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Wolf Joan : Counterfeit Marriage (Signet) [Mass Market Paperback]

Joan Wolf

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reissue edition (27 Feb 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451138066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451138064
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,407,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, daring Regency with Great Characters! 5 Mar 2007
By Tobi2772 - Published on Amazon.com

Enchantingly beautiful Catherine Renwick had good cause to despise darkly handsome, insufferably arrogant James Pembroke, Earl of Allandale.

It was this deplorable man who on a night of wild debauchery caused Catherine to be abducted and brought to him at a country inn. It was he who took her virtue by force, and left her threatened with disgrace.

True, he now was willing to make amends by giving her his name in marriage. And equally true, she had no choice but to accept. But Catherine was sure that nothing in the world could erase her hatred for him or her horror of his embrace.

Catherine was an innocent no longer - yet she had so much to learn about love and the maddening deceptions of the heart...

I really really liked this book. I find it extremely courageous to deal with an issue that undoubtedly occurred quite often in 19th century England and deal with it in such a way as to actually interest and involve the reader greatly. The characters were both well-built and complex, yet they were honest with each other from the first. As a great hater of the 'miserunderstandings' plot line in Regencies, I applaud Ms. Wolf's attempt and success at dealing with a dark issue with such class and style.

I found it completely believable for the two characters to fall in love after such a traumatic beginning and applauded it as well! Life is full of possibilities and most of the solutions are not black and white as Ms. Wolf very cleverly shows us in this book.

This is a true love story that surmounts all and I highly recommend it.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good at all 7 Dec 2004
By SusieQ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was Joan Wolf's first novel, and any writer who gets a book written & published deserves at least one star. But, in terms of plot and character development, I'd say this story really shows "first time writer" syndrome. This is a romance novel, and therefore I could NOT get over the fact that the hero actually rapes the heroine. He's not much of a hero to begin with (too rich, too controlling, and too spoiled by women). And the circumstances surrounding the heroine's rape! The heroine can't talk or scream because her throat is very sore & she's recovering from flu? And the way she's kidnapped by the hero's drunken friend, while out riding? The whole scenario just seemed too unreal and overdone.

I never believed these two people could fall in love with each other after such a beginning, and Ms. Wolf did not convince me otherwise.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 28 Dec 2013
By Mock Turtle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was awful, and not just because of the beginning. The schmalzy ending is almost worse. I wonder how many more mistakes the H could blame on getting drunk? He sleeps with his scheming mistress and betrays his pregnant wife (although by now he supposedly has genuine feelings for her)... and everyone knows it, but no-one (including the h) really cares much about it, it seems. At least he never apologizes for it. The h is a country-lass of only 17, but has a grasp of European history and political events to show up any of the big-wig political leaders of the time. Oh, that's when she's not playing the piano, tuning it single-handedly (!), singing like an angel, riding like the devil and displaying her superior knowledge of horses. Did I mention that she is adapt in social situations, dances really well and is simply stunning, gaining her pre-pregnancy figure after only a few weeks? Sigh. I'm probably just jealous...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs new beginning 26 Jun 2007
By Soyini - Published on Amazon.com
I often wish for a different ending in books, but this is one where I wish the author had chosen a different beginning. Couldn't she have found another reason for a forced marriage than a brutal, drunken rape? That being said, the rest of the book is great, if you can suspend your disbelief that the drunken rapist is really a nice guy and concentrate on the development of the love story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well... 19 Feb 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The man was at first upset he'd committed rape... but his friend was worse. He threatened to break her arm if she didn't allow him to deliver her to the 'hero'. And later, the jerk bemoans the fact that he was too drunk to remember 'raping that because of her beauty
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