Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master's degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has three cats and a dog. Also a son. One of the cats is his.
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Need More from this Author!26 Mar. 2003
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Having read Ms. Jewel's more recent novel, "Lord Ruin" which is a fabulous read, I looked for anything else that this talented author had written and found this older (1991) book. I am still looking for an even earlier novel "Passion's Song" but no luck so far! Elizabeth Willard had been a childhood friend of the very, handsome and dashing Nicolas Villines until the difference in their ages and fortune thrust them apart. Some four years later of having not `seen' one another, Elizabeth, and her cousin Amelia Willard were being presented to Society. Both girls were expected to find husbands and with the fortune behind the very beautiful Amelia this would be accomplished in one season. Elizabeth on the other hand, the `poor relation' would be reminded by her well meaning but clueless aunt that without a fortune her prospects would not be so bright. With her reticence, and charm though, it would be the more discerning gentlemen who would recognize her true worth including and especially, Nicolas Villines, the man who had stolen Elizabeth's heart long ago. Elizabeth would soon find that the close childhood friend had changed from the secretive man he had become. Conversely, while Nicolas continued to think of Elizabeth as a child he would have to soon reconcile himself that she had grown up and the feelings she was instilling in him were not those for a child. This was a very nice book, good dialog, interesting characterizations, but a rather simple plot that was easy to discern. Very pleasant book, but my one complaint would be that as the seduction is so tastefully, and sensually portrayed - you had to wait too long to get to it.
A light, sweet read4 Dec. 2011
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I had the same problem with this book that I had with Lord Ruin. It reeked of "Everybody Loves Elizabeth". The suitors in the book start out captivated by beautiful, charming Amelia, but eventually every single one of them turn their attentions to her less obvious, but far more compelling cousin, Elizabeth. In the course of the book, Elizabeth gets three proposals of marriage, but Amelia doesn't get a single one until almost the end. Given the times and the expectations of the day, I found it hard to believe that a young woman who was supposedly lovely and engaging and rich wouldn't get a single offer. It was a tad false and even a little wish fulfillment-y for me, even though I liked Elizabeth well enough as a character. I also found the ending abrupt and unsatisfying. For example, the introduction of Nicholas's cousin, Henry, near the end of the book seemed wholly unnecessary and clunky. Having said all that, I liked the characters that peopled the story. It was definitely nice to read something that had family members who championed a "poor relation" rather than abused her mercilessly. The relationship between Elizabeth and her uncle was especially heartwarming. All in all, the story was sweet. Not passionate or particularly sexy (even though there is a love scene in it), but light and romantic and sweet. I enjoyed it.