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The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior: The Seduction Diaries Kindle Edition
About the Author
Jennifer McQuiston is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Victorian-era historical romances, including the Second Sons series and the Seduction Diaries series. A veterinarian and infectious-disease researcher by training, she has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks.
Lana J. Weston is an audiobook narrator who has read several titles by romance author Jennifer McQuiston.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
A true romantic story that will leave you far more than satisfied.-- "Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick)"
Her impulsive nature and his gentle ways will endear the pair to readers, who will be cheering as Lucy and Thomas learn to trust one another and stop fighting their attraction...For fans of historical romance with feisty, feminist female characters who have soft spots for hunky lords.-- "Booklist"
Lana Weston's sparkling narration makes this second entry in McQuiston's Seduction Diaries shine...Each character in the story has a distinct voice, with a proper accent befitting his or her station. All emotions, especially humor, are given their due, further enhancing the story. Highly recommended for fans of smart historical romance.-- "AudioFile"
Lucy's feminist tendencies are refreshing, if somewhat surprising, given the Victorian ideas held by her parents. Thomas is a complicated and likable character, and the book has multiple threads of mystery that are not easily solved by the reader. An absorbing read.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
McQuiston continues her Seduction Diaries series with another smart, sexy, utterly delightful, and insightful tale...There's emotional depth, wonderful character growth, and passion, adding just what readers need to lift their spirits.-- "RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00U1TKRNK
- Publisher : Avon (24 November 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 1247 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 406 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 607,400 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The final head-banging, make-me-go-crazy dialioge between the TSL (too stupid to live) Lucy Westmore and the reformed rogue Lord Thomas Branston. The salacious conversation took place on a crowd train, 3rd class section, with a new mother & babe on one side of the couple and an older, leering man on the other. While they are squished between these passengers, who apparently can't hear, or don't care what they are saying, Lord Branston resorts to spouting lewd poetry in an effort to pique the interest of TSL Lucy. This is the line that finally caused me to chuck the book across the room : "and she had a lovely fine set of titties!" Of course, dear Lucy "gasped!" And Lord Branson continued "They are. I mean you do.", gesturing to her bosom. Ugh, ugh, ugh....no outrage from,all the other passengers packed like sardines around them, no outrage from stupid Lucy....
I could go on and on with more examples of the romp-style idiotic dialioge and plot of this book, but it would be a waste of both your time and mine.
If you still feel a burning desire to read this book, consider yourself warned.
What puzzles me is that Jennifer's first 3 books were so fun to read. Each one since then has gotten progressively worse. Read the first 3 and skip the rest.
Meanwhile, there's a certain Lord Branston who seems rather desperate to purchase Lucy's new property. Why? So Lucy's off to Cornwall (w/o parental knowledge or consent) to see what's what.
Lucy is impulsive, spirited, hoydenish, stubborn and, IMO, a big pain in the patootie, especially in her dealings with the hero Thomas, Lord Branston. When she gets an idea in her head she runs with it, with very little rational thought behind any of her decisions. I lost patience with her countless times and could not fathom why the hero falls so in love with her and has such endless patience. He obviously sees more in her than I ever did.
The hero, BTW, is far superior to the heroine. He's a kind, sensitive soul. Unfortunately, he also has some things about him I didn't quite get. He has a somewhat messy past in that he spent his early years after inheriting his title in an alcoholic haze. The reason for this drinking problem was not clear, but because of his reckless, immature life choices, he didn't pay enough attention to his younger sister, with rather tragic results. And that, of course, led to more drinking and more navel gazing and then to his self-exile in Cornwall.
When Lucy arrives in Cornwall, she finds herself in a small village that's in economic straits, full of quirky characters, many poor and superstitious, and none willing to take her to her aunt's cottage located far from town. There's a bit of a subplot about why the former fishing town is having such woes, why the neighboring town is so prosperous, why sensitive soul Thomas wants to own Lucy's inherited property. And there's the spinster issue, with Lucy reading her aunt's diary while hanging around in Cornwall.
Will Lucy gain any insights into what life as a spinster entails? Will we learn more about our hero's past woes? Will Lucy stop, for once, being such an impulsive knee-jerker and see Thomas for what he is? Can the town be brought back to economic solvency? Will both Lucy and Thomas become more reconciled to things in their past and their relationships with family members? (Hint: This is a romance novel.)
There's an interesting industry vs environment issue running through this. This and Thomas's part in it are perhaps the best thing about this book. The worst thing about the story is the heroine. I hope she finally grows up and gets a clue about proper behavior. Thomas deserves better than Lucy. But, hey, it's not for me to say. He loves her.
Is it the author’s talent to create such an upsetting character m, but it worked.
I was angry at her for being too stubborn to listen nor give some thoughts before taking matter in hands.
The parallel with her aunt’s diary were so flagrant, I was kicking over the traces of her idiocy and impossibility to see past her nose.
I hoped she would see beyond the appearances, and give Thomas a chance.
But she kept rejecting him, refusing his help.
Yes, he has flaws and some secrets but his reasons were not dictated by greed, more to find an alternai solution.
After when I think of the story, it was set during a short span of time, so Lucy were not able to understand everything is a so short period, why she acted so dumbly at some point, thinking like the spoiled lady she is and not realizing her project to live alone has some defects.
Hopefully the last quarter of the book redeemed the heroine as she made her mission to right some wrongs around her and save her hero.