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The Rules of Gentility [Kindle Edition]

Janet Mullany
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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'Mullany is clearly the witty, secret love child of Jane Austen and Lord Byron. How she managed time travel is my only question' (USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Caskie)

'The saga of an Austen-era bachelorette puts the lie to Regency delicacy in this fun romantic spoof' (Publishers Weekly)

'You will find it very difficult to put this book down' (Janet Aylmer, author of Darcy's Story)

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Regency heiress Philomena Wellesley-Clegg has rather strong opinions about men and clothing. As to the former, so far two lords, a viscount, and a mad poet have fallen far short of her expectations. But she is about to meet Inigo Linsley, an unshaven, wickedly handsome man with a scandalous secret. He's nothing she ever dreamed she'd want—why then can she not stop thinking about how he looks in his breeches?

A delightful marriage of Pride and Prejudice with Bridget Jones's Diary, Janet Mullany's The Rules of Gentility transports us to the days before designer shoes, apple martinis, and speed dating—when great bonnets, punch at Almack's, and the marriage mart were in fashion—and captivates us with a winsome heroine who learns that some rules in society are made to be broken.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 205 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061229830
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (13 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UKON1W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #340,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight... 30 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
This is not your typical Regency novel, although it is set in the ton. For one, the heroine is extremely strong-willed, with very definite views on clothes and men, besides not being "missish". The hero dresses like a slob! It is a delight to observe how the two of them make a match of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully daft. 3.5 stars. 6 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you want to read something that will make you laugh, I recommend this book. I laughed out loud so many times when reading this book, I'm sure my family thought I was mad. The last 3rd was really daft hence the 3.5 stars. I wouldn't pay more than 0.99p for this on my kindle (if I was buying it). This was a library loan for me.

Regency heiress Philomena Wellesley-Clegg has rather strong opinions about men and clothing. As to the former, so far two lords, a viscount, and a mad poet have fallen far short of her expectations. But she is about to meet Inigo Linsley, an unshaven, wickedly handsome man with a scandalous secret. He's nothing she ever dreamed she'd want--why then can she not stop thinking about how he looks in his breeches?
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read 25 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed this book. It had its laugh out loud moments! Would read ,ore by this author. A great read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars 5 Aug 2007
By AK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Philomena Wellesley-Clegg is on the verge of being betrothed to a man she most assuredly does not want to marry when the sinfully handsome Inigo Linsley corners her and proposes an engagement of convenience. They will be secretly betrothed, but not really, thus getting both of their families off their backs, but leaving her free to find another suitor, one she does actually care for and him to find a wealthy, titled heiress. Though she fails to see the logic of his outrageous proposal, she agrees. Neither one counted on arriving at the point where they would want the fake betrothal to be real or that they would feel the need to break it off for the sake of love, but that is only one of the many unexpected things the hapless pair will find taking place in the days to come.

*** Told in a present tense he said/she said fashion, The Rules of Gentility can be somewhat awkward to read at times for stylistic reasons. However, there is a great deal of comedy and even the mildly scandalous aspects are handled with utmost tact and good taste, rendering it a worthwhile read. If you do enjoy Regencies and/or Chick Lit, this is a must read. ***

Amanda Killgore
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and fun 10 April 2008
By Bookphile - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I picked this book up on a whim and found it an enjoyable spoof of a regency romance. The author stated that she was shooting for a sort of Bridget Jones's Diary meets Jane Austen and though I didn't enjoy the book as much as Bridget Jones, I did think it was pretty witty and rather entertaining. The author has a nice ear for funny dialog and the characters were likable. Some of them were stock characters but purposely so and the author put them to good comedic and satirical effect.

My only real gripe with the book is perhaps rather more a personal one: I wasn't really buying Inigo as the ideal mate for Philomena. I would have preferred to see her with Tom. I'm not one for the "irresistible bad boy" and though Inigo does ostensibly mend his ways, I still found him a bit too much on the rake side for him to really win me over.

What surprised me most about this book was that there was more emotional depth and maturity to it than I expected. While it isn't exactly a novel of great psychological depth (and that's not necessarily a gripe either as I'm not exactly a huge fan of novels that make you want to go on Prozac once you've finished them), the author has a nice, light touch. The book is a spoof but there are some real instances of human insight and kindness. For that reason, I'd give it three and a half stars.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rules of Gentility 15 Dec 2009
By Nancy Talbot Doty - Published on Amazon.com
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As a fifty-year Georgette Heyer fan, I'm always looking for quality regency romances. This one opened as an annoying disappointment (first person, present tense format) and developed as one of the most delightful. Charming characters had funny flaws and the narrative made me laugh aloud again and again. Perhaps best of all, Mullany managed to tell a really "sexy" story without the boring graphic scene which seems to have become obligatory lately. Her "off color" allusions were beautifully done; although they required that the reader be alert. She has a true gift. (Although I wish she'd use it without the present tense format.....and trying to present the point of view of two characters in first person was more awkward than it needs to be.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars amusing Regency Chick Lit romance 4 Aug 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Philomena Wellesley-Clegg knows beyond a shadow of the doubt that females are the superior gender in spite of society enabling men to control the wealth. Ergo, the heiress has no option except to accept a betrothal from whatever man she considers the less of all evils. Disreputable Inigo Linsley, who has family pressures to marry, knows how she feels. He offers her a different arrangement so that she can stay free a little longer and he can temporarily prevent his family schemes to matchmake him; his plan is to fake an engagement between them.

Philomena knows the concept is ridiculous, but likes the idea of buying time until she selects her life mate. She agrees to his inane offer. As they fall in love, she wants to select Inigo as her spouse while he tells her the truth about the scandal of having a child out of wedlock because he wants to be her chosen one.

Rotating perspective between the lead couple, THE RULES OF GENTILITY is an amusing Regency Chick Lit romance. Philomena is a fabulous protagonist as her list of losers dwindle and her asides to her best friend are humorous and insightful. Inigo is a typical rake who uses deception to get through the season without a wife. Fans will enjoy their battles as neither anticipated love would lead them to such a mess as both wants the engagement to be real, but cannot admit it because they want to protect their hearts from being broken.

Harriet Klausner
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ...too funny 9 Aug 2007
By Margaret - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is loaded with humor...almost non-stop slapstick. I enjoy a good laugh as much as the next person--but it was too much of that and little of anything else. More disappointing was the flat romance between Philomena and Inigo.

This book was not for me...I struggled to finish it.
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