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The Abduction of Julia (Avon Historical Romance) [Mass Market Paperback]

Karen Hawkins
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1 Jan 2009 Avon Historical Romance
What can a respectable Regency miss do when kidnapped by a nobleman intent on marriage? Why, marry him, of course.

Julia Frant has secretly loved Alec MacLean, the wild Viscount Hunterston from afar. So when he accidentally snatches her instead of her lovely, scheming cousin for an elopement to Gretna Green, Julia leaps at the chance to make her passionate dreams come true.

Alec's in no position to quibble: if he doesn't marry by midnight and live scandal-free for a year, he loses his inheritance. At least marriage with do-gooder Julia will guarantee his fortune. But as his plain brown wren transforms herself into an elegant swan, Alec suddenly can't stay away from his last-minute wife--and when he kisses her, the inheritance is the last thing on his mind. Unfortunately, scandal can occur from the best of intentions...and Julia is never short of good intentions!What can a respectable Regency miss do when kidnapped by a nobleman intent on marriage? Why, marry him, of course.

What can a respectable Regency miss do when kidnapped by a nobleman intent on marriage?Why, marry him, of course.

Julia Frant has secretly loved Alec MacLean, the wild Viscount Hunterston from afar. So when he accidentally snatches her instead of her lovely, scheming cousin for an elopement to Gretna Green, Julia leaps at the chance to make her passionate dreams come true.

Alec's in no position to quibble: if he doesn't marry by midnight and live scandal-free for a year, he loses his inheritance. At least marriage with do-gooder Julia will guarantee his fortune. But as his plain brown wren transforms herself into an elegant swan, Alec suddenly can't stay away from his last-minute wife---and when he kisses her, the inheritance is the last thing on his mind. Unfortunately, scandal can occur from the best of intentions...and Julia is never short of good intentions!


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380810719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380810710
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 10.6 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Hawkins was raised in Tennessee, a member of a huge extended family that included her brother and sister, an adopted sister, numerous foster siblings, and various exchange students. In order to escape the chaos (and while hiding when it was her turn to do the dishes), she would huddle under the comforter on her bed with a flashlight and a book, a habit she still embraces to this day.


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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHARMING 2 Oct 2000
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The plot of this wonderful first novel by Karen Hawkins centres on an abduction of the wrong woman by Alec Hunterston - instead of the lovely Therese he ends up with the frumpy, bespectacled Julia - also known as the "Frant Dragon" as it is her unenviable task to chaperone her cousin, Therese.
Julia has loved Alec for four years and marries Alec in Therese's place so that he can comply with the terms of his Grandfather's will. She protects her pride by driving a hard bargain - he inherits but she bargains for half the fortune to enable her to pursue her great passion in life - REFORM. She also thinks she may be able to reform Alec from his rakehell ways - although in the end both she and Alec are changed.
Some plot elements are very reminiscent of Georgette Heyer (The Devil's Cub, which involves a similar elopement gone wrong; also Arabella, where the heroine collects strays and urchins). However this does not in any way detract from the freshness of the story and characters. To me it comes accross more as an affectionate nod to the roots of the genre.
The hero and heroine are neither of them perfect, but they develop through the book and because they seem real you care about them and their feelings for one another. I loved Julia's makeover - she did'nt suddenly become a raving beauty but as she said 'its amazing what clothes will do for a woman'. The change in Alec seemed realistic because he had got to the stage where he could see that maybe gambling, drinking and womanising were not the most totally fulfilling occupations in the world.
There is also a wonderful cast of secondary characters - the dark and romantic Lucien (I hope he gets his own story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loving regency romances! 22 Sep 2010
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I used to shun Regency romance novels, preferring instead highland and medieval romances, but Karen Hawkin's The Abduction of Julia is a really good book that I think reading it might have led me to warm up to the sub-genre. It seems it only occured to me that the rigid etiquette of the ton and the double standards of their actions, not to mention the innumerable marriages of conveniences sets the scene for an endless array of hilarity and romance!

A marriage of convenience is exactly what ties Julia Frant and Viscount Alec Maclean to each other. Bound to a vow to his late grandfather, Alec finds himself eloping with and agreeing to marry Therese Frant, daughter of the Earl of Covington. To prevent his inheritance from going to the hands of his cousin Nick, he fulfills the demands in the will of his grandfather. Unfortunately, instead of Therese he finds his carriage carrying her cousin, the overprotective chaperone otherwise known as The Frant Dragon. Plain and spectacled, Julia does not catch his attention, until he finds that she was, once upon a time, the daughter of the other Earl of Covington. Hence begins the marriage and their attempts to engage with the ton and avoid scandals... not.

Not only have I warmed up to regency romances with this book, I appear to have also developed a penchant for regency romance revolving around marriage of conveniences! There is something absolutely delightful about regency wives and husbands fluttering about hiding their feelings for their loved ones, and I found that in The Abduction of Julia! I must say, the characters are every bit as loveable as the plot. Alec and Julia are both oblivious to each other's feelings, resulting in very comical but very romantic misunderstandings, which they make up for with some memorable scenes.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read - but a little unbelievable 11 Dec 2003
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The abduction of Julia is a good fun read, I did enjoy it. The main characters are likeable and side characters like Maddie and Edmund (I did love his ramblings) were an added bonus.
So why 3 stars? - Julia is an untouched, unnoticed do gooder. She is chaperone to her beutiful cousin Therese, while Julia wears dowdy clothes and glasses, no man has even looked at her twice. She marries Alec and overnight has amazing clothes, is very beutiful and very sought after by more than her husband. Not something I find easy to believe in. Also as I said she is completely untouched but at her first kiss she absolutly launches herself at Alec with no hint of trepidation, and as for the first time they sleep together - she takes the lead and makes it into a frantic rushed episode with what felt to me, very little feeling. She falls asleep when it is over and the next day she is gone before he wakes up, and when he finds her she acts like it meant nothing. Alec is supposed to be a notorious rake who slept with many, many women and yet he seems to be the virgin in this instance.
There is only so long I can stand reading about two people who are so blatently in love but can't see it about the other, there are so many books that do this, but in this book there was a twist, having Alec believe Julia was in love with someone else was a good means of getting round that and making it a little more interesting.
All that aside I did like the story, (I just wish it was a little less fairy tale) I will not be reading it over and over again like I do with my favouite books.
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