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A traditional Regency romance, drawing room rather than bedroom.
Caroline Milburn and her younger sisters live in two cramped rooms, struggling to survive by their skills in lace making and weaving. When their previously unknown grandfather drowns on the Brig Minerva and bequeaths them a cottage in the country, their lives seem set to improve. But where will the daughters of a linen draper fit into rural life, now that they are better off? How will Caroline find husbands for her younger sisters? Why have purses of money been buried in the garden? And why are the neighbours so interested in them?
Charles Leatham was happy in the army, where all he had to do was to follow orders. With both his older brothers dead, he’s forced to return home and he knows where his duty lies - he must marry, and soon, to secure the inheritance. He doesn’t care who he marries, but why is his step-mother so keen to pair him with the ill-bred linen draper’s daughter? She’s a termagant and a shrew, but he always follows orders so he resigns himself to the inevitable. At least she’ll be grateful for the offer...won’t she?
This is a complete story with a HEA. Book two of a six book series.
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I can say I really liked any of the characters. They were either selfish, manipulative, conniving, stupid, self satisfied prig, bad-tempered, naive, gold-digger; or a combination of all.
The Hero, is an ex-army Captain, yet with his traits, you wonder how he made it to that rank.
The Heroine apparently has been looking after her sisters for years. They have no discipline, and she is unable to deal with them. Despite the fact they have lived on the poverty line, she can't see they are surrounded by sharks. Instead she spends the whole time explaining why she doesn't fit in a higher society.
The secondary characters don't add to the story, they are part of its downfall.
I will not be following this series as it can only get worse.
- Laurie S
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I love this author’s work. This one was a slightly slower start for me than others, but as the characters and the rhythm of the story unfolded, I looked forward to my listening time each evening. This is a book with nuance to enjoy. It has characters who grow delightfully. I appreciated it for everything it is not. It’s not a rollicking action-packed regency with sexual overload and high angst. Thank goodness there are writers out there who still know how to give readers a unique, clean story. The narrator is talented and does each voice quite well. The narrative can sometimes seem slightly dramatic, but it fits the content and lends a little playfulness as the book progresses. I look forward to the next one,
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