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A Question of Honor [Mass Market Paperback]

Nita Abrams

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When he is kidnapped along with his sister's governess, the mysterious Rachel Maitland Ross, Captain Richard Drayton, marked for death by a traitor, finds himself powerfully drawn to the spirited beauty, succumbing to forbidden desire, but when Rachel refuses his offer of marriage, he becomes determ

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 23 Oct 2002
By Susan Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I came to this book with rather high expectations, having seen comment about it here and elsewhere. It was, for me somewhere between 3 and 4 stars.
The problem was that it was more of an adventure story than romance, although adventure can add to rather than detract from romance if it is skilfully done and an enhancement to character development.
However, my problem with this book was that I never really warmed to the hero who was very juvenile and underdeveloped. He made astoundingly bad judgements repeatedly and seemed slow to learn. Handled correctly, these could have been sympathetic flaws but I am afraid I found them simply annoying.
The book gets 4 stars from me because the author examined and developed the theme of Judaism in early 19th century Britain and she did her homework. This is a subject I doubt has been much used in historical romantic fiction set in the Regency and the author did a super job of explaining the difficulties and problems Jews had at that time. In fact, the most romantic and sympathetic character in the story is the heroine's brother, James Nathanson.
The book's story of intrigue and adventure in Wellington's Quatermaster General's department is done well and the author has done her research. My main problem is that Capt Richard Drayton just does not stand out in the setting in which the author places him.
I have Nita Abrams next book in what appears to be a mini-series and hope to find her improving with this book. She clearly has talent and writes well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted! 19 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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What a read! I recently took this on my vacation with me and found myself sneaking away to find time to read more! It's one of those rare books you are so sad to finish! I loved the characters--all of them--and was especially impressed by the depth behind them. The historical elements of the story were equally alluring. It is really a wonderful story filled with rich character development and the plot is extremely well thought out--with all the twists and turns of a mystery, the allure of romance, and the intelligence of a talented author. I can't wait for her next release!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh new historical voice! 13 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Tired of the same-old, same-old? In this engaging romance, the daughter of a family of Jewish spies finds love and adventure during the Napoleonic wars.
Nita Abrams has an authentic historical voice and a really nice touch with secondary characters. The chemistry between the hero and heroine is grown up and believable. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to this family next!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should be classifed as historical fiction, not historical romance 17 Jun 2006
By Gemma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
From the back cover:

London, 1813: Wellington and Napoleon are locked in a desperate battle for Spain. And now that the French have inflitrated England's intelligence network, Captain Richard Drayton has sworn to ferret out the traitor. But he'll be dammned if he'll let a woman distract him, even one as intriguing as his sister's governess, Rachel Maitland Ross.

The Captain suspects that Rachel is not what she appears to be, although her education is impeccable, her manners exquisite, and even Drayton's wayward little niece is captivated by her gentle ways. But the Captain has been marked for death--and badly wounded--by agents aiding the enemy, and Rachel's true identity as the niece of an immensely wealthy Anglo-Jewish banker remains a mystery. Still, he must trust her--if he is to survive.

Rachel has heard the whispers: the handsome Captain is a rogue and a heartbreaker, though he is unquestionably brave. Indeed, when they were both kidnapped, he risked his life to save hers--but their unexpected intimacy has compromised her reputation. Like a true gentleman, he has offered for her hand, yet she must refuse. Rachel cannot betray the bonds of kinship and of faith...although the bonds of love may prove even more powerful...

And my review:

I felt very cheated after trying to read this book. I bought it because it was listed as historical romance. It should be listed as historical fiction instead of historical romance, since there's hardly anything romantic in it.

Granted, the author deserves kudos for her excellent research and well written prose, as well as for choosing a difficult premise. Not many Regencies deal with Jewish people during the time of Napoleon. If you want a history lesson, the A QUESTION OF HONOR will probably satisfy you. But if you're looking for a book that is primarily a romance, you're going to be dissapointed.

This was a case of the old "bait and switch". The classification of the book promises me a historical romance, and doesn't deliver on it. I can only assume that since half of all book sales are romances, publishers and/or authors are looking to cash in by listing anything that is the slightest bit romantic as a romance novel. For Pete's sake, we don't even get to meet the heroine until chapter three! The first 30 pages of the book are about military strategies and maneuvers. Which is fine for many readers, but most readers of historical romance want a story that is primarily romance.

So that's my two cents worth. Just wanted to warn readers who are expecting a Regency in the style of Sabrina Jeffries or Mary Balogh that they aren't going to get it in A QUESTION OF HONOR.
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this book until now? 13 May 2013
By Jersey Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I accidentally found out about this author due to a blog recommendation from another author I admire and it was love at first sight. I was absolutely fascinated by the heroine, her unconventional upbringing, and her father and brother who are both spies. Rachel can nurse the wounded, shoot a pistol, ride astride and throw a pretty good punch yet still seems like an authentic lady of her time period.

Contrary to what some other reviewers suggested I thought Richard was a great hero but the book shows the moral ambiguities, double dealing and gray areas of the espionage business. There is no cartoon style perfect solution to the conflicts that arise, but the hero is at all times doing what he considers to be the most honorable thing and he sometimes second guesses himself because he knows he is only human and imperfect. I also thought the story was intensely romantic in the most lovely and old fashioned way, but true to the period. Meaning of course that it was highly unlikely for characters of that time period to jump into bed with each other before marriage. If you like other historical authors like Tracy Grant or C.S. Harris or Joanna Bourne that combine spy or mystery plots with some romance, or traditional Regency romances like Georgette Heyer or Carla Kelly's then you should love this book.

I found the writing style to be very enjoyable and I loved the action and adventure in the parts of the book that involved the war and espionage. Rachel and Richard's family members were all well written with nuanced and interesting personalities. There is no doubt I'll be reading everything else Nita Abrams wrote.

A note about the Jewish aspect of the story: As others have mentioned, Rachel's family is defined as Jewish more via culture, social status and ethnicity than by their religious observance, at least the younger generation. And of course Rachel's brother and father often have to masquerade as Gentiles to do their intelligence gathering work. This seems logical and historically realistic to me; then as now there are many secular Jews who none the less self-identify as Jewish. And the book did not gloss over the problems this couple will face in a religious intermarriage during that time period.
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