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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but really basic research errors made., 16 May 2007
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I enjoyed this book up until the explanations are made of what actually happened eleven years ago. Those explanations are so far-fetched as to be ludicrous and somewhat spoilt the book for me.

I'm also amazed that an author of the standing of Johanna Lindsey should have made such basic errors when it came to English hereditory rights and entail. I'm no expert, but even I picked it up straight away and then looked it up on the Internet just to make sure.

1.Under English law a heritory title usually passes through the male line and normally would neither be inherited by a daughter or her son (there was apparently one rare exception to this made by Parliament to the Duke of Malborough). So, there was no way that Margaret's son would inherit her father's title. 2. Entail - the original entailed estate given with the title would pass to the nearest male relative of the male line as with the title e.g. a distant cousin or even an uncle.So "White Oaks...the entailed manor of the Earls of Millwright" would not pass into the "possession" of Margaret, a daughter.
Other property could also be entailed by the owner and by Regency times these entails had to be renewed by each succeeding owner. However, these entails would also pass down the male line.

I would have thought that a young Regency aristocratic lady would not keep using the word "bloody" as freely as Margaret does. Also, nit-picking here, I do wish American authors would realise that we British do not use the word "fall" for Autumn, its an Americanism that ought to be picked up by the publisher's proof reader. Margaret was supposed to be English in origin, not American.

All the criticism above sounds as if I didn't like the book and in fact I did. However, it would have been vastly improved by better research and a better final reason for what happened eleven years ago. Bearing in mind that the man in question was supposed to be a best, childhood friend,plus the involvement of his brother, this part just does not sit right.
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