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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing if silly conclusion to the "Rakes beyond redemption" trilogy
This rather proposterous but entertaining 19th century historical romance, set a couple of years before Queen Victoria came to the throne, is the third and last in a group of romances about three friends and notorious rakes. The series is called the "Rakes beyong redemption" trilogy and consists of:

1) How to Disgrace a Lady (Mills & Boon Historical)
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3.0 out of 5 stars How to Sin Successfully
On my kindle, not enough hours in the day to do a lot of reading, I will get around to it eventually and I am sure it will be enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing if silly conclusion to the "Rakes beyond redemption" trilogy, 31 Jan 2013
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This rather proposterous but entertaining 19th century historical romance, set a couple of years before Queen Victoria came to the throne, is the third and last in a group of romances about three friends and notorious rakes. The series is called the "Rakes beyong redemption" trilogy and consists of:

1) How to Disgrace a Lady (Mills & Boon Historical)
2) How to Ruin a Reputation (Mills & Boon Historical)
3) Thia book "How to sin successfully."

The three romances largely stand alone, but the heroes and heroines of the first two books are called in to help at the climax of this one.

The prologue of this book takes place at the opening of a Royal Academy of Art exhibition at Somerset House in London in May 1835, where the last of the three "Rakes beyond Redemption" to be still single, Riordan Barrett, has taken a married lady as part of a campaign to seduce her. And then a letter arrives - his brother has died and he is now the Earl of Chatham. Under his brother's will he also has also required the responsibility to look after two young children, the son and daughter of his dead cousin. So the next thing he needs is a governess to look after them.

Three weeks later a young lady calling herself Maura Caulfield arrives at "Mrs Pendergast's referral service for ladies of good breeding" which is the 19th century equivalent of an employment agency. Desperate for work, she takes the one job which Mrs Pendergast has on offer for young lady with no references, which is only available because no other respectable woman will take it. Bad enough that the new Earl of Chatham has a terrible reputation as a notorious rake, but the job of dealing with his two young wards is clearly impossible: all five governesses who took the post in the past three weeks have quickly quit or been fired.

But while the previous five governesses have not got on with the children, Maura finds them delightful. Her employer, the new Earl of Chatham is sinfully attractive but she is determined not to let anything happen between them, which could only ruin her. However, things do not go as planned - and both Riordan and Maura have enemies plotting their downfall who will be only too quick to take advantage of any mis-step ...

An amusing if preposterous book, but if an author is going to set a novel at a particular date in history, it is worth making an effort to get the feel of the novel appropriate to that date.

For example, I have read more than regency romance, often written by someone who ought to have known better, set before Sir Robert Peel founded the Metropolitan Police in 1829, which referred to the police at a time when they did not exist.

This one does the opposite: it is set six years after the creation of the Metropolitan Police but refers to "Bow Street" e.g. the bow street "runners" who admittedly did still exist in 1835, in a context in which it is more likely that a resident of London at that time would have referred to the police.

The book also includes an incident when Riordan is teaching the children about games of chance and justifies this by saying that card games are good for learning maths and teach quick addition. Maura replies "As do regular flash cards."

When I read this I thought "surely that's wrong?" and was interested enough to check when flash cards came into use as a teaching method. In fact, "Reading Disentangled" by Favell Lee Mortimer, which is back in print because of its historical significance, and which is often claimed to be the first example of flashcards as a teaching aid, was first published in 1834, a year before this book is set. So it would not be quite correct to say that teaching flash cards did not exist in 1835.

However, Favell Lee Mortimer's 1834 system was employed to teach the English language, not arithmetic, and it is most unlikely that even the most forward-thinking governess in 1835, if she dared to rebuke or tease her employer at all, would have inferred that "regular flash cards" were the normal means to teach maths or arithmetic.

(Another book featuring the words of Favell Lee Mortimer which is still in print in the 21st century is "The Clumsiest People in Europe: A Bad-Tempered Guide To The World" which consists of extracts from her works written to teach children about Geography. It comes over today as hysterically funny, but not because the author intended it to be.)

Despite these and a few other anachronisms, this novel is an amusing way to spend an hour if you are not looking for anything too serious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to sin successfully by Bronwyn Scott, 9 May 2014
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Well written another excellent story by Bronwyn Scott and you will enjoy it too. Thanks kindle for Mills and Boon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great new author, 3 Feb 2014
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I have discovered the books of Bronwyn Scott and really like the way she writes and her characters are interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to sin successfully, 30 Oct 2013
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Great book I would recommend this book to all great read and story line and ending would read again well written
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3.0 out of 5 stars How to Sin Successfully, 10 Jan 2014
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On my kindle, not enough hours in the day to do a lot of reading, I will get around to it eventually and I am sure it will be enjoyable.
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