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True Colours (Harlequin Regency Romance) Mass Market Paperback – Mar 2001

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books (Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373511345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373511341
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,791,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicola Cornick is a historian and historical romance author. She studied at London University and Ruskin College Oxford and works for the National Trust as a guide at the seventeenth century hunting lodge Ashdown House in Oxfordshire. Her award-winning books are international bestsellers and have been translated into 26 languages.

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True Colours is a Regency romance full of passion and humour
True Colours is a Regency romance full of passion and humour

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 May 2010
Format: Paperback
This story has many elements typical of the regency genre: a beautiful, spirited heroine, handsome brooding aristocratic hero, a cast of relatives both kind and unkind, friends of both the hero and heroine who appear to be kind and supportive but amongst whose ranks lurks a wicked villain waiting to be unmasked in his true colours ...

James, Marquis of Mullineaux and heir to his grandfather, the Duke of Cardace, has just returned from a period of seven years abroad. He is barely back in England when he runs into (almost literally, there is a carriage accident) the very woman who he went abroad to avoid, his former fiance Lady Alicia Carberry.

Several years, before the then Miss Alicia Brosely had been forced by her manipulative father to break her engagement to James Mullineaux and marry instead the wealthy Sir George Carberry, who then died on her wedding night, leaving her a rich widow. These former events left both James and Alicia with what appear to be good reasons to think the worst of each other, and when they are initially flung together again by circumstances both respond with angry disdain.

Yet each also proves unable to ignore the other - some spark of what they once had stubbornly refuses to die. As the Marquis and Lady Carberry walk an uneasy line between anger, passion and scandal, her father and one of her closest friends are plotting, unbeknown to Alicia, to make her part of their latest scheme ...

Reasonably entertaining and well crafted regency romance: this one came out in 1998 and IMHO the books the author has written since then show a significant improvement, but it's OK for a little light amusement.
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Nicola Cornick writes well, but the plot of this story relies very heavily on the heroine's extremely irritating (to me) behaviour. The whole premise of the separation of the protagonists is based on her father's manipulation, but the heroine really drags out the original misunderstanding because of her 'pride.' Using this plot device to prolong the story, an abduction by a nasty villain and a couple of murders that took this too much into gothic melodrama for my taste, mean I found the story okay, but I wouldn't waste my time re-reading it. Therefore, only three stars.
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Traditional Regency 18 Mar. 2001
By John Whelan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Harlequin / Mills and Boon have some gems in their backlist and this is one of them.
From the back cover of the Mills and Boon large print edition:
They shared a past... The first person the Marquis of Mullineaux meets upon his return to England is the very last person he wants to see - Lady Carberry, the woman who scandalised the haute ton by breaking off their engagement. She is just as displeased to meet the man who sacrificed her reputation to save his pride. Thrown together by circumstance, Alicia and James find themselves constantly at war with one another. James is determined to discover the truth about their past and only then does he also discover that behind their anger lies a passion that has never died.
Glittering Seasons... country estates Matchmaking mamas...a Regency delight!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Debut Regency 10 Dec. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This a stylish and enjoyable debut Regency. I have read all Ms. Cornick's books and what I like about them is their originality in such a popular genre. Perhaps TRUE COLOURS a little over-written in places - every noun seems to have at least one accompanying adjective - but this could be put down to the author's inexperience. The plot is exciting and the characters engaging. Ms Cornick is a fresh and welcome addition to the Regency writing scene.
Regency remance, prequel to "The Larkswood Legacy", 16 May 2010
By Marshall Lord - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This story has many elements typical of the regency genre: a beautiful, spirited heroine, handsome brooding aristocratic hero, a cast of relatives both kind and unkind, friends of both the hero and heroine who appear to be kind and supportive but amongst whose ranks lurks a wicked villain waiting to be unmasked in his true colours ...

James, Marquis of Mullineaux and heir to his grandfather, the Duke of Cardace, has just returned from a period of seven years abroad. He is barely back in England when he runs into (almost literally, there is a carriage accident) the very woman who he went abroad to avoid, his former fiance Lady Alicia Carberry.

Several years, before the then Miss Alicia Brosely had been forced by her manipulative father to break her engagement to James Mullineaux and marry instead the wealthy Sir George Carberry, who then died on her wedding night, leaving her a rich widow. These former events left both James and Alicia with what appear to be good reasons to think the worst of each other, and when they are initially flung together again by circumstances both respond with angry disdain.

Yet each also proves unable to ignore the other - some spark of what they once had stubbornly refuses to die. As the Marquis and Lady Carberry walk an uneasy line between anger, passion and scandal, her father and one of her closest friends are plotting, unbeknown to Alicia, to make her part of their latest scheme ...

Reasonably entertaining and well crafted regency romance: this one came out in 1998 and IMHO the books the author has written since then show a significant improvement, but it's OK for a little light amusement. It just scrapes a fourth star because I like the characters and the perspective on several stages of their lives.

There is a sequel, "The Larkswood Legacy (Lords & Ladies Collection)" set a few years later, in which the heroine is Alicia's sister Annabella. Both Alicia and her friend Caroline Kilgarren are important characters in that book, in which the two sisters have to deal with and move on from some of the consequences of the events of this one.
A superb Historical Romance. 4 July 2010
By Em Knowell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Is there a better romance than an old-flame story? If you love reading about a hero and heroine with a shared past, but unfinished business, then this is definitely the book for you. Almost the first person the Marquis of Mullineaux meets on his return to England, is the one person he hoped never to see again - Lady Carberry, the woman who cruelly broke off their engagement a few years earlier. She's not too happy about the encounter either. From that point onwards they are constantly thrown together by circumstance and constantly at war with each other. This is, of course, because of their unresolved issues and ambivalent feelings towards one another - love & hate - ingredients that make a poignant romance. It deserves every one of those 5 stars, without question.
THIS IS DEFINITELY A KEEPER! 20 Nov. 2001
By M. Hartmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -- Don't pass up this book or any other by this author -- the stories are so refreshing and a delightful change from the contemporaries.
You will thoroughly enjoy these characters and their story.
Find out the truth behind the troubles and confrontations of James and Alicia and how the resolved them.
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