I had hopes for this, given the reviews, but I was disappointed. It was better than some in terms of historical accuracy but not good enough. Women didn’t wear corsets, they wore stays, children had nurses not nannies, and there were worse inaccuracies like referring to genetics well over a century before the gene was discovered! I didn’t feel like people behaved with Regency manners either - it was all too informal, with ladies and her maids being super pally in that way of modern novels, because the author feels it would reflect badly on their heroines if they observed the class system of the time.
The heroine was sometimes problematic for me, too. I certainly don’t think someone in that period would have told a man they barely knew how their family’s financial circumstances were compelling them to marry someone repugnant to them. Cordelia does this, despite the fact that this is very much airing dirty linen in public and breaching her family’s confidence. I’m sure at the time this would have been considered distinctly dishonourable. Her siblings (she has six or seven of them) are all dismissed as vain and selfish. Really? It defies all logic to suggest that a family could bring up one sensible daughter (indeed the eldest who necessarily helps to bring up the rest) and all the other children would be unremittingly awful. This is clearly a plot device to save the author from having to write more complex family dynamics but it reflects badly on Cordelia that she should be so happy to tell the hero how awful her whole family is, which she does several times.
My last gripe is that this author, like so many, feels compelled to state the obvious over and over again. “Cordelia tossed her head, displaying approval of Bessie’s courage and moral fibre”. Aargh! You don’t need to tell me why people nod or shake their heads and you don’t need to explain everything they’re thinking and why they’re thinking it. Show don’t tell is what writers are advised to do, but sadly, this advice is not often followed. Why do authors like this so rarely allow us to read between the lines? The result is a complete inability to convey a story with any drama or sense of romance. I got so fed up I didn’t finish it.
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- Print Length: 215 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07Q6RWVCQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 10 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)