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Drusilla's Downfall (Signet Regency Romance) [Mass Market Paperback]

Emily Hendrickson
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451209230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451209238
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,441,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another of the Herbert girls makes good! 24 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read the entire series of books about the Herbert siblings, and this has to be pretty much my favourite. Although I've owned Pursuing Priscilla for years, I've only just obtained the rest of the series for my Kindle.

Drusilla is a most engaging heroine, very sensible, as all of the family are, but the story moves along at a good pace. One of the things I like most about this story is that it doesn't abruptly end by the hero and heroine declaring their love for each other, which Hendrick's books have an annoying habit of doing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A house-party story -- with a twist! 12 July 2003
By kellytwo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While the books of Emily Hendrickson have been consistently popular throughout the years, I must admit that they've not always been among my favorites. Certainly, her research cannot be faulted; one could spend many futile hours searching for an anachronism to pop up in one of her books. They are entirely accurate as to time and place and costume and speech, and the reader always knows where and when the story is set. These are elements I find essential in the enjoyment of a Regency novel, but yet, they aren't quite enough in themselves for complete enjoyment of a book.
This book, however, was a very pleasant surprise: I truly enjoyed every minute of it. It seemed to have more of a life of its own, perhaps, than her previous books. And, too, the main characters created more sparks than usual, it seemed to me.
When I was growing up, the preacher's kids were always the biggest hell-raisers in town. And while the heroine here, Miss Drusilla Herbert isn't exactly in that category, she's certainly no meek little mouse, either. Not by a long shot! She's smart, sensible, kind-hearted, and very out-spoken, when it seems appropriate, and perhaps sometimes when it isn't quite. She's a charmer, through and through.
As one of six children (of a parish rector, to be sure) she's learned tolerance along with her other skills and attributes, and when the Marchioness of Brentford (a schoolfriend of Drusilla's mother) needs a companion while recuperating from an illness, Drusilla would seem to fill the bill admirably. Off she goes to Brentford Court.
In London, meanwhile, Adrian, the current Marquess, hears tales of his mother's house party and new companion, which rub him entirely the wrong way. How dare his mother be having parties if she's supposed to be ill? And just who is this companion anyway? She needn't think she'll benefit in any way from tending his mother. Oh, no! He'll go home and straighten this matter out in short order, send the companion packing, and then be able to resume his active life in town once again.
Adrian's good friend, Lord Ives, joins the house-party as does the woman Adrian's mother thinks could just make a good next marchioness, the Lady Felicia Tait. There are also several older folks including Lord Osman, who's taken quite a shine to the current marchioness.
From their first meeting, the sparks fly between Adrian and Drusilla, much to the surprise of both of them. He thinks she's an interfering and meddlesome minx, and she thinks he's an uncaring town beau. Her tart tongue sets him straight as to his mother, but he still harbors doubts about Drusilla. She begins to wonder if her earlier assessment of him was correct, after all. Of course, she's hardly a suitable match for him, but then, there is Lord Ives who at least seems to appreciate her. Until he is drawn more and more to Lady Felicia.
This is the premise of this delightful house-party book, which departs from the norm with its cast of supporting characters, and a neat twist in the plot before all is revealed. We end up with not just one happy match, but three!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Amazing how some books get published! 7 Mar 2004
By S. Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I frequently contemplated tossing this book, both literally and figuratively. I picked it up based on the other reviews, but it hardly deserves such accolades. The only reason I managed to finish it is that somewhere past halfway through, the author finally caught my attention with the primary romance.
Other than that, however, the book is a mess. There are plot holes big enough to drive a truck through, like the one near the end of the book when the hero plans to propose the next day and sets a appointment with the heroine, who thinks she's about to be dismissed as his mother's companion. The next thing you know, it's another day and then another night -- the author added an extra day and no one caught it before publication. In addition, only one secondary character is developed enough to stand out from the crowd; the rest are both interchangeable and changeable. It is as though the author changed the personalities, motivations, and personalities of her characters just to suit her vapid plot. Things happen, not as a result of who the characters are (for that seems to change with alarming regularity), but merely to achieve an end. In other words, most of the action is imposed upon the characters rather than stemming from them. Another example of the wretched characterization is that one of the hero's friends is repeatedly described in terms that make the reader wonder how on earth the two men could possibly be friends.
I almost never judge an author by a single book, but this may be one time I do. Give this book a pass. It is not worth your time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice light story to wile away the time 8 Jun 2006
By capritt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read the other reviewer who states that the ending has an extra day popped in despite story line. I suggest you read the story properly. I re-read it after reading your review because I couldn't remember it. Although the author spends some time discussing the events from when the appointment is made to when the appointment is held it is definitely only one night that passes.

The story was nicely written and everything flowed along nicely and I liked the characted development, especially of Adrian. Reminded me of Margaret Moore's - The Dark Duke. Very similar story lines.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible... 23 Jun 2014
By Beff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The other reviewer was correct when he said there were plot holes big enough to drive a truck through. But I did like the hero and heroine enough to keep reading - although if the book had gone even another 10 pages I would have probably lost my patience. Time was definitely a fluid concept throughout the whole book. I did like that the heroine didn't fade into the background when she was being bullied by the stereotypical self-involved beauty. She had some pretty decent comebacks. That was a nice change.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun regency party 10 April 2012
By mandymarie20 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Drusilla is companion to the Marchioness of Brentford. When the Marchioness's son comes home, he is determined to fire Drusilla. A house party soon brings the two together and Drusilla proves her worth. Pretty good characters and a pretty good romance. Drusilla was to harsh in the beginning and I didn't care for her, but grew to like her as the story continued.
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