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The English Witch (Trevelyan Family Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Loretta Chase
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Book Description

"One of the finest and most delightful writers in romance." –Mary Jo Putney

The traditional Regency classic from New York Times bestseller Loretta Chase is back…

A Comedy of Manners…

Her father’s prodigal ways have forced the extremely lovely Alexandra Ashmore into an engagement with a strange man in a strange land: a man blind to the effect her unearthly beauty has on other men, and which has earned her the title "the English Witch"! So when she’s kidnapped by another love-struck suitor, Alexandra assumes she’s truly doomed to a loveless marriage with her captor.

A Villain Redeemed…

But her troubles have only begun—for although she's quickly rescued, her brave 'hero' is the notoriously irresistible, unrepentant scoundrel, Basil Trevelyan, who finds himself quite taken with the tart, spirited Alexandra. So taken, in fact, that he’s determined to make her his own. Now, if he can only charm her into agreeing with his plan!

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 405 KB
    • Print Length: 315 pages
    • Publisher: NYLA (23 Sept. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005P2HMK4
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Better than its predecessor 25 Mar. 2013
    By Arianna
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    Tn the previous book in this series - Isabella - I got the distinct feeling that Ms Chase lost interest in both her hero and heroine and sent them off into the sunset just to be rid of them so that she could concentrate on Basil Trevelyan.
    Basil - the sort-of villain of Isabella - becomes the hero of The English Witch and he's certainly different. Not everyone's cup of tea perhaps - but I liked him. Hedonistic, selfish, deceitful etc. etc. But when the chips are down, Basil [terrible name, by the way!] knows just how to turn everything around.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The English Witch 18 May 2012
    By Whimsey
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    Another delightful novel from Loretta Chase, not in the same league as Lord of Scoundrel, as it looses its pace 3/4 of the way and the ending is a little weak. Both protagenists have some sparkling witty exchanges which is LC forte.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Well 4.5 really, 5 for the sharp humour 17 May 2013
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    Fab-u-lous. Not quite as wonderful as Miss Wonderful,Mr Impossible or the Lord Perfect series though. But in a class of its own.
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    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Solid and well-crafted 2nd book from Loretta Chase 3 April 2002
    By bookjunkiereviews - Published on
    I read this after reading Isabella (which is the prequel, and the first book written by Chase - review to follow). THE ENGLISH WITCH is the story of Basil Trevelyan, cousin of the hero in Isabella and also the villain. Chase does something similar to Mary Balogh in her various "series", in that she redeems the villain in this book. So, be warned if you do not like this kind of plot.
    The plot is not largely set in Albania, despite what the blurbs and the reviews say. If you do not like exotic locales, avoid this book, even though the Albanian scenes are relatively small.
    This book, like the other early books by Chase, is a traditional Regency, which means no explicit sex (by and large) and the hero and the heroine behaving within the documented constraints of the Regency society. [I am beginning to different traditional Regencies from Regency historicals, by whether the hero and heroine adhere to social norms and customs or whether they act on the extremes of said customs and whether they behave and think like Regency people or 20th century people. Length alone is no longer a good judge, nor is explicit lovemaking]. If you love the Regency historicals by Chase, some of which are very very good, you will find this book and others like it more disappointing.
    I was delighted by this book, which is hard to find and out of print (I obtained my copy via inter-branch loan at my public library). I also deeply regret that Walker and Avon no longer publish traditional Regencies, since both companies published some of the best works by Chase and Jo Beverley (and some others no longer writing Regency romances).
    Now to the plot - Basil Trevelyan, the villain of ISABELLA, has redeemed himself by hard work and some service of a mysterious kind (perhaps spying) to the Crown. He has also managed to make his own fortune with the help of Isabella's aunt. Basil is in Greece when a letter from his aunt asks him to help out a young Englishwoman travelling in Albania with her father and fiance, both archaelogists and historians.
    Alexandra has a problem or rather several problems. She is not interested in marrying her fiance, who has been foisted on her to repay her father's debt to said fiance's father. Furthermore, her fiance is completely uninterested in her as a woman. This would be bad enough; things turn worse when his indifference to his fiancee is interpreted by love-struck Albanian males as encouragement to court Alexandra. One such young Albanian in fact carries off Alexandra, intending to make her his wife. This, not unnaturally, upsets his family for several reasons, one being that Alexandra is known as the "English Witch" for her unearthly beauty.
    Alexandra is rescued by Basil, who is pretending to be her secret fiance who has been out in the world making his fortune. Using this story, Alexandra persuades her father to delay her forthcoming marriage. When she returns to England, she has few doubts about her continuing problems. First, there is her unworldly and exasperating father's debts. His creditor will not accept repayment of those debts, preferring a marriage to Alexandra (which is to raise his family socially). Secondly, there is the problem that Alexandra's beauty does not mean that she will win honorable offers. In fact, the beautiful Alexandra Ashmore (?) has been plagued in the past by the most dishonourable proposals possible - which was why her father took her off to Albania and arranged her marriage to suit himself.
    Basil, naturally, is not immune to the English Witch. Fortunately for Alexandra, the heir to a dukedom catches sight of her and is determined to make her his bride. Definitely honorable. There are of course some minor problems. Firstly, Basil continues his attentions to Alexandra, although more subtly (partly in an old rivalry with Lord Arden, the new suitor; partly because he is really interested in Alexandra). Secondly, Alexandra's father's debt has grown mysteriously, and she is not sure as to whether she can get out of her engagement (her real one, not her pretend one to Basil). Thirdly, the Marquess of Arden is not the most faithful suitor, tending to be distracted by pretty neighbors and the like. And of course, he has his own idealized view of her, which will not distract him from future womanizing. Basil has a dreadful reputation as well, and in fact, had left England in disgrace.
    So Alexandra hardly has great choices. She cannot jilt her fiance, because of her father's debt. She feels she should not marry Arden, because he will be an inconsistent husband and one who intends to keep her on a pedestal. And Basil is out of the question, of course.
    Who will Alexandra marry? There is a thwarted elopement (which had me in stitches), there is the sister of Lord Arden who feels (perhaps rightly) that he *must* marry Alexandra, if only because he is throwing away his last chance of redemption otherwise. There is Basil's own strange behavior. There is Alexandra's father who is strongly opposed to any match with Basil. There is of course the Debt. And there are all those relations of Isabella who have a bone to pick with Basil (from his behavior in the previous book).
    This was a delightful novel. I was rooting at different times for different men, and wondering how Alexandra would find a satisfactory compromise between the needs of her father, social constraints, and her own wish for a stable and successful marriage. At one time, I thought that she had made the wrong choice - but hoped that her husband would turn out satisfactorily. ...I would strongly recommend this book to any lover of Regency romance - and commend it along with KNAVES WAGER (my favorite Chase book) as worthy of inclusion on the all-time best list. If you can, read ISABELLA before this, to understand precisely why Basil was so abhorrent to Alexandra's father and some of his own relations. However, this novel can stand on its own.
    35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars A Typo Nightmare 29 Oct. 2011
    By Avid Reader - Published on
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    My husband bought me this book after I enjoyed another of Ms Chase's works. I had such a strong reaction to this one he encouraged me to review it.

    As others have reported, this is the sequel to Isabella. I found the story a bit hard to follow and a bit hard to believe, but it does have some interesting twists on the usual period romance formula, That is not really the problem.

    The Kindle edition I base this review on has so many typos it is very nearly impossible to read. I can only guess it was scanned using some OCR process and never looked at again. Sentences stop in the middle of a thought. Made-up words appear, which if you think about the shape of the letters, suggest a potential replacement which would actually fit ("Parrington" should be "Farrington" and "Thome" should be "Thorne", for instance.) All in all this made it a miserable read.
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read! Minimal typo problem 22 Jun. 2013
    By Lady Wesley - Published on
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    Just her second book, and already Loretta Chase's marvelous talent convincingly takes the villain from her first book and turns him into the reluctant hero here. And what a delicious rogue he is! The action ranges from his rescue of Arabella in Albania to the ballrooms of London to the English countryside. Yes, some of the action is rather unlikely (and far too complicated to even try to summarize), but LC keeps things moving and the reader enjoys going along for the ride.

    This book is the sequel to Isabella, which is good but not great. There are many characters who turn up in both books, so for maximum enjoyment, I recommend reading both in quick succession.

    I did not find many typos and no formatting problems, and I'm a stickler about editing. I can only assume that an improved version was posted after the initial Kindle version came on the market.
    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 23 Jun. 2001
    By Amazon Customer - Published on
    The sequel to ISABELLA (which was wonderful) is fabulous. The characters are clearly drawn, the dialogue witty and the prose, as always, is beautiful. I couldn't put this book down. Loretta Chase is one of the best writers in print today.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book but PLEASE! fix the typos 21 Jan. 2015
    By Mary - Published on
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    Also add chapter breaks or at least extra spacing when switching from one scene to another. If Loretta was to read this Kindle version, I'm sure she would cringe. I would fix the errors myself if I could. True, the typos are amusing at times and mysterious at other times. But it is, overall, a crime against such a well written story. Especially when there are missing words that turn good writing into bad. I'm not one to fuss about a few typos, but these were truly egregious. For example, "lb" was twice used for "to", "feet" for "fact", "dilator" for dilatory (which is rather alarming), and I'm pretty sure it's meant to be "point non plus", not "point rum plus". Some words were challenging to figure out, and some others changed the author's meaning entirely, I'm sure. It's odd that this is the second time I've read this book, but I don't remember it being so bad. Ah well, it's been a while. Or maybe it's been sabotaged...
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