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Almost a Lady Mass Market Paperback – 27 Jan 2006
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About the Author
Jane Feather is the "New York Times "bestselling, award-winning author of Almost a Bride, The Wedding Game, The Bride Hunt, The Bachelor List, Kissed by Shadows, To Kiss a Spy, The Widow's Kiss, The Least Likely Bride, The Accidental Bride, The Hostage Bride, A Valentine Wedding, The Emerald Swan, and many other historical romances. She was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in the New Forest, in the South of England. She began her writing career after she and her family moved to Washington, D.C., in 1981. She now has more than ten million copies of her book in print.
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Meg from 'Almost A Bride' and the same Meg from 'Almost A Lady' were polar opposites. I liked Meg in book one. Meg in book two was not likeable. She was certainly never anything close to a lady. How does one go from being a homely but spirited spinster from the country in one book to someone who is recklessly and indiscriminately promiscuous and flighty in the second book? I tried, but failed to like or respect the two main characters who each seemed to lack a moral compass.
I have never read a romance where the heroine was a tramp and the hero was someone without a conscience. I gave up on the characters about a third of the way through the book and focused on the mystery of the spy themed plot instead, which was the best thing going for the book. I did stay with the book until the end which is saying something.
The ending felt rushed and completely wrong after the character development and consistency of the characters throughout the book. This story could have been something special with a few character changes and a different ending. I wish I could have been Miss Feather's editor on this one. I would have talked her out of a few things: like the title of the book. It makes absolutely no sense.
This is not what I look for in a romance novel and I wouldn't recommend it for that reason. I have enjoyed reading some of Jane Feather's books in the past, but this one is an oddity and a disappointment.
The ending was so poorly written and so unbelievable that I tried
to think of alternate endings.
The hero gets killed. Of course, we don't do that in Romance!
The hero gets wounded and ends up in Jail. (Done that before)
The hero gets an important message from Ana and leaves Meg.
Napoleon decides to pursue the war and leaves sooner than planned.
Now any of the above would have been so much more believable...
but wait...this is NOT reality...this is romance.
And, this is the first of Feather's books that I've just hated.
This book however has many ingredients missing.
Meg ends up on a privateer's boat by mistake. She looks a lot like the actual 'spy' Cosimo, the ships captain expected. So he decides to take her along on his mysterious journey and she agrees because she wants to explore all the desire simmering between them.
Now, if the author had either created characters for whom we cared, so that we could follow their romance OR added a lot of action and chases, it would have been a fun ride. There is neither romance nor action.
Meg reactions are too pragmatic for romance and there is never any real confrontation with villains.
We can't sympathize with Meg who is along for a lark when the Cosimo and his ship is sailing out on important business during war. She wants to act on her desire and then draws back when the reality that Cosimo is *actually* a spy who can kill - dawns upon her. What did she think he did as a dangerous spy? Dance the waltz?
She keeps extending and retracting her favors till you just can't be bothered to keep track of it.
Cosimo while dangerous and interesting, isn't the kind of guy you want for a hero because he is lying all the time and bossing Meg about with a "look". You get tired of his over-confidence as well. There is never any vulnerability or softer side explored.
The most interesting character in the book was Gus, a pet bird and unfortunately, he disappeared after a few chapters.
I reached the end of the book by gritting my teeth to discover if Cosimo executes his mission.
By the time Cosimo reveals all ( why he has her on board and what his secret mission is) I lost all interest in the proceedings. The mission itself is over too quickly for all that the book starts with the mention of a secret mission.
Definitely NOT one of Jane Feather's better books.