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  • Mass Market Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (5 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060514051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060514051
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jack reacher on 19 July 2004
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I have read all books about the St.John Brothers, and I liked them all without exception, but this one is the funniest, look out for Harriet's mother and sisters, you will love them and you will laugh you head off in all their dealings with the poor Chase, who hasn't got a clue of what to do with this family.
I enjoyed the way Harriet tried to convince Chase that he likes the barn and the sheep in it, the way their love blossomed under the sun in the open fields, and in the end love conquers all!! Obvious but really touching, Chase has a lot of healing to do and what better then a new love to help and a little magic from a certain ring that never fails to find its mark!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CriticalThinker on 12 Mar. 2007
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Ms Hawkins seems to be labouring under the misapprehension that people from the East End of London speak with an Irish accent. Also, in all of the Talisman Series books she doesn't seem to realise that as sons of a Marquis, the brothers all have courtesy titles, so Brand isn't Mr St. John; he's Lord Brandon St. John and this particular book's hero is Lord Chase St. John and not Mr St. John.

If it wasn't for that, the book would get a 5 star rating however those mistakes are really annoying and so she misses out on one star. Other than that, who can resist this endearing book? The plot is farce-like, Chase knows who he is but pretends to have amnesia whilst the Ward family believe they have convinced him that he is a Captain betrothed to Henrietta. All the while they have no idea the joke is on them and that Chase is merely playing along.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LEP VINE VOICE on 21 May 2006
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Very amusing and witty read. Chase the youngest of the St.John brothers' feels that he has to leave England to save the honour of his family that he thinks he has disgraced. He comes to this decision with a heavy heart, not wanting to leave his family. On the way to the coast he gets robbed and hit on the head and is found by the Ward family. Before he know it he is embroiled in a plan to save the Ward's estate from the bank by pretending to be Harriet Wards non-existant sea faring fiancee. This involves the indolent young rakehell in hearding and shearing sheep amongst other things. Add to the mix Harriet's inventive mother, two sisters and two brothers and the dastardly bank official who has decided to marry Harriet himself in order to further his social standing and you have the mix for a Regency romp. Enjoy!
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I like the twist to the amnesia/mistaken identity plot as both Chase and Harriet's family know they are lying about who they say they are. After being rescued by Harriet from a robbery, Chase pretends to have amnesia to avoid having his identity known as he is fleeing the country (for personal reasons) and Harriet and her family, presuming Chase actually suffered from amnesia, had told Chase that he is this Captain Frakenham person who is engaged to Harriet -- a totally made up character invented by the family so that the banks would give them more time to make a repayment on a loan made by Harriet's late father. Except the bank had suddenly put on the pressure and demanded to have proof of the Captain's existence so they give the identity to Chase. And so the fun and games begin!

The book has witty dialogue, poignant scenes and is very character-driven, which to me is the most important aspect of a romance novel as it really is at the heart a fantasy/love story so the the characters have to be individual, well developed and layered. I think Ms Hawkins has achieved that with all the characters in this book -- you get to know them so well that you know exactly what they would say or jow they might react to a situation(although the character would say it in a wittier fashion than what I could come up with,lol). So the characters are dynamic and develop through the story -- Chase and Harriet complement each others' personalities and make the other a "better person". They are from completely different backgrounds and I like how Chase "grew up" through the "fish out of water" experience and yet still be the "Chase you know and love". And oh my Harriet's family is something else as well - what an inspiring group of characters. I enjoyed reading this book.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Funny and heartwarming! 11 Feb. 2004
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This is the first Hawkins book I have read, but won't be the last. Chase St. John is running from his past when he lands (almost literally) in Harriet Ward's lap. Harriet's has problems of her own as the bank is trying hard to take back her family home and only her mother's bravado keeping them at bay. Harriet's mother invented a fake fiance for the lovely Harriet -- a sea captain with a ship full of treasure and laughing blue eyes, a face stolen from a portrait the mother once saw.
At first the deception kept the bank from demanding payment right away, but when the mysterious sea captain fails to appear, they begin to demand an introduction. Thus when Chase lands in the Ward household and pretends he has amnesia so as not to reveal his own identity and bring his famous brothers post haste to fetch him back home, the Wards decide to pass him off as the made-up Captain.
This was a very funny and warm-hearted tale. I loved both Chase and Harriet and cannot wait to find the other books that went before this one. I hope Ms. Hawkins writes fast!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3 1/2 Stars - Another amusing Hawkins tale 9 Dec. 2003
By baltimore0502 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I always wonder what her titles are supposed to mean - so often they seem to have little to do with the actual story (or maybe I just don't get it!). Anyway, this is a nice story with a touch of mistaken identity farce and a nice relationship between Chase and Harriet. But I found it slow and lacking in sustained passionate attraction. Though I liked the development of their relationship from wary opponents to comrades to lovers, it happens quite slowly and no real hot stuff occurs until about 200 pages in.
Chase St John has decided to leave London before he can shame his family with his recent dissolute behaviour under the influence of his so-called friend Harry Annesley. One incident in particular haunts Chase and is a source of tremendous shame and guilt of which he cannot absolve himself (causing another's death is unforgivable, afterall). On the road to Dover and a ship waiting to take him to Italy, he is set upon by footpads and left for dead. He is discovered by Miss Harriet Ward and her sisters and awakes in their home with a wound to his head. Not wanting his identity known, Chase pretends amnesia, which Harriet doubts. He seems awfully content for a man who remembers nothing!
Harriet and family have one last payment to make on the mortgage and Garrett Park will truly be theirs. But to keep the bank at bay until the sheep are sheared and the wool sold, Harriet's mother invented a fiancé for Harriet - a dark haired, blue eyed sea captain who is due to return any day with a hold full of booty and lots of money. So far this stall tactic has worked, but there is one banker who is not buying the story and wants to force payment. When Mr. Gower shows up, Mrs. Ward strikes again, telling the dark haired, blue eyed Chase that he is the fictitious Capt. Frakenham come to save the day! Chase decides to play along much to Harriet's discomfort!
From there we watch with amusement as Harriet tries to trip up Chase into revealing who he really is and Chase tries to get Harriet to admit that Capt. Frakenham doesn't exist. When they expect Chase to assist in the sheep shearing this masquerade has gone way too far - he's a St John for heaven's sake! But in order to stay in character he pulls his own weight, works harder than he has in all his life and comes to admire the Ward family. Harriet helps him to see that maybe running away is not the right thing to do, but has he the strength to face his family with his misdeeds? And he and Harriet are becoming very attracted to each other. He longs to take her burdens off her shoulders and give her all the things she needs and deserves. But what can London rogue Chase St John offer a country girl like Harriet Ward except trouble and heartache?
Then there are the blackmail and murder attempts, villains to expose and, of course, the set-up for Devon's story THE BRIDE WORE PLAID coming May '04. All in all an okay story just lacking some of the sizzle of some of her other stories.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Hawkins really delivers with this one! 30 Nov. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've become a HUGE fan of Hawkins's Talisman Ring books and HOW TO TREAT A LADY did not let me down! I have been wondering about Chase St. John since I read about him in Confessions of a Scoundrel, and now I know why. Chase believes he's killed someone by accident and the guilt is killing him. On his way out of the country to spare his family from embarrassment because his story is about to become public, he is shot by highwaymen and left for dead. Enter Harriet Ward.
Desperate to keep the bank from foreclosing while she and her family collect the wool from their sheep, Harriet's mother makes up a fiancee -- handsome, wealthy sea captain, Captain John Frakenham. This convinces the bank officials to wait on collecting the loan -- they think the Captain will arrive and pay off the last of the debt. But after a while, they begin to wish to meet this elusive man ... and then they wonder if he really exists ...
When Chase pretends to have amnesia in an effort to keep anyone from knowing his identity and telling his family of his location, Harriet's family decide that Chase will make a wonderful Captain Frakenham. And so, they tell the man they think has no memory that he is their lost Captain and that he is in love with the willful Harriet.
Harriet, for her part, suspects that Chase does indeed know who he is and she has no wish for the sham fiancee, though she has little choice. And so the sparring begins.
One of the things I love best about Karen Hawkins is that she always writes smart, capable, intelligent heroines and Harriet Ward is one of the best. Frankly, this book has some of the wittiest, most enjoyable interplay between the two key characters that I've ever read. Ms. Hawkins just gets better and better - she's a delightful mix of Loretta Chase and Georgette Heyer.
I won't tell you more about the story except to say that I laughed outloud at some points and even had to wipe away a tear at the ending. It was just marvelous and I can't wait to read Devon's story next!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I loved this book 16 Dec. 2003
By Just a Dreamer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Its a keeper, and one that I will read again later. I loved the story, about the rich (Chase) having to come down to earth, and EEK actally work on a farm, with the wonderful, Ward Family..you will fall in love with this Walton like family. Its so funny and heaped with entertainment...
Talisman Ring books are the very best romance. I just grabbed this one..not knowing it was a Talisman ring book. Ive read all the series so far, and NOT One has let me down. Im ready for the next story..Devon's, I believe...I salute you Karen Hawkins for a great book romp once again.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable 17 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book very much, and thought it a good companion to the other Talisman Ring books. I disagree with the reviewer "Disappointed"...Chase is being blackmailed by someone, and has been trying to cope with it for a year by drinking and avoiding those closest to him. The reader finds out that although he tried to make amends for his actions, he is ashamed of his behavior that caused an accident and that led to the blackmail. I thought his actions (drinking heavily, running away) in light of his history were highly plausible, and the author built up his story from previous books into this one well. His failure is in trusting the wrong person and not those truly closest to him. I enjoyed the author's depiction of the Ward family and Chase's interaction with them, and would recommend this book if you enjoyed Hawkins other books.
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