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Random Gentleman [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Chater
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Fawcett Books (Sep 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449502104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449502105
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,917,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Elizabeth Chater was the author of more than 24 novels and countless short stories. She received a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and an M.A. from San Diego State University, and joined the faculty of the latter in 1963 where she began a lifelong friendship with science fiction author Greg Bear. She was honored with The Distinguished Teacher award in 1969, and was awarded Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1977. After receiving her Professor Emeritus, she embarked on a new career as a novelist with Richard Curtis as her agent. In the 1950s and 60s she published short stories in Fantastic Universe Magazine and The Saint Mystery Magazine, and she won the Publisher's Weekly short story contest in 1975. She went on to publish 22 romance novels over an 8 year period. She also wrote under the pen names Lee Chater, Lee Chaytor, and Lisa Moore. For more information, please visit

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Random Gentleman by Elizabeth Chater 13 Sep 2012
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Eighteen-year-old Belinda Sayre is enjoying her first Season, in London, when she is informed by her grandfather that, because of a pact made by her father and his best friend (both of whom are dead), she is engaged to marry the Duke of Romsdale. After being publicly humiliated by said man, Belinda flees to her country estate in Devon with the hope that the Duke will not wish to marry her. Determined, though, to honour the pact, Romsdale disguises as a gypsy in order to travel unnoticed to Devon where his determined to win his reluctant fiancée's heart.

To be honest, I have mixed thoughts on this book. On one hand, I enjoyed the initial interactions and conversations between the two main characters. Both Belinda and Romsdale are strong characters sharing many of the same characteristics like impatience and stubbornness.

However, the romance, as it were, seemed rather rushed and abrupt; the main characters went from hating each other to being in love with each other in one conversation. Also, the ending was rather unsatisfactory with no, in my opinion, conclusive ending; there is no verbal declaration of love from either characters (though maybe their actions are enough, I feel that in a romance novel it is customary to have such a scene).

All in all, 'The Random Gentleman' is a light-hearted Georgian Regency novel, well written with the right amount of archaic language and dialogue, though not to much as the make the narrative drag.

A good read, one I would recommend, but it just didn't quite do it for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant enough 12 April 2014
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This is a sweet romance. It was a pleasant enough read but not compelling enough to draw me into the story properly. I did not enjoy the childish behaviour of both characters in the first half of the story. At least it is a clean sweet romance story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars historical romance 8 Sep 2012
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I really enjoy the writing style of Elizabeth Chater. I find it reminds me of the style of Georgette Heyer , with the interesting expressions from the period. It also would be considered G-rated, since there are no sex scenes. I found the story an enjoyable read except I couldn't bring myself to be in sympathy with the main characters. I found they were prideful and immature and that hindered my ability to like them and thus really enjoy the story. As I said, the writing style though is very enjoyable and there is a storyline, so I was conflicted on how many stars to give it. It is too good for just 3 but 4 may be just a little bit too much because of all the other truly superb books out there. I would like to point out that quite enjoyed the other book by the author that I have read - the Marriage Mart - and I will definitely buy other books by her. For this one, I suggest reading the free sample of the book first ; the characters may not bother you that same as they did me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked the idea. Nice little story. 21 Mar 2013
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I liked this story. I don't buy books for sex. I buy because something about story interests me. This was typical historical and it wasn't bad. If you're looking for a seven page kiss, this is NOT for you. IF you want to read something nice and sweet, that doesn't leave bad taste in your mouth, go for it. It's typical for time period. Nicely done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Random Gentleman 11 Sep 2012
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Loved this book and will be looking for more from this author. Easy reading makes for a very enjoyable afternoon. This is the second book I have read from this author.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Passion... 10 May 2013
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I knew going into this story that it was light on romance. I read the other reviews, but I didn't really think it would be THAT lacking. I like a spunky heroine but Belinda was hard to like. The Duke was arrogant but I expected that from him, and I ended up liking him by the end. I don't think a romance has to have sex to be passionate. But this story was sorely lacking in passion and romance. I may be wrong but I think there was only one kiss. The ending was VERY abrupt...

SPOILER: You don't actually even see the two of them get together. It's just implied at the end.

On a positive note...I didn't really notice any editing or grammar problems. The author does write well, its just lacking real depth and feeling.

If you like real depth and emotions to your stories, I wouldn't recommend it. If you want a very light fast read. Check it out...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a dumb book 5 Aug 2013
By Rachel Marquardt - Published on
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The first words out of my mouth after finishing this book (truthfully, after realizing the book had ended only when 'About The Author' showed up, instead of the next chapter) were "That was so dumb." And really...that about sums it up.

If you don't mind reading a silly, very unromantic, uninteresting book full of overly complex, grandiose words gleaned from a thesaurus - then try this one out. Just remember, you have been forewarned.
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