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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Conversation and Fascinating Romance Build-up
Prologue - 1804:
The lone survivors of a shipwreck - three orphaned sisters, Eleanor, Arabella and Ravenna have only one clue to their origins - a valuable gold ring with a large red ruby. They are being raised by a vicar who took them from a foundling home following the death of his wife and twin daughters. Desperate to find out something about their origins, the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars a bit disappointing
not a book that I shall read again. ok for a summer read hence the three stars . a bit dragged out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Conversation and Fascinating Romance Build-up, 23 July 2014
This review is from: I Married the Duke: The Prince Catchers (Kindle Edition)
Prologue - 1804:
The lone survivors of a shipwreck - three orphaned sisters, Eleanor, Arabella and Ravenna have only one clue to their origins - a valuable gold ring with a large red ruby. They are being raised by a vicar who took them from a foundling home following the death of his wife and twin daughters. Desperate to find out something about their origins, the young girls visit a fortune teller at a local country fair where they show her their ring and are told that the ring belongs to a prince not of their blood and that one of them will wed the prince and then the secret of their past will be revealed.

Fast Forward 13 years to 1817:
Arabella, the middle daughter is now an accomplished finishing governess and needs to get to Saint-Nazaire, France where she has been promised a job grooming Prince Sensaire's sister for her coming out in London. She is determined to hasten to what she believes could be her destiny and eventually marry this prince who she has not even met. The ship she was set to sail on has already sailed and she now requires passage on another ship to get her to her destination. She has been referred to Captain Andrew of the merchant brigantine, Retribution. Unbeknownst to Arabella, Captain Andrew is also Lucien Westfall (Luc), former commander of the HMS Victory, Comte De Rallis and heir to the Duchy of Lycombe in England.

Arabella finally convinces Captain Andrew/Luc to grant her passage on the Retribution even though it is not a passenger ship but only after she mentions where she desires to travel. Already fascinated by the lovely Arabella, Luc's curiosity is further piqued by the fact that she is traveling to his home to become governess to his cousin's sister. Unknown to Arabella, the chateau where she needs to travel - Saint-Revee-des-Beaux - belongs to Luc where he is known as the Comte De Rallis.

From the time Arabella meets Luc, the dialogue between the two of them contains some of the best-written lines I have ever read in a regency romance novel. Even more fascinating are their unspoken thoughts toward one another, especially Luc's thoughts toward Arabella. The romance between the two of them is consistent as their love grows stronger and stronger even though they have obstacles in their way. They both have great sadness and darkness in their respective pasts. These experiences are very slowly revealed throughout the book so that the reader is never quite sure what has taken place but there are some clues. There is also the added mystery of Luc's younger brother, Christos, who is obviously struggling greatly with some of his own issues. Other interesting characters round out the storyline.

I rarely give a simple regency romance 5 stars. My primary reasons for giving this book 5 stars are because: The conversations between the characters are superb. There are no other romantic liaisons going on - mistresses on the side, etc. and no major misunderstandings. Mostly, a very sweet love story with two individuals coming to terms with issues of trust caused by wounds from people who were responsible for them during their growing up years. Lovely, lovely romance between two kind, generous souls. I am looking forward to Eleanor's and Ravenna's stories. I also look forward to hopefully reading more about Christos in future books. I did NOT receive a free book for giving my honest review - not that there's anything wrong with that - just sayin'.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Implausible tosh, 29 Oct. 2013
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Completely ludicrous 'plot line' - if you can call it that. I only finished it because I was on a train with nothing else to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The prince catchers, 6 Oct. 2013
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Enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone who wanted a good story and a writing style that paints pictures with words
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3.0 out of 5 stars a bit disappointing, 27 Sept. 2013
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not a book that I shall read again. ok for a summer read hence the three stars . a bit dragged out.
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