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- File Size: 606 KB
- Print Length: 270 pages
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- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press; First English Tea Rose Edition edition (20 July 2010)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B003WQAX56
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This story was unpredictable and kept me engrossed till the end. The circumstances that kept Lily and Andrew apart, her pretence of being a maid and his need to marry someone in his class entered into the story from the beginning. His promise to his dying father to marry well set his goal firmly in place. Her goal to move to Paris and be in charge of her own life wouldn't have been sufficient conflict if it wasn't for the author's ability to get the reader so invested in her cheeky, modern-thinking heroine that we had to find out whether or not she stuck to her guns. Would Andrew find out her secret - that she came from a wealthy family and therefore she was exactly the type of wife he needed? Not if his household had anything to do about it.
It was a lovely story with enough emotion that I would recommend anyone looking for a true romance to add this book to their collection. Well done!
A lady hiding in plain sight gets the adventure of her lifetime by falling in love with the very kind of man she tried to run from.
Get ready for a cast of characters that bring to life a delightful tale of romance sure to bring smiles and sighs to a reader. First I met Elizabeth a/k/a/ Lily. She's a well respected young lady who has just finished her last season. I got the sense that she enjoys life and wants to experience everything she can but her parents are of a mind that enough is enough. As with all good and caring Regency era parents, they want her taken care of and settled. Back in the day that meant marriage to a person of their choosing. That's when the plot and the conflict start to unfold for a reader. I got the sense that her parents really do love her and even when they try to stand firm, she has them wrapped around her little pinkie. For the next thing I knew, Lily a/k/a Elizabeth is embarking on an incredible journey of full discovery and surprises. When Elizabeth communes with her inner Lily, her personality shines. She's spunky, saucy, tart and definitely not the type of person to be subservient. She tries though. But no matter how docile she attempts to be, she is what she is and that is what makes her character so adorable.
Andrew is the hero. He's a nice balance of duty and guilt, and yearnings he thinks will go unsatisfied. He's loyal and has a heart as wide open as the sea. He doesn't treat his servants as peons but as real people who happen to be in his employ. His butler, Nicholas, is a prime example. Somehow I don't see just any type of guy being willing to have a man work for him who has Nicholas' personality and quirks and yet he does. It's part of Andrew's charm. He's loyal to those he calls friends but the one major aspect I respected is that he didn't have blinders on. He's well aware of the debauched behaviors that thread through the Ton and that knowledge is key.
I enjoyed the growing relationship between Andrew and Lily. It seemed Lily seduced him not with come hither looks and sultry caresses but with her attitude, her spark and her innocence. Her bearing and her way of speech intrigue him because he senses she's more than she's telling. And I admired his forgiving nature. He's a special man and a very likeable character. I thought Andrew and Lily were a perfect match. In regards to their getting together in the biblical sense, the buildup was sensual and the delivery delicious.
The secondary characters were the servants, which were a delight. Each played a role in helping a reader know the hero and heroine and provided pushes and tweaks to the plot. There's another character that is not so nice. I am impressed with Ms. Brimble's use of profane speech at one point. It was perfect. What I mean by that is, it was used with a deft hand to illustrate the villain's diabolical and twisted mind. After the proper and quite dignified manner of most interactions in the story, its appearance made an impact on this reader and truly set the stage for some nasty goings on.
I really wanted to have a rating higher for this story because I enjoyed myself immensely while reading.
There are some editing issues that pop up sporadically so it's not perfect. Then there was the whole notion of a young woman actually getting away with making that deal with her parents. Not only did she get it but they helped set it up. For that time period, I'm of the opinion that that would never happen for real. It just seemed too farfetched. Once I got past that notion and concentrated on the story and the budding fascination Andrew and Lilly have for the other, it ceased being a major head-scratch. I was having too much fun.
The Arrival of Lily Curtis is a fun and entertaining read filled with characters that come alive. Their dialogue was clever and spirited, or in the case of the villain, very diabolical and twisted. It's a true romance between two people who think they have to settle for less and end up getting more love and happiness they ever dreamed of. It's a happy story with an adorably romantic and cute wrap up after a very intense and dramatic climax. This book is well worth taking the time to read and I'm glad I did.
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
The Arrival of Lily Curtis is a reasonably enjoyable historical romance despite it being not overly memorable.
The plot was interesting, though not complex, and mostly well executed; it was quite a pleasant surprise that the novel still managed to hold its readers' attentions despite the fact that it lacked any form of plot twists or surprise revelations. However, it was perhaps a tad unbelievable that Lily would manage to complete all tasks of a servant to such perfection as they were completed, with the exception of the first night's incident, considering her entire life had previously been spent as a well born lady. It would have been more plausible if she had difficulties or at least occasionally complained internally about completing some of the more menial chores she was set. The other issue with the plot was that there was no real resolution to some issues that had previously been deemed important and were then neglected to reach the intended conclusion. A prime example of this occurring would be the situation with Lady Tasmin as Lily fretted constantly over the impossibility of a desirable solution and then proceeded to forget about Lady Tasmin in the final chapter.
The main characters were likable and enjoyable to read about; in fact the best component of this novel would doubtlessly be the witty interplays between Andrew and Lily. There was also a nice cast of secondary characters that could have contributed a lot more to the story had they been fleshed out further; instead they seemed a bit one-dimensional at times.
A major flaw of the novel was that there were, unfortunately, too many discussions where the same points and virtually the same words were repeated; this made what was otherwise a well paced novel feel dragged out for the last one-thirds of the chapters.
Overall, despite its flaws The Arrival of Lily Curtis was a nice foray into historical England that lacked the generic feeling that numerous novels set in the era have.
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