- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Mallard (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821773267
- ISBN-13: 978-0821773260
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.2 x 3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.
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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