- Mass Market Paperback: 295 pages
- Publisher: Jove Books (Dec 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515134147
- ISBN-13: 978-0515134148
- Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.1 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,518,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Harry Gerard, Lord Ainsworth, has been hunting for a painting that one of his ancestors had done about 100 years ago and which has gone missing since then. And when he reads that there is a painting at Rendell Hall (The Girl with the Persian Shawl) that seems to (descriptively) match the one he is after, he sets out to investigate. Unfortunately for Harry, he runs afoul of the painting's owner, Kate Rendell, a beautiful young lady who is incensed at the suggestion that her family heirloom might have been illegally obtained. Proud and impetuous, Kate immediately begins to try and give Harry the rough edge of her tongue, and is quite stunned to discover that it is he that gets the better of her when he subtly points out how rude and disagreeable she's being.
The incident preys on her mind, and makes Kate question much of her behavior -- her need to always manage things, her reluctance to back down and acknowledge when she's wrong, and her pride -- and the result makes her feel completely blue- deviled. So that when an invitation to uncle's estate arrives, requesting the need for Kate's and her mother's presence in order to celebrate a special occasion, Kate eagerly leaps at the opportunity for a change of scene, hoping that the festivities and congenial company will help get rid of her fit of dismals as well her latest tendency to think about Harry Gerard all the time. Imagine her shock and surprise when one of the guests turns out to be Harry! Now, Kate has to decide how she will get through this house party with equanimity when she doesn't know how to deal with Harry or her attraction for him...
If you like reading about alpha-male heroes and feisty heroines, then "The Girl with the Persian Shawl" may not be the romance novel for you. True, Kate is stubborn and managing, but she's no amazon. Also, because Kate begins to question much of her behaviour and the manner in which she handles things after the first few chapters, there is a certain and texture and tone to this novel that makes it so very compelling and readable. The story unfolds smoothly and the romance that develops between Harry and Kate, while a little sedate and brief (the trials and tribulations of Kate's youthful and flighty cousin, Deirdre, tended to kidnap much of the novel), was a joy to read.
"The Girl with the Persian Shawl" was a truly fun read, with splendidly drawn characters (esp Kate's mother, who's character simply blossoms as the novel progresses), and is one I have no hesitation in recommending, esp if you like quiet books that focus on character and gentle romance.
Lord Ainsworth, Harry Girard, visits Kate and her family to admire the highly regarded painting, THE GIRL WITH THE PERSIAN SHAWL. Kate is beyond rude towards Harry who is stunned by her attitude since he had not done anything amiss towards her. Still, he delights in her pounding him so he returns. He even begins to question whether love turned him into a masochist.
THE GIRL WITH THE PERSIAN SHAWL is a charming Regency romance that sub-genre fans will enjoy especially the antics of the stubborn but brilliant Kate. Harry is an ideal lead protagonist who wants to simply kiss the kissable Kate, but spends much time fending off her barbs and the love declarations of another woman. Readers will enjoy this witty relationship romp though at times Kate seems to collect too many pelts.
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