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Pride and Petticoats [Hardcover]

Shana Galen

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lyrical Historical Romance 8 Feb 2006
By Tera Childs - Published on
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Freddie Dewhurst is a dandy, with a capital D-A-N-D-Y. Attire, attitude, and appearance are everything. Appearances, however, can be deceiving, and behind Freddie's puffed-up façade is a loyal British spy. Who, then, could be a worse match for him than an uncouth, uncultured, unfashionable American?

Charlotte Burton has no love for the British. More like raging hatred. They are, after all, responsible for the deaths of her father and brother. It is only under the most desperate of circumstances that she ventures to London to make one last effort to restore her finances.

On the day of her arrival she gets caught in the middle of a spy-hunt. Her family friend--the sought after spy--escapes, promising to return for her but leaving her in the custody of two British spies. Namely Freddie and his cousin. Freddie's mission is to capture the escaped spy before the traitor can sell vital British codes to the French. Charlotte's is to protect her friend--and herself--from yet another British-inflicted fate.

Freddie's superior at the Foreign Office comes up with a plan to draw the spy out: Freddie and Charlotte will pretend to be married and madly in love. Though neither likes the idea, they finally agree that this is the only way for both to get what they want. Freddie will get the spy that holds British lives in his grasp. Charlotte will get one thousand pounds for her troubles and the assurance that Freddie will give her friend a fair chance at proving his innocence.

The sham marriage soon turns steamy as Freddie's kisses make Charlotte forget why she hates the British and Charlotte's fire and vitality make Freddie long to break rules he'd always held so sacred. Despite meddling mothers, battles of wit, and years of pride and prejudice Freddie and Charlotte draw closer and closer as the charade continues. And when it comes down to it, each will have to make the choice between love and country.

A sensual and seductive tale, Pride and Petticoats weaves together intrigue, passion, and a nobly flawed hero and heroine that come to life and beg to be read with the same investment of emotion that both characters must make in the end. If you are looking for a masterpiece of historical romance lyrically told and fiery enough to singe your fingers, then look no further than Pride and Petticoats.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Charming Story By Ms. Galen! 18 Mar 2006
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on
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Ms. Galen's second effort is just as charming and entertaining as her first "When Dashing Met Danger." Not only do we get to visit with old friends once again...we are introduced to new ones with a fresh new romance to entertain us.

Charlotte is desperate. She has lost her father and brother to the British and their miserable war. If only her brother and father had not been forced to try to rush the blockade...but they did and now she has lost everything. Not knowing where to turn, she and her faithful maid Addy sail for England and hopefully her brother's childhood friend Cade Pettigru. She has no idea she's about to have to face her prejudice and be tested by the one man that not only fires her temper...but her passions as well. Will she be able to see Freddie for the man he is or will she let her preconceived ideas get in the way of a love only she can imagine?

Lord Freddie Dewhurst is not who he seems and he relies on this for he is a spy for the British government. His role as a Pink of the Ton is half contrived half his true self. When he has to pose as a married man to a Yankee upstart he questions whether he has the skills to pull it off. Charlotte gets his temper up as no one ever has! She also makes him feel things he never thought possible. Will a war between countries and a prejudice for two countries powerful enough to prevent these two strong people from finding a love that's true?

This was a very entertaining read. Ms. Galen has taken a very timely issue of nationality prejudice and worked it into a story that will capture the reader's attention. We get a chance to visit with Lucia and her Alex (When Dashing Met Danger) once again. This was a very romantic read and Ms. Galen has captured the time period and it's issues in a very endearing way.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Missing that certain something... 24 Jun 2008
By MajaLeila - Published on
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Having read "When Dashing Met Danger" and meeting Freddie, I couldn't wait for his story. He promised to be amusing with a bit of an edge, despite his truly unfortunate name and dandy persona.

I went into this book having high expectations brought on by my enjoyment of "Dashing". Unfortunately, the book fell flat for me. Their romance and attraction came out of nowhere it seemed. I didn't feel like the characters got to know one another, nor did I feel like I got to know the characters. I was left wondering why the Freddie, who was so lovely in "Dashing", was lacking personality in this book. And how he could ever fall in love with Charlotte was beyond me. Not because she was an unfashionable American and he a dandy, but because she was an annoying shrew who had little to recommend her, outside of her red hair.

The story was choppy at best, and it didn't manage to keep my attention for long. During their very first encounter, Freddie asks if Addy is Charlotte's slave and if she receives wages, to which she replies that Addy is not paid. He expresses disgust for the southern American institution of slavery, and never again is it mentioned! Was Addy at one time a slave? No clue. Did Charlotte's family have any slaves? Don't know.

The "mystery" fell to the wayside so that the characters could grow and fall in love, yet they seemed like strangers to me (except in bed), even in the end. An ending which was hastily done and completely anticlimactic, mind you.

I recommend giving Shana Galen a try, just not this particular work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply delightful! 15 Nov 2006
By Olga B. Dutcher - Published on
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It's a classic love story. The main characters meet during the war. They should be enemies. English Lord hold dislike toward anything or anyone American. Yet this stunning American is somehow different... Love, danger, jealousy, adventure. This book has it all. Shana Galen leads her readers on the path of mind blowing romance. Very heart warming!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book but Freddie??? 1 May 2008
By Fani - Published on
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I enjoyed Pride and Petticoats but to read about a spy named Freddie nearly ruined it for me. I mean, Freddie is the nice kid next door, the one that takes your dog out when you're sick and that you totally ignore the rest of the year, not a hardened, tough spy! In order to hide his profession as a spy, Freddie even dresses like a dandy, wearing flamboyant clothes and colours and keeps his gold hair fashionably long. The images that these descriptions along with the name above created in my mind, made him unattractive to me and more of a bufoon than the author probably intended.
The story beside this was good, funny, dialogues witty, the mystery not bad, but the fact that I was dismissive of the main hero, ruined the feeling for me. Not bad or a waste of time and with a decent hero I would probably rate it with at least 4 stars.
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