If you are a Regency purist this isn't the book for you!
The dialogue of the supposed English upper-class characters is distinctly modern American, peppered with British slang. This includes such shockers as the host of the house party referring to his titled male guest as "old sod"!! This reference is derived from the word "sodomite" - and would have resulted in great offence being taken, if not a challenge to a duel issued! One of the upper class ladies also uses the reference "not a lick of sense" in speaking of a fellow guest - definitely a no-no for a gently-bred lady of the times. Scattered throughout, are some slang terms which are distinctly British lower-class, and unlikely to be used by "gentlemen" of the period.
Having said all that, I don't wish to be too harsh, as the authoress has taken pains to provide some authentic details too. I picked up a bit of interesting knowledge of the bathing practises of the time ... which quite amazingly, for all the elegance required of the higher society, occured as little as possible! (Yuck!)Also, as our heroine Eleanor is concerned with the fashions of the time, there is quite a bit of description of gowns & etc., too.
If you can deal with the clashing mixture of Americanised/British upper/lower class dialogue, the story itself is an interesting one, and ends happily for all the likeable parties... plus the ghosts!
So - if you're looking for a light,interesting, romantic "read" this is the one for you.
Also containing a few references to Jane Austen herself, her works,the terrific value of collectible items of hers nowadays, and a bit of dialogue (including advice for our heroine) from Miss Austen herself.
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