Then she pulls the too dumb to live stunt.
yadda yadda, HEA achieved with minimal introspection and even less communication.
I've liked other Eaton books, but this goes into the pile with the forgotten fiance one and the one with the awful redhead. Stories where I just cannot stand one main character and think the other main character is either a damn fool or a masochist for sticking with the first one.
This did not give me the warm fuzzy Christmas feels. There are better regency Christmas novellas. Eaton, herself, has written better Christmas novellas.
She says yes when the Duke of Rearingdon(aka Eric) asks her to marry him even though he gets her name wrong and calls her Catherine instead of Caroline. He married her because he thinks she is malleable. She is kind, sweet, loving, but definitely not malleable.
Eric was raised by his parent's butler because his father was too drunk and his mother too callous and cold to bother. Fortunately, his butler did a fairly good job except he never discussed real love with Eric. So Eric became a bit of a mysogynist, never trusting any woman. He became cold and callous. He does not make it clear until after they are married that he views his marriage as a marriage of convenience. It ends up being very inconvenient for sweet Caroline.
Eric spends little time with Caroline during the day, mostly ignoring her, even though she makes clear she needs to be loved, not the way Eric thinks of love (his parents relationship was not loving). Caroline has some very good lines as she stands up for what she wants. Not material things; everyone sees that she is not materialistic except Eric.
By the end of this quick read, Eric does finally realizes his unearned extremely good luck on having accidentally married a non-materialistic loving woman.
Not quite 5 stars but very good.
Eric is perpetually insulting and plans on having mistresses galore once Caroline is pregnant with what he assumed with male arrogance will be a son on the first try, which behavior is just like his mother's whom he hates with a passion. For some reason, Caroline falls in love with him and is like the Duke's father, always striving to please a heartless person, except for the random outbursts of anger.
I get Caroline up to a point. If I found myself married to an ogre, I just might cry a little bit as well and hope naively that things might get better. But I also would have tried to never marry him in the first place, especially if he couldn't even remember my name when he proposed.
-She decides life with a stranger would be better than life with her mother, but then later in the book thinks about how much her mother loved her.
-No Butler would speak to a duke like that, and no maid would self-appoint herself to be a lady's maid.
-Even a jerk of a man would guide his bride to the door of the house, rather than dumping her at the driveway and going who knows where. He has a reputation to keep up, and years of training on how to treat ladies.
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Speaking of Caroline she is supposed to be an Earls daughter which means that she would never have even considered asking a servant to call her by her first name the social mores of the time would not permit it; Even the servants that had brought her up and would have been closer than her family in many ways, would have called her Lady Caroline or my Lady both to her face and among themselves. Eric treats her as a huge social inferior at times but an Earl is only one down from a Duke and they are the the highest members of the aristocracy in England (originally Earls were the highest levels of Saxon aristocracy and only demoted to second after the Norman conquest as William was Duke of Normandy).
Overall a very poor attempt at a modern story dumped in the 1860's given that she doesn't like Crinolines and that was the only period they were worn. By the way, no riding habit would have a bustle in any age - women wore trousers under extra long skirts to ensure a graceful drape of skirt over the side of the horse without any chance of showing a leg.
But, firstly, I always have a little problem with short stories and how the 'turn arounds' come so quickly. This is more than a novella, but really not quite enough for the plot to be more detailed. There were a few things that irritated me. Caroline was supposed to be the daughter of an earl. So why was she asking servants to call her by her first name? In that level of society, and particularly at that era, only one's closest family and friends were so familiar. And Caroline would know that from the earliest childhood. I know that wolves were a knowing anachronism, but there is also the mistaken belief that in England (as opposed to the Highlands of Scotland!) that in winter there is heavy snow, which lies for weeks. This rarely happens. Despite being quite far north, we have cool, wet, muddy winters, with a few bright, frosty times thrown in. Coaches might well get stuck in impassably muddy roads, but an inch or two of snow, which melts in a day, is about all we get! Finally, there were few references to titles, but even so there was one mistake. Caroline's mother was referred both as Lady Patricia Wentworth and Lady Wentworth. These are two quite different people! The latter one is correct (the wife of a peer, whose title is Wentworth). The former is the honorific 'Lady' in front of the first and surname of the daughter of an earl, marquess or duke. It usually indicates an unmarried lady (although, if such a lady were to marry a many who was a plain mister, she could keep this honorific but swap her surname for his). I am sorry if this sounds like nitpicking. But to anyone who knows, it is very glaring. Anyway, the story does not need to know Lady Wentworth's first name!
I will not be put off reading Jillian Eaton's books, but just feel that this one cannot rise higher than three stars.
Not a gripping one that you can't put down but worthy of a good read
I'm glad it was free... I would have been more dissatisfied with the author if I had paid for the book...