Annabelle's Courtship Paperback – 30 Sep 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
An inconvenient proposal.
Ian MacKay, Laird of Graenfrae, has no use for love or marriage. However, his stepfather's will mandates that marriage is what he must have...to an Englishwoman.
A sensible man, Ian develops a list of requirements in a wife: Plain, moderately dowered, older and practical. He thinks he has found the perfect candidate in Lady Annabelle.
Labeled The Ordinary her first season, Annabelle longs for a man who will see her as beautiful and love her as her father loved her mother. When she meets Ian, she thinks she has at last found that man. Until his proposal, in which he has the audacity to list his "requirements."
She refuses his proposal. He informs her that she will marry him at the end of the season.
The battle of wills is on.
The book is really funny with some twist which inc blackmail, kidnapping. The H/H are well suited. He thinks she is practical and as she is 24, he thinks she is desperate to marry. He wants a plain, practical wife and slowly he realises that he is so wrong about her. She is not impressed with his proposal as he realises that she wants to be courted and so sets about doing so.
I don't expect perfect historical accuracy but this was marked, much beyond the typical inappropriate language. The heroine thought and acted like a modern day girl and sometimes I wanted to shake her; at one point I was shouting at the book as she acted in such an incredibly stupid manner (I have never done that before!). The story was silly and laboured.
Although I haven't read any other historical books by Lucy Monroe, I know that she has written many. I cannot believe that these books have been written by the same author as this. I can only conclude that she is now much more suited to modern day stories and people.
"Annabelle's Courtship" is the first book by Lucy Monroe and I really liked it. I thought that Annebelle was a great character. She was strong and willing to stand up for what she believe in. I also thought that while in the beginning Ian was kind of a jerk and the end he truly care about Annbelle and was willing to fight in the end for her. Overall "Annabelle's Courtship" is a good book and should not be missed by any fan of regency romance.
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And I agree with the reviewer that said that the Scottish spelling/pronunciation of Ian's words made him seem kind of dumb, despite the fact that I think Scottish accents are really hot. I've read a ton of Regencies that feature Scottish heroes, and there's a way to make it clear that there's an accent/dialect without reverting to spelling everything out like Monroe does in this book. For one thing, it's inconsistent. His family doesn't talk that way.
Laird Ian Mackay is in need of a wife. In order to inherit much needed funds for his estate, he must marry an Englishwoman. Ian has a few requirements, she must be plain, modestly dowered, older and practical. Ian sets off to London to find a wife.
Lady Annabelle is enthralled with the Scottish Laird from their first meeting. But after hearing his list of requirements her reaction to Ian dims. Still there is something about Ian that draws her everytime she sees him. Annabelle has her heart set on marrying for love, but Ian's ardent pursuit has her holding out for his heart.
Ian sets out to woo the woman he wants. He was burned before so he holds his heart in safe keeping. Annabelle is like no other he has ever know and she is chipping away at the wall around his heart. When Annabelle's life is in danger Ian will protect her at all costs.
Annabelle's Courtship is an absolute treat. Annabelle and Ian's courtship is filled with humor, romance and all out sensuality. They will make you laugh and sigh with pleasure. Lucy Monroe writes such delightful stories. Each one is a keeper for me.
Unfortunately, I can't say that I enjoyed the book and for only one reason.
The way Ms. Monroe wrote Ian's dialogue made him sound like an idiot. I know she was going for realism with all of his "dinna" and "no" instead of "not" etc, but really it just made him sound ignorant.
For a character that attended an English boarding school, he showed a remarkable lack of understanding for the rules of the "ton" and ability to speak the English language. Even the bad guy's helper spoke better English and he was suppose to be a low-life.
It really did interfere with the enjoyement of the story. Plus, the character's explosive temper really just grew tiring.
There really did just seem as if there was no rhyme or reason to this character which is a shame because the rest of the characters were believable.
I just think Ms. Monroe dropped the ball with this character and that was a shame because it is a good story if you can overlook the flaws in the main male character.