An avid academic and aspiring scientist, Edward Banks, Lord Watson is pleased to find that he won't have to bother with the nonsense involved in courting a young lady. Young and naive, it doesn't take much for her social-climbing father to convince Regina the gentleman she's to marry has requested her hand out of love, but devastates her when she learns the truth. Now, it's up to a gentleman who's more comfortable in a conservatory than a drawing room to prove to Regina that she's more than just the proverbial sacrificial lamb that helped gain her family their foot in Society's door and that he - if no other gentleman - is trustworthy. But he just might be the one doing the learning as he'll be forced to acknowledge that sometimes the most combustible elements aren't the ones you control, but the ones you don't.
©2012 C. Rose Gordon (P)2013 C. Rose Gordon
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"Sometimes it's the man"
In this novel, a belief based on a lie left uncorrected leads to the misunderstanding that is the impetus of the plot. I like it that the hero has to work for the survival of the relationship, and the heroine gains strength and a belief in her own self-worth. There is growth in both characters. But I do have a problem, though it is not unique to this book. The girl saw him from the top of the stairs and decided she was in love with him. Her roommate's brother introduced them, they shared perhaps 10 words before a crisis interrupted the conversation, then she pined away for him for the entire Season. I hate the "love at first sight" plot device. Why can't it be a tingle at first sight, or just outright lust? Well, I guess girls didn't know sexual interest from love back then, but wouldn't they have the sense to want to know the guy before committing to him with their whole hearts and/or other body parts? At any rate, this was a fun listen.
Words like, gentle, kindness, thoughtfulness, and respect come to mind as adjectives in describing the male lead in this book, Edward. I appreciated the maturity in which the characters were portrayed. Rose Gordon is a wonderful author.
I would definitely recommend this book. The narration is well done and each character has a clear and distinct voice.
"You're killing me, Rose Gordon!"
Only in the best way, of course! I've really been enjoying your books! After finishing the Groom series, I started this series and I see where some of those characters got their ways and why the townhouse was decorated so oddly. I also got the biggest laugh when you explained what the wax statues loin cloth covered. I love little touches like that in a book. The epilogue was a tearjerker, especially knowing what I've read in other books. While it doesn't take much to bring me to tears, it does take getting my emotions involved and a good story! :-) ♡
"I enjoyed this one!"
I was listening to the audio edition!!
I hate this question... Books aren't meant to be compared unless its within a series or authors work. This was a almost typical regency romance... but just that.
A voice... the enjoyment of listening to it and feeling comfortable with the listen the whole way thru. That alone says a lot.
Several. But the moment when they finally turn the corner and get it, at last.
Its been a few days since this listen, a couple of books ago. But I still feel that it was a overall smooth story, a comfortable listen. I enjoyed the ease of it. There was no truly great mystery or any overwhelming hurdles... but it was sweet. A LOVE story! Worth a credit? I don't know. If your looking just for love then maybe.
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