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Miss Wonderful: Number 1 in series (Carsington Quartet) [Paperback]

Loretta Chase
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4 Jan 2007 Carsington Quartet (Book 1)

Alistair Carsington really, really wishes he didn't love women quite so much. To escape his worst impulses, he sets out for a place far from civilisation: Derbyshire- in winter, where he hopes to kill two birds with one stone: avoid all temptation, and repay the friend who saved his life on the battlefields of Waterloo. But this noble aim drops him straight into opposition with Miss Mirabel Oldridge, a woman every bit as intelligent, obstinate, and devious as he - and maddeningly irresistible.

Mirabel Oldridge already has her hands full keeping her brilliant and aggravatingly eccentric father out of trouble. The last thing she needs is a stunningly attractive, oversensitive and overbright aristocrat reminding her she has a heart - not to mention a body he claims is so unstylishly clothed that undressing her is practically a civic duty. Could the situation be any worse? And why does something that seems so wrong feel so very wonderful?

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (4 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749937106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749937102
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wickedly witty, simply wonderful. (Stephanie Laurens)

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Loretta Chase has experienced a varied career before being convinced to write novels by a producer... who later became her husband. The books resulting from this union have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America's Rita.

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THE Right Honorable Edward Junius Carsington, Earl of Hargate, had five sons, which was three more than he needed. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL ROMP 29 May 2004
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Ailistair Carsington is in the dog house. His father, the Earl of Hargate, is infuriated by the latest scandal he has caused and demands that he marry and settle down. To escape the cloud he is under, he goes to Derbyshire where he hopes to overcome resistance to his scheme to build a canal, which should make him and his friend a lot of money. Unfortunately he soon meets Miss Mirabel Oldridge, a managing female who unfortunately has his hormones sitting up and begging in no time at all. Mirabel is totally opposed to his scheme however, and skillfully whips up local opposition. Being an upfront woman she also lectures him for being unreasonably goodlooking and charming, and of high rank. She tells him to go back to London and let a less charismatic man take over the campaign. She makes no secret of her attraction, but refuses to give into it, despite Alistair's best efforts to make love to her. The scene is then set for a battle of wits and wills, interspersed with a few passionate encounters, until Alistair eventually comes up with an alternative scheme and wins Mirabels heart. I love Loretta Chase, and enjoyed her trademark humour. I liked Mirabel a lot-she is a strong woman who runs her fathers vast estate, no fool,and has enough gumption to hold fast to her principles even as she falls in love with Alistair. Try it- you won't be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging tale but a little disappointing too 26 Mar 2007
By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I loved Loretta Chase's novel "Lord Of Scoundrels"; some of her other books have been a little disappointing but I was interested to try this first in her new series of Carsington Quartet books, following the Carsington family. Miss Wonderful is the first and it introduces us to Alistair Carsington, third son of the Earl of Hargate, whose life is basically a bit of a waste. Mr Carsington has a character flaw - he falls in love too deeply and when he does so he ends up costing his father a great deal of money to rescue him. Carsington has had eight serious loves, each one a disaster, so when his father puts pressure on him to straighten up he resolves to do his best and goes into business with a friend to build a canal in Derbyshire. He travels up to Derbyshire to discuss the scheme with the locals and to ameliorate any local opposition.

Unfortunately the head of the local opposition - in fact, almost the ONLY local opposition, is from Miss Mirabel Oldridge. She has run the household for over a decade as her father is an absent-minded botanist. Mirabel is 31, a confirmed spinster, and a managing woman. When she meets Carsington she finds him charming but she knows a little of his rake reputation; however they are thrown together and she begins to see there is more to him that met the eye. He's a noted Waterloo war hero and yet he seems embarrassed and ashamed by it. And why does he start having nightmares?

The love story in this is an unusual one. There's no instant hate between the protagonists or the usual other plot device, the Big Misunderstanding. Mirabel and Alistair are kept apart by circumstances - the disagreement over the canal - although they seem able to communicate pretty well despite this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Wonderful ... he certainly is 21 Mar 2013
Review taken from my Blog post (#34) in November 2010, after borrowing the book from the local library:

Alistair Carsington, wounded war hero from Waterloo, fastidious fashion follower and third son of an Earl loved woman far too well, and it had lead to so many scandals. Each of which he had had to be bailed out of by his Father.

An ultimatum was now placed before him that he had to make his own way in the world or marry an heiress. He also had a debt to repay his lifelong friend for saving his leg, and his life, at Waterloo.

To undertake both trying to make a living and repaying his old friend he hies off to Northumberland to resolve the issue over a proposed canal.

There he meets Mirabel Oldridge, as unconcerned about her looks and clothes as anyone could be. Having run her Father's estate for 10 years, Alistair was the stuff of nightmares.

An extraordinarily enhancing story, with multi-faceted characters, with many levels of wit and humour from yet another new author to me. It covered the tricky subject of post traumatic stress from both war and bereavement in in the most imaginative way .... that having been said, don't expect a dry tome ........ this story is so much more, and you will fall in love with all of the characters, and establish a real desire to visit Matlock Bath.

A 4.5 star ***** read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really, really charming 15 Nov 2010
By Mynnie
Having only recently fallen in love with regency romance via my mum's old copies of Georgette Heyer, I wasn't sure whether I would find a more contemporary take on the subject quite as enjoyable - if there was going to be a lot more bodice ripping and a lot less of the detail, witty dialogue and observation.

However, the main characters are extremely engaging and sympathetic, the novel sits nicely in its historical context and if it is a lot more sensual than Georgette Heyer then it is tastefully done and not really something to complain about. It combines a read that is both good fun and very thoughtful.

In short, I loved it and my main problem with it was that it only took me the course of an evening to get through. Something to keep in your handbag and read on the train.
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