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By A Customer
This review is from: That Scandalous Evening: The Governess Brides (Governess Brides Series) (Mass Market Paperback)
I am a long-standing Regency fan - I first read Georgette Heyer as a teen, and have been hooked ever since. This book was a dog. It is riddled with geographic impossibilities, trite plotting and banal sex. I am a fan of other Regency writers - Mary Jo Putney and Loretta Chase strike me as well-read, honest writers who put a lot of research as well as fun into their books. But this was the first Christina Dodd book I have read and definitely the last. The whole premise of the book was daft and implausible and ignorant. As someone living in southern England, who knows the southeast well, it was grating to read about a country estate overlooking the Thames estuary with a fleet of ships sailing for France which was only 3 hours drive from Mayfair in London. Anyone who knows tuppence about the Napoleonic wars knows that the British naval fleet was mainly docked at Portsmouth, nowhere near the Thames and considerably more than 3 hours from London. The hero was a boor and no sensible reason was provided either for his falling in love with the heroine or for the heroine really falling for him. The sex was perfunctory and consequently unsexy. If the heroine had such faithful friends, why the hell didn't they come and look after her straight after her fall from grace instead of leaving it 11 years. I am not keen on trashing books but this one was so dire, I felt it needed a health warning.