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4.0 out of 5 stars A few mistakes but very good altogether.
Ms Hawkins seems to be labouring under the misapprehension that people from the East End of London speak with an Irish accent. Also, in all of the Talisman Series books she doesn't seem to realise that as sons of a Marquis, the brothers all have courtesy titles, so Brand isn't Mr St. John; he's Lord Brandon St. John and this particular book's hero is Lord Chase St. John...
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3.0 out of 5 stars funny!!!!
I have read all books about the St.John Brothers, and I liked them all without exception, but this one is the funniest, look out for Harriet's mother and sisters, you will love them and you will laugh you head off in all their dealings with the poor Chase, who hasn't got a clue of what to do with this family.
I enjoyed the way Harriet tried to convince Chase that he...
Published on 19 July 2004 by jack reacher


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars funny!!!!, 19 July 2004
This review is from: How to Treat a Lady (St. John Brothers) (Mass Market Paperback)
I have read all books about the St.John Brothers, and I liked them all without exception, but this one is the funniest, look out for Harriet's mother and sisters, you will love them and you will laugh you head off in all their dealings with the poor Chase, who hasn't got a clue of what to do with this family.
I enjoyed the way Harriet tried to convince Chase that he likes the barn and the sheep in it, the way their love blossomed under the sun in the open fields, and in the end love conquers all!! Obvious but really touching, Chase has a lot of healing to do and what better then a new love to help and a little magic from a certain ring that never fails to find its mark!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A few mistakes but very good altogether., 12 Mar. 2007
This review is from: How to Treat a Lady (St. John Brothers) (Mass Market Paperback)
Ms Hawkins seems to be labouring under the misapprehension that people from the East End of London speak with an Irish accent. Also, in all of the Talisman Series books she doesn't seem to realise that as sons of a Marquis, the brothers all have courtesy titles, so Brand isn't Mr St. John; he's Lord Brandon St. John and this particular book's hero is Lord Chase St. John and not Mr St. John.

If it wasn't for that, the book would get a 5 star rating however those mistakes are really annoying and so she misses out on one star. Other than that, who can resist this endearing book? The plot is farce-like, Chase knows who he is but pretends to have amnesia whilst the Ward family believe they have convinced him that he is a Captain betrothed to Henrietta. All the while they have no idea the joke is on them and that Chase is merely playing along.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very witty, 21 May 2006
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Very amusing and witty read. Chase the youngest of the St.John brothers' feels that he has to leave England to save the honour of his family that he thinks he has disgraced. He comes to this decision with a heavy heart, not wanting to leave his family. On the way to the coast he gets robbed and hit on the head and is found by the Ward family. Before he know it he is embroiled in a plan to save the Ward's estate from the bank by pretending to be Harriet Wards non-existant sea faring fiancee. This involves the indolent young rakehell in hearding and shearing sheep amongst other things. Add to the mix Harriet's inventive mother, two sisters and two brothers and the dastardly bank official who has decided to marry Harriet himself in order to further his social standing and you have the mix for a Regency romp. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars witty, well developed characters, 10 July 2010
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I like the twist to the amnesia/mistaken identity plot as both Chase and Harriet's family know they are lying about who they say they are. After being rescued by Harriet from a robbery, Chase pretends to have amnesia to avoid having his identity known as he is fleeing the country (for personal reasons) and Harriet and her family, presuming Chase actually suffered from amnesia, had told Chase that he is this Captain Frakenham person who is engaged to Harriet -- a totally made up character invented by the family so that the banks would give them more time to make a repayment on a loan made by Harriet's late father. Except the bank had suddenly put on the pressure and demanded to have proof of the Captain's existence so they give the identity to Chase. And so the fun and games begin!

The book has witty dialogue, poignant scenes and is very character-driven, which to me is the most important aspect of a romance novel as it really is at the heart a fantasy/love story so the the characters have to be individual, well developed and layered. I think Ms Hawkins has achieved that with all the characters in this book -- you get to know them so well that you know exactly what they would say or jow they might react to a situation(although the character would say it in a wittier fashion than what I could come up with,lol). So the characters are dynamic and develop through the story -- Chase and Harriet complement each others' personalities and make the other a "better person". They are from completely different backgrounds and I like how Chase "grew up" through the "fish out of water" experience and yet still be the "Chase you know and love". And oh my Harriet's family is something else as well - what an inspiring group of characters. I enjoyed reading this book.

I only gave this 4 stars though because as much as I liked the characters and would definitely want to know through the rest of the talisman series what has happened to them since the ending of this book, I did feel that the love scenes were a bit... restrained. As if Ms Hawkins is not very comfortable writing them -- these scenes are quite integral to a love story because it changes the dynamic of the relationship from then on so it's quite pivotal to the couple's relationship development/deterioration whichever the result of being intimate with each other and where the relationship goes from there. So I found it odd that even though the emotions/thoughts are conveyed in these scenes the actual intimacy of the moment is sort of "left to the imagination" which left me feeling a bit flat. I don't know, I just was not convinced that they were feeling as intensely passionate as was being made to believe.

Also, I felt a bit cheated on the epilogue. I don't want to spoil anything but the epilogue really mainly served as an introduction/advertisement to the next book in the series which I think is unfair. This was Chase and Harriet's story, so the epilogue should have focused more on them I think (like what did they do to Harriet's family's estate or something). Otherwise, don't call it an epilogue! The actual ending was good though and ties up all the conflicts in the story. All in all, a good read. I definitely recommend it.
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How to Treat a Lady (St. John Brothers) by Karen Hawkins (Mass Market Paperback - 5 Feb. 2004)
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