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5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL ROMP
Ailistair Carsington is in the dog house. His father, the Earl of Hargate, is infuriated by the latest scandal he has caused and demands that he marry and settle down. To escape the cloud he is under, he goes to Derbyshire where he hopes to overcome resistance to his scheme to build a canal, which should make him and his friend a lot of money. Unfortunately he soon meets...
Published on 29 May 2004 by Jane Garrett

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3.0 out of 5 stars average
was quite disappointed by this one. was no real excitement about it, the 2 main characters were interesting enough but i was really invested in their story and the back story could have been used to more advantage. not bad but could have been better but looking forward to reading more of authors stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL ROMP, 29 May 2004
This review is from: Miss Wonderful (Berkley Sensation) (Mass Market Paperback)
Ailistair Carsington is in the dog house. His father, the Earl of Hargate, is infuriated by the latest scandal he has caused and demands that he marry and settle down. To escape the cloud he is under, he goes to Derbyshire where he hopes to overcome resistance to his scheme to build a canal, which should make him and his friend a lot of money. Unfortunately he soon meets Miss Mirabel Oldridge, a managing female who unfortunately has his hormones sitting up and begging in no time at all. Mirabel is totally opposed to his scheme however, and skillfully whips up local opposition. Being an upfront woman she also lectures him for being unreasonably goodlooking and charming, and of high rank. She tells him to go back to London and let a less charismatic man take over the campaign. She makes no secret of her attraction, but refuses to give into it, despite Alistair's best efforts to make love to her. The scene is then set for a battle of wits and wills, interspersed with a few passionate encounters, until Alistair eventually comes up with an alternative scheme and wins Mirabels heart. I love Loretta Chase, and enjoyed her trademark humour. I liked Mirabel a lot-she is a strong woman who runs her fathers vast estate, no fool,and has enough gumption to hold fast to her principles even as she falls in love with Alistair. Try it- you won't be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging tale but a little disappointing too, 26 Mar. 2007
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Helen Hancox "Auntie Helen" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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I loved Loretta Chase's novel "Lord Of Scoundrels"; some of her other books have been a little disappointing but I was interested to try this first in her new series of Carsington Quartet books, following the Carsington family. Miss Wonderful is the first and it introduces us to Alistair Carsington, third son of the Earl of Hargate, whose life is basically a bit of a waste. Mr Carsington has a character flaw - he falls in love too deeply and when he does so he ends up costing his father a great deal of money to rescue him. Carsington has had eight serious loves, each one a disaster, so when his father puts pressure on him to straighten up he resolves to do his best and goes into business with a friend to build a canal in Derbyshire. He travels up to Derbyshire to discuss the scheme with the locals and to ameliorate any local opposition.

Unfortunately the head of the local opposition - in fact, almost the ONLY local opposition, is from Miss Mirabel Oldridge. She has run the household for over a decade as her father is an absent-minded botanist. Mirabel is 31, a confirmed spinster, and a managing woman. When she meets Carsington she finds him charming but she knows a little of his rake reputation; however they are thrown together and she begins to see there is more to him that met the eye. He's a noted Waterloo war hero and yet he seems embarrassed and ashamed by it. And why does he start having nightmares?

The love story in this is an unusual one. There's no instant hate between the protagonists or the usual other plot device, the Big Misunderstanding. Mirabel and Alistair are kept apart by circumstances - the disagreement over the canal - although they seem able to communicate pretty well despite this. There are witticisms between them but somehow the dialogue didn't have the same level of sparkle as was found in "Lord Of Scoundrels". Although I enjoyed this book there was, for me, a rather significant plot difficulty; Carsington is known for falling in love - has done so with eight previous women - and I was never entirely sure why his relationship with Mirabel would be more successful. Granted, this time she's actually eligible, but if he can fall in (and therefore out) of love so easily, can it last? Also Mirabel's father, Mr Oldridge, was rather a pantomime figure with his complete and utter obsession with botany. I'm not convinced that people are really like that. Still, it was an enjoyable read but with a rather thin plot to carry it along.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Wonderful ... he certainly is, 21 Mar. 2013
Review taken from my Blog post (#34) in November 2010, after borrowing the book from the local library:

Alistair Carsington, wounded war hero from Waterloo, fastidious fashion follower and third son of an Earl loved woman far too well, and it had lead to so many scandals. Each of which he had had to be bailed out of by his Father.

An ultimatum was now placed before him that he had to make his own way in the world or marry an heiress. He also had a debt to repay his lifelong friend for saving his leg, and his life, at Waterloo.

To undertake both trying to make a living and repaying his old friend he hies off to Northumberland to resolve the issue over a proposed canal.

There he meets Mirabel Oldridge, as unconcerned about her looks and clothes as anyone could be. Having run her Father's estate for 10 years, Alistair was the stuff of nightmares.

An extraordinarily enhancing story, with multi-faceted characters, with many levels of wit and humour from yet another new author to me. It covered the tricky subject of post traumatic stress from both war and bereavement in in the most imaginative way .... that having been said, don't expect a dry tome ........ this story is so much more, and you will fall in love with all of the characters, and establish a real desire to visit Matlock Bath.

A 4.5 star ***** read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really, really charming, 15 Nov. 2010
Having only recently fallen in love with regency romance via my mum's old copies of Georgette Heyer, I wasn't sure whether I would find a more contemporary take on the subject quite as enjoyable - if there was going to be a lot more bodice ripping and a lot less of the detail, witty dialogue and observation.

However, the main characters are extremely engaging and sympathetic, the novel sits nicely in its historical context and if it is a lot more sensual than Georgette Heyer then it is tastefully done and not really something to complain about. It combines a read that is both good fun and very thoughtful.

In short, I loved it and my main problem with it was that it only took me the course of an evening to get through. Something to keep in your handbag and read on the train.
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3.0 out of 5 stars average, 20 Oct. 2010
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Lindymck (Falkirk, Scotland) - See all my reviews
was quite disappointed by this one. was no real excitement about it, the 2 main characters were interesting enough but i was really invested in their story and the back story could have been used to more advantage. not bad but could have been better but looking forward to reading more of authors stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful, 30 Nov. 2013
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I love this book, especially that our two leads are evenly matched in age, status and intelligence. They have a sparkling repartee. Alistair initially comes across as a bit of a Dandy, but you soon learn that there is so much more to him. And Mirabel has had to put her own desires aside to hold her family estate together.

There's a lot of humour and moments that really made me smile. Especially as even though they had indulged in some intimacy, they still addressed each other as Miss O and Mr C. The ancillary characters were also used very well and given full personalities.

The villain of the piece was the tiniest bit pantomimey, but that's a minor point and doesn't really detract
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Wonderful, 20 Aug. 2012
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I pass this to my wife to review:

A good storyline and lots of characters to get to grips with. The tale is interesting and most importantly to me, believable and in the time period that I enjoy reading about. The characters are well set and I could imagine the events unfolding as they did. Lightweight and interesting, exactly as I like my stories like this to be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging tale but a little disappointing too, 26 Mar. 2007
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Helen Hancox "Auntie Helen" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Miss Wonderful (Berkley Sensation) (Mass Market Paperback)
I loved Loretta Chase's novel "Lord Of Scoundrels"; some of her other books have been a little disappointing but I was interested to try this first in her new series of Carsington Quartet books, following the Carsington family. Miss Wonderful is the first and it introduces us to Alistair Carsington, third son of the Earl of Hargate, whose life is basically a bit of a waste. Mr Carsington has a character flaw - he falls in love too deeply and when he does so he ends up costing his father a great deal of money to rescue him. Carsington has had eight serious loves, each one a disaster, so when his father puts pressure on him to straighten up he resolves to do his best and goes into business with a friend to build a canal in Derbyshire. He travels up to Derbyshire to discuss the scheme with the locals and to ameliorate any local opposition.

Unfortunately the head of the local opposition - in fact, almost the ONLY local opposition, is from Miss Mirabel Oldridge. She has run the household for over a decade as her father is an absent-minded botanist. Mirabel is 31, a confirmed spinster, and a managing woman. When she meets Carsington she finds him charming but she knows a little of his rake reputation; however they are thrown together and she begins to see there is more to him that met the eye. He's a noted Waterloo war hero and yet he seems embarrassed and ashamed by it. And why does he start having nightmares?

The love story in this is an unusual one. There's no instant hate between the protagonists or the usual other plot device, the Big Misunderstanding. Mirabel and Alistair are kept apart by circumstances - the disagreement over the canal - although they seem able to communicate pretty well despite this. There are witticisms between them but somehow the dialogue didn't have the same level of sparkle as was found in "Lord Of Scoundrels". Although I enjoyed this book there was, for me, a rather significant plot difficulty; Carsington is known for falling in love - has done so with eight previous women - and I was never entirely sure why his relationship with Mirabel would be more successful. Granted, this time she's actually eligible, but if he can fall in (and therefore out) of love so easily, can it last? Also Mirabel's father, Mr Oldridge, was rather a pantomime figure with his complete and utter obsession with botany. I'm not convinced that people are really like that. Still, it was an enjoyable read but with a rather thin plot to carry it along.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging tale but a little disappointing too, 25 Mar. 2007
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Helen Hancox "Auntie Helen" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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I loved Loretta Chase's novel "Lord Of Scoundrels"; some of her other books have been a little disappointing but I was interested to try this first in her new series of Carsington Quartet books, following the Carsington family. Miss Wonderful is the first and it introduces us to Alistair Carsington, third son of the Earl of Hargate, whose life is basically a bit of a waste. Mr Carsington has a character flaw - he falls in love too deeply and when he does so he ends up costing his father a great deal of money to rescue him. Carsington has had eight serious loves, each one a disaster, so when his father puts pressure on him to straighten up he resolves to do his best and goes into business with a friend to build a canal in Derbyshire. He travels up to Derbyshire to discuss the scheme with the locals and to ameliorate any local opposition.

Unfortunately the head of the local opposition - in fact, almost the ONLY local opposition, is from Miss Mirabel Oldridge. She has run the household for over a decade as her father is an absent-minded botanist. Mirabel is 31, a confirmed spinster, and a managing woman. When she meets Carsington she finds him charming but she knows a little of his rake reputation; however they are thrown together and she begins to see there is more to him that met the eye. He's a noted Waterloo war hero and yet he seems embarrassed and ashamed by it. And why does he start having nightmares?

The love story in this is an unusual one. There's no instant hate between the protagonists or the usual other plot device, the Big Misunderstanding. Mirabel and Alistair are kept apart by circumstances - the disagreement over the canal - although they seem able to communicate pretty well despite this. There are witticisms between them but somehow the dialogue didn't have the same level of sparkle as was found in "Lord Of Scoundrels". Although I enjoyed this book there was, for me, a rather significant plot difficulty; Carsington is known for falling in love - has done so with eight previous women - and I was never entirely sure why his relationship with Mirabel would be more successful. Granted, this time she's actually eligible, but if he can fall in (and therefore out) of love so easily, can it last? Also Mirabel's father, Mr Oldridge, was rather a pantomime figure with his complete and utter obsession with botany. I'm not convinced that people are really like that. Still, it was an enjoyable read but with a rather thin plot to carry it along.
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