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Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand

Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand [Kindle Edition]

Carla Kelly
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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After her husband's death, Roxanna Drew is left with more beauty than fortune. Now, desperate to escape the perils of her past life, she must learn to trust the dashing Lord Winn---a broken man with a past of his own. This award-winning romance by bestselling author Carla Kelly is tenderly written and sure to find a place in your heart.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1462110606
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (7 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098PE9ZK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Faux historical. 23 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading Beau Crosoe a few years ago I kept Ms Kelly on my 'authors to read again' list. I purchased this on my kindle but had to return it. To say I was disappointed is an understatement!

Others have written about the plot that seem liked a contemporary disguised as an historical (yes it does) but, I'm just going to say it - !!!!!! here in the England, UK - fanny is slang for vagina! We also call cookies biscuits - always have and probably always will. There were just too many 'americanism' and the H&h names where silly. If this book had been written by a novice I would feel more forgiving but - nah - this a weak american 'historical' that I don't recommend.

Lastly, I just want to say - do American, supposedly 'historical' authors have to 'dumb it down' for Americans? Would it really be hard for American readers to know & understand the cultural differences between England & America?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Definitely not a standard Regency: if you're looking for blushing debutantes, dashing heroes and glittery balls, you won't find them here. What you will find is an earthy and very realistic story of an unlikely friendship between a courageous but despairing vicar's widow with two young daughters and a cynical, rough-and-ready marquess. Winn is no ballroom dandy; he is a disgraced divorced man with no intention of ever marrying again. Then he meets Roxanna Drew and, without even realising it at first, is drawn to her.
The story contains a number of unexpected twists, but the underlying theme is of two people betrayed by love, who find it difficult to trust, and yet learn that they need to trust each other. Kelly pulls no punches, and at times the book is earthy, shocking and tear-inducing.
I loved it, and will be re-reading it very soon.
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Format:Kindle Edition
I've been re-reading my Carla Kelly books and although "Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand" isn't one of my top ten most memorable books in my Kelly collection - to me, it's still five star worthy.

If you're a long time fan of Ms. Kelly's writing, you already know she often writes about down-and-out ladies and this book follows that storyline. Additionally, one of her more common themes is a cool hero type - not a perfect hero - but generally a good, hard working man, who is protective of his lady, more often than not a gent who's served time on behalf of his country, in some of type of military occupation.

Before I proceed with my review, I will give you an idea of some common themes that run through Ms. Kelly's books:

One common theme within the storyline of her books that I've noticed is just when things seem to be moving right along toward a marvelous Happily Ever After, then lo and behold, the hero makes the choice to remove himself from the game temporarily for some reason that frustrates me to no end. Examples are: The Admiral's Penniless Bride (Mills & Boon Historical) - the hero becomes angry and acts like a total jerk, in Mrs. McVinnie's London Season - after proposing to our heroine, the naval captain hero withdraws his proposal because he can't bring himself to leave the navy and to make matters worse, he was planning to return a beautiful little girl named Clare to Portugal because he determined he wasn't the father. This after Clare had lived with his family for months and he seemed truly fond of her - she was an orphan, no less???
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "He resisted the urge to pat her on the fanny" 15 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Americanisms! Seriously! The occasional reference to a "block" and the other things I ignore, but to talk of patting "her on the fanny". Too funny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Up to her usual standard 7 Mar 2014
By Venetia
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed all the Carla Kelly novels I've read so far and this was no exception. Her characterisation is good - as is the relationship between the protagonists.
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