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Frustrating and disappointing,
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This review is from: Rules of Engagement (Warner Forever) (Mass Market Paperback)
I bought this book on the strength of the synopsis above, expecting a light and diverting read. From the first page I knew I was in for a disappointement.
The story is set during the Regency period but I found the dialogue and actions of the characters too crude to fit this period. The author has tried to write a historical romance using modern language and maners which felt crass and unbelievable.
At one point Eliza tries to create a fuller bosom by stuffing a handkerchief into her corset in the middle of a crowded drawing room, at another she makes a headlong flight through a crowded opera theatre perused by Magnus without anyone appearing to notice.
In addition to this I did not enjoy Kathryn Caskie's style of writing. Alliterations are used unsparingly and, for my taste, too much detail is given leaving no room for imagination e.g Eliza did not just sneeze on the Queen, she 'spewed saliva' in the Queen's face and an unwelcome suitor was a 'slimy garden slug' rather than just a slug.
Although I think the idea behind this book is brilliant, I cannot recomend it. The is no subtlety nor any feel for the period resulting in a crude and unlikely tale.
However, this book has won America's prestigious Golden Heart award so somebody somewhere likes it.