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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific story from well-loved writer, 1 Feb. 2010
Susan Smith (A small rural village in the English Midlands) - See all my reviews
Sometimes, the sheer relief of finding an "oldie but goodie" is wonderful. Here is an old Barbara Metzger trad regency from 1991 that I picked up in a UBS recently. How delightful to read one of her clever, funny, carefully plotted stories with a truly likeable H/H. Young Rowanne Wimberley meets Lt Carey Delverson at a ball just as he is off to join his regiment in the Peninsula. Although there is great attraction, nothing serious comes out of it. However, the two meet from time to time over the next couple of years and it becomes obvious that they are meant for each other. Eventually, tragedy touches Carey's life when his cousins (and very best friends) die and he inherits his cousin's dukedom. Then, invalided out of the army, now a Major, he returns to England, Rowanne and a run down and neglected estate to put right. Despite a false starts, a near engagement and marriage with the wrong girl, interfering relatives and servants (not to mention a crazy dog), the two are able to pick up the threads of their relationship, realise that they truly are serious about each other and they eventually settle down to the requisite connubial bliss. This author always gives us a tale of love spiced with comedy but this time the story seems much more satisfying because of the long time span; thus we have a couple of well developed characters that you really are cheering for. Highly recommended - a gem and a delight!
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5.0 out of 5 stars charming and enough grit, 21 Sept. 2013
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I am a regency addict at one point have a 'collection' built up over 30 years of literally thousands, and can reel off the six to eight outstanding authors we all know, knowing their fictions practically by heart: better than any anit depressant. Barbara Metzger is slightly an acquired taste, as everything tips into almost unbelievable farce, but her characters are witty and almost believable, and in this the story of brothers, cousins and a heroine the relationships are believable, the growth in the characters is believable, and while the situations are slightly beyond any credibility (unlike say the best of the incomparable Georgette Heyer) there is real grit; here with a hero seasoned by the remembered horrors of the napoleonic wars, yet still on his feet....and a lot of witty and comic repartee, a lot of describing the truly circumscribed lives of the very rich, particularly the females. Of course it isn't any kind of realism,but at its best delightful escapism and characters you enjoy and like. digital has meant the best of the traditional regencies are now available, and the best of Barbara Metzger is among them. And it is truly amusing as well as surprisingly touching.
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