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2.0 out of 5 stars Truly disappointing, 19 Nov. 2009
This review is from: An Affair Before Christmas (Paperback)
Eloisa James claims a degree from Oxford University, but has she ever read any Regency literature or novels written in the England of the time. The list of historical inaccuracies is endless, and her writing is unbelievably poor in terms of the language used by the characters and her descriptions of the manners and mores of the time. Surely if you are writing a story set in a particular period you should try to give a sense of time and place!
Can you imagine a sentence where one character says " Oh Duke, do you have ...." it reads more like a John Wayne script! I find it hard to believe that an editor was paid to approve this book. No more of this rubbish please
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Initial post: 18 Aug 2012 22:40:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Aug 2012 22:43:00 BDT
I had to comment on this review. I've made a study of the period this book is set in (which is Georgian by the way, not Regency) and to my eyes the accuracy is pretty good. It was a racy period for the upper classes as has been well documented - look at some of the contemporary cartoons depicting the royal princes at play! And yes, social equals would have used "Duke" as a mode of address. This is still the case, check Debretts if you don't believe me!
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