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The Marrying Season (Legend of St. Dwynwen) [Mass Market Paperback]

Candace Camp
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (23 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145163952X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451639520
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I want my own Myles! 4 May 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'll admit, I'm a bit of a sucker for the trope of childhood friends marrying, and falling in love, and The Marrying Season nails it perfectly.

This is the third book in the Legend of St. Dwynwen trilogy, and it acts as a stand alone book perfectly well. I've not read the previous two, but that wasn't a problem. I never felt lost in a back story I didn't understand.

When Genevieve is caught in a situation that appears rather scandalous, though she is an innocent victim, her fiance callously rejects her publicly- ruining her in the progress. Luckily the gallant Sir Myles steps in to save the day. Myles is Genevieve's brother's old friend, and he has known Genevieve since they were children.

Genevieve is known as an ice princess and has a cold, haughty demeanor but it's because she's shy and awkward around people she doesn't know well. I related with Genevieve, and was cheering her on as she embarked on her marriage with Myles. At first she doesn't want to marry Myles because she doesn't wish to hurt him in the long run, but once they're married he awakens a passion in her she didn't realise she had.

Myles was absolutely perfect, I want my own Myles! He's handsome, funny, kind but also protective and strong. He's always desired Genevieve, but pushed it aside knowing she would never be his. But now that she is, he's determined to make theirs a real marriage.

The chemistry between Myles and Genevieve was red hot! She was so endearing in her innocence when they were married. Although Genevieve is pretty stubborn, and she mentions often that she has the heart of a Stafford. They had such an idyllic time once they were married and out of London, but things go downhill between them when they return. Misunderstandings and stubbornness abounds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Marrying Season 18 Aug 2013
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This was a present for a friend. She always enjoys Candace Camp and this was no exception to the rule.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex heroine with an ordinary plot and hero, 3.5 stars 24 April 2013
By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* - Published on Amazon.com
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The last of the Legend of St. Dwynwen trilogy by Candace Camp features a few familiar tropes - friends to lovers, marriage of convenience - but nonetheless creates a good, though perhaps not superb, read.

This was a satisfying read involving a marriage of convenience turning into something more. While the story has a few bumps in the middle and a rather abrupt ending, the first half of the book made up for its somewhat convoluted resolution. I may be of the minority of readers who like the heroine, Genevieve, more than the hero, Myles, for the fact that Genevieve has a far greater depth of character than the archetypal kind and charming Myles, whose exhibition of a myriad of pig-headed behavior lessened my esteem for him.

The story starts with the wedding of Genevieve's brother, Alec, the Earl of Rawdon(A Summer Seduction), and introduces the familiar cast of characters from the previous books who are heavily involved in this one. Genevieve is known as an ice princess, a cold beauty whose seemingly haughty demeanor and strict adherence to proper behavior leaves only faraway admirers. She is a childhood friend of Sir Myles Thorwood, and their teasing dialogue reveals a friendly relationship that is unlikely to be anything more. However, months later, Genevieve is placed in a scandalous situation, her fiance having cried off, and Myles steps up to offer his name in order to save her reputation. Neither wanted to marry the other, but both are convinced to make the best out of this marriage. Can love possibly enter the equation?

The spark between Genevieve and Myles ignited their passion and sustained the story to a blissful respite until the midpoint, when the question of the culprit who tried to besmirch Genevieve's reputation came up. Genevieve's cold demeanor has been thawing under Myles's care, and she has repeatedly shown herself to be kind and caring, even to spend hours playing with Myles's nieces and nephews. Genevieve's coldness is in actuality a facade, crafted under the guidance of her noble grandmother, and one she uses to hide her insecurities. Indeed, Genevieve so often disparages herself that she seems to lack confidence, actualizing the rumors of her coldness. Her devotion to her grandmother to make a match befitting their noble lineage and her loyalty to her brother show her to be a noble character. Her initial reason to refuse Myles, on the basis that he deserved better then a cold woman, also proved her to possess a heart. It annoyed me greatly that many people in the story kept on mentioning her not having a heart, when that is entirely false.

Myles, I felt, could have done with a bit more intellect. Sure, he was charming to begin with, and was kind to Genevieve, but he so often lashed out hurtful words and behaved like an idiot in the latter half of the book that I had trouble believing his laconic declaration of love in the end, literally on the last page. I also do not feel that he deserved Genevieve, as it took him a long time to see the true Genevieve, and harbored foolish notions of her only caring for a title.

The mystery aspect of the novel was left with an abrupt resolution (the culprit was also fairly obvious) with nothing on a due punishment or consequences. As it stands, I feel there were far too many love scenes and not enough on the rest to balance out the plot of the story, but perhaps a good epilogue could have remedied that.

Though this book has some flaws, it is fairly engaging and makes for a good afternoon's read. If nothing else, read this for Candace Camp's lyrical writing and lush imagery as they do make up in part for the deficiencies in plot and the hero.

*I received an ARC from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written, Interesting Characters, But Plot Weakens Half-Way Through 23 Jun 2013
By Reader from Washington, DC - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the last book in a trilogy, but you don't need to have read the first two books to enjoy this novel.It is well-written and reasonably historically accurate, but the plot develops problems half-way through the novel.

The heroine, Lady Genevieve Stafford, is intriguing -- she has a low opinion of her looks, believes that past suitors were only interested in her dowry and family lineage, and possesses a quick temper, a sharp tongue and clear-eyed, unromantic view of the ton's social mores. She is forced to marry one of her brother's friends, Sir Myles, due to a disastrous encounter with another man.

Myles is sweet, easygoing, and has been a friend of Genevieve's since she was 13 years old, but finds that Genevieve's relentlessly cool and acerbic outlook may form a barrier to their happiness.

After struggling with several obstacles and becoming romantically involved after the wedding, the novel has a HEA ending -- halfway through the novel!

(POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!)

Then the novel resumes again, and the second half is much weaker and much less romantic. The hero and heroine stop having sex -- after having had a passionately sexual and romantic relationship -- and they don't have sex again for the rest of the book!

There is a secondary plot that was hinted at in the first half of the book that suddenly takes center stage in the second half of the book. Then there is a second HEA ending, on the last page of the book. I was like -- what just happened here? (scratching my head in puzzlement)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ... 16 July 2013
By Not Telling - Published on Amazon.com
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I struggled with this latest from Camp, because I just couldn't like Genevieve. She WAS a little cold. She wasn't warm or kind or caring, more like rude and conceited.

She was also the biggest and most annoying prude of a heroine I've ever read. I had been hoping that she would have to apologize at the end, instead of the poor hero who was quite sweet. I'm not really sure when and where he ever saw the "caring" side of her which he spoke of, must've happened off-screen.

As usual, Camp's love scenes were sensual and delightful. I would have enjoyed them, and the book, more, if the heroine was a more warm character.

One last thing that grated on my nerves, was her incessant use of the word "nonsensical." God, everything anyone did or said was "nonsensical." Because apparently no one's perfect but Genevieve.

I didn't like her in the last book, and I tried really hard to see where she was coming from and be on her side, but I just couldn't. There was no reason for her haughtiness.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome twist on the "brother's friend" theme 28 April 2013
By Christopher - Published on Amazon.com
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This review was originally posted on "The Historical Romance Critic" [thehrcritic.com]

It seems to me that the romantic pairing of a young lady and her brother's friend has just about been done to death. The heroine invariably has had a secret infatuation for at least a decade, the hero's perspective shifts completely over a small time frame, and the resulting transition to a real relationship often comes out unconvincingly. Keeping those thoughts in mind, Candace Camp's upcoming novel The Marrying Season caught my interest by having a distinctive twist on the well worn formula. Neither the hero nor the heroine are suffering from an abundance of unrequited love, although the actions of both characters suggest they have some level of unconscious feelings for each other. It is only when the heroine's reputation is damaged that the hero proposes out of a desire to protect her with his name. What follows is a marriage-of-convenience plot that - while not wholly satisfying - includes stretches of affectionate romance interspersed between the predictable bouts of misunderstandings and general unhappiness. The compelling writing is clearly the result of a seasoned author, and the character of the heroine was so engaging that I became desperately involved in wanting her to achieve her happy ending.

The heroine of The Marrying Season struggles quite a bit throughout the novel, and I found it impossible not to have a great deal of empathy for her. To begin with: she had a rather isolated existence growing up, and the only real role model she has in her life is her very traditional grandmother. All of this has resulted in her having mediocre social skills. She hides behind an icy facade of politeness, and - when uncertain - follows her grandmother's lead in doing all that is proper. The grandmother matches the heroine with a extremely dull and haughty fiancee. The heroine is not entirely comfortable with the arrangement, but knows it is the acceptable step to take and has little hope for finding a love match. The couple are nearing their wedding date as the storyline starts off. When the heroine is found unchaperoned in the presence of an overzealous admirer, the heroine's fiancee instantly cries off. The heroine's reputation is left in tatters. The hero - a family friend who is very protective of the heroine - quickly offers her marriage as a solution to her problems. The hero is one of the few people the heroine is familiar with enough to be her true self. He is presented as a very charming and easygoing man, someone who is always being pursued by the ladies despite not being an actual rake. The hero and heroine have a bickering relationship that resembles that of two siblings, and a similar level of affection for each other. The heroine is extremely torn about the hero's offer: she does not wish to bring scandal upon her family name, and yet is afraid that the hero is acting as a martyr. She reluctantly accepts the proposal, and a honeymoon period follows - both literally and figuratively. The hero seduces his wife into delights of the marriage bed with copious amounts of affection, and they settle into an enjoyable relationship with each other that is merely an extension of the bond they already had. But all honeymoons must come to an end, and contention sets in as the main characters have some serious arguments. The heroine is dismayed to believe the hero has been acting out of duty towards her, and the wedge that is driven between them causes both characters significant grief. I found myself being annoyed repeatedly by the hero's actions. He would become bitter at times towards the heroine for thinking him frivolous and carefree, even though that is exactly the side of his personality he shows the world. He also appears to have some resentment towards the heroine for thinking herself to be socially above him, when there is absolutely no evidence to support these beliefs. The hero is hopeless at anticipating the heroine's many fears and turbulent feelings resulting from their spats. His "solution" to any of their problems is physical intimacy, which only tends to cause further problems. Much of the second half of the book alternates between these romantic conflicts and a mystery plot, and the hero and heroine try to discover who set up the heroine to be compromised in the first place.

To my disappointment, Candace Camp's The Marrying Season shared some of the same flaws commonly found in romance novels. As with other friends-to-lovers plots, the transition from being platonic companions to romantic lovers was murky at best. As with other marriage-of-convenience stories, inane misunderstandings and hurt feelings are used to drag out the conflict endlessly until everything can be finally tied up at the happily-ever-after. Still, I found it to be an enjoyable novel overall. The writing was well-done, the heroine shone as a character that the reader can root for, and there were scenes scattered across the storyline where the protagonists' relationship felt particularly sweet and authentic. I cannot give Camp's The Marrying Season an overwhelming recommendation, but I do think it's a historical romance worth checking out.

*Note: I received a free review copy of this novel. This, of course, did not affect my opinion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable historical romance 7 May 2013
By Pamerd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Genevieve Stafford is considered the ice princess; she is a very reserved and quiet woman. Her brother is getting married and now her grandmother is ready for her to make a perfect marriage match without any scandals. So seven months later she does just that, she is engaged to the perfect and boring Lord Dursbury. However the scandal sheets seem to have her in their sites, saying that it is just a matter of time before he calls the wedding off.

Sir Myles Thorwood is a friend of Genevieve's brother, Alec and had always been around her family, they were close enough that when together that rarely talked without arguing or disagreeing over something, one of the only times you would see them enjoying each other's company was when they were dancing, as she thought he was one of the best dancers around.

At a party, Genevieve is passed a note from Myles asking her to meet in the Library, however when she gets there, he is not there, instead she finds an intoxicated Foster Langdon who has often bothered Genevieve, he tries to kiss her and as she is struggling, Myles enters the library, followed closely by Lord Dursbury and his step mother. Through no fault of her own, she is ruined.

Immediately Lord Dursbury calls off the wedding bringing truth to what the scandal sheets were predicting. Myles, being the gentleman that he is, offers to marry Genevieve, however at first she turns him down. She eventually says yes after talking to her grandmother, brother and friends and realizing there is no other way out of the scandal.

The marriage takes place right away and they leave for his country home, but before they get there he wants to stay in a small cottage on his estate to help her adjust to her new life. Everything is going well until distrust and misunderstandings surface about that night in the library.

This was a very enjoyable romance of childhood friends who grow up, have to deal with scandals and then find love. Genevieve and Myles have known each other forever as he is good friends with her brother Alex, and although they do not see each other much and may snip and argue but they genuinely like each other. When they marry, they even get along for the most part, however distrust and miscommunication tear at their thin bond.

I really liked Myles, he is such a wonderful gentleman who is willing to do what is needed to help a friend and he was always trying to find the right words when Genevieve is being so stubborn, trying to make her feel better. And stubborn is truly what Genevieve is, throughout the whole book. She is portrayed as this ice queen however most of her attitude is because she is awkward at socializing and is nervous, but she does not help her cause when she has trouble trusting that someone would help her just because, she was very frustrating for me as I was waiting for her to believe in Myles.

The story is romantic and sweet without much drama until the end as they try to find out who wants to damage Genevieve's reputation even after she is married. The chemistry works well and they are a great couple, especially when they first get married and were by themselves at the cottage, without distractions they were able to get to know each other. Unfortunately reality gets in the way and distrust settles in. I enjoyed the banter back and forth during the times they were getting along; they seemed to be great friends. This is the third in this trilogy however each book can be read independently, you do see the other characters from the first two books but it is very easy to know who they are and their stories.

Overall a wonderful story that will appeal to all historical romance fans.

Review also posted at Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind
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