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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, poignant read., 31 Aug 2006
This review is from: A Season to be Sinful (Mass Market Paperback)
I won't go into the plot because that is detailed above. Let me just say that I don't feel five stars is enough for this book. It is one of the few that I have actually kept and I take it down and read it every so often. I thought it was going to be a bog standard type of historical romance but it isn't. The heroine's deep and dark secrets are really deep and dark. Both characters are strong but not in the normal 'in your face' way that you tend to see and Goodman has produced a hero who has incredible strength of character and understanding and a capacity for deep, lasting love.

There is no wingeing and self pity for what the heroine has been through but rather a quiet acceptance and certain amount of dignity. If you want a book that will have you wiping tears away then this it; an emotional rollercoaster with just enough lightheartedness not to feel exhausted at the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional romance by an exceptional author, 20 Oct 2010
This is a poignant love story that is so well written that it is a genre of its own created exceptionally well by Jo Goodman. She is a genius & she explores & writes about feelings as no-one else can.

Most of JG books are very dark & macabre where the heroine has been abused in her younger years & for that reason is tainted. The hero of the novel learns of this & gently but surely coaxes her out of her insecurities & rescues her. This is so well written that you want the story to never ever end. As you read the situations & turn pages you wish the story to go on for ever so that you can experience the warm feelings that come about as the feelings grow between the central characters.

Lord Sherry is saved from being stabbed by Lily who is in disguise & he does not realise that she has bourne the brunt of the attack on his person till the "scoundrels" turn up on his doorstep & reveal all. He goes to the place where she lies really ill & brings her back home along with the entourage of three young boys. Lily slowly recovers her health nursed back by Sherry.

He learns to like & read this fascinating person & gets to know all about her insecurities & nurtures her back to confidence & self belief. There are some wonderful emotional momemts in the storyline. One such moment is when he realises that she is on the verge of leaving him but you get to see how he is afraid for her but he dare not reveal his feelings as he knows that this will push her over the edge. He handles this so well & you go on this journey with him. Fantastic story telling. Read it & see what I mean.

Its reavealed that the villian in this tale has been known to him all along & the outcome of the story is not predictable. I will not give any of the storyline away & so I recommend that you run & buy this book. What is really really refreshing about this book are the scoundrels - you will fall in love with them immediately. They are Dash, Pinch & Smidge - delectable & soooo cute. Their presence throughout add that magical humane touch & add that extraordinary layer to this story. The godmother character again lends yet another fascinating extra on the border line. This is why JG novels succeed - I feel- is because everything is well rounded.

The interplay between the two of them is well-written from the time he first lay eyes on her, to the recognition of his growing feelings to the very personal moments between them, to the lighter humerous times- his perpective is focused on more. This is what makes this work so well.

You will want to re-live all the precious moments in this book & keep pulling it out & reading excerpts from it so you can re-encounter those warm whoooshy feelings again. Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!
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