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First in a trilogy about the Duncan Sisters - Constance, Prudence and Chastity - they are not the Victorian misses their names would lead one to believe. They are strong women's righters and publish - anonymously of course - a suffragette rag called "The Mayfair Lady".
In no hurry to marry, sister number 1 - Constance runs headlong into Max Ensor, a member of parliament, and sparks and fur fly! For Max's view on a woman's place in society vastly differ from the fiery Constance - in fact that are diametrically opposed! But politics be damn, when sexual attraction pull two such together, and we know they will fall in love.
Feather keeps the pace moving with witty repartee between Max and Constance, and it's fun to watch their love round off the harsh edges of both of their beliefs, especially as they struggle to learn the day-to-day way to make a marriage a marriage and not a battle ground.
Max and Constance leap off the pages. They are intelligent, adults and as they try to score points on the others, it will keep readers delighted. This one is a KEEPER and leaves us desperate for the next two tales in the series.
Very highly recommended!
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Unfortunately for me, "Bachelor List" failed to live up to it's promise. The book was actually structured around a rather novel and interesting premises: a trio of intelligent and resourceful sisters who are passionately devoted to furthering the cause of women's suffrage and how they try to achieve their goals using cloak and dagger methods because of all the hostility that much of Society has for the suffrage movement. But the authour failed to develop this theme adequately enough for me. (Perhaps I expect too much?) Max behaved in a condescending manner towards Constance from start to finish, which really put me off him; and while Constance did flash her eyes at him everytime he said something stupid, she also let him get away with far too much in my book. Max didn't believe in women's suffrage at the beginning of the book, and doesn't really change his mind or stand about this issue by the time the book ends. And while this was a daring approach for a romance novel, what I had banked on was for him to realise how wrong he was and change. As it stood, I was left wondering as to whether or not Max and Constance would be able to work through their political differences. And truth to tell it wouldn't at all be difficult to forsee a not so happily ever-after ending in the future if one character doesn't have a change of heart soon.
But my main disappointment with the book was that I really wanted to read a ROMANTIC novel -- not one about fervent sexual and sensual need -- but one about the meeting of minds and souls. I didn't really think that this was achieved in this novel at all. But that's just my take on things.
On the positive side, the relationship among the sisters is similar to that of the sisters in "Valentine," and is quite pleasant. That's the only thing that makes me look forward to the next two books, as the other two sisters seem much more likeable than Constance. Also, anyone who's been complaining that Feather's last few books were too violent, too deep, may enjoy this book. There's no backstory of dangerous intrigue or life-threatening situations going on here (although, the possibility for one in future books is offered through one of the loose threads that isn't tied up at the end).
Overall, I love Feather's intelligent writing, but these characters put me off.
From the start, the heroine and her sisters are at what I thought was a tea room - drinking tea and eating pastries. Then one of the women is asked to DANCE. That seemed odd.
The heroine dates - as in going on dates to restaurants and parties with a man.
Maybe that was done during this time period, but I don't think it was done by members of the England upper class.
The story is written in what I've come to think of as a Regency style - but it takes place in the late 19th century.
I did like the characters, but did feel that they jumped into bed too quickly and too casually.
That sounds like I didn't like the book - but I did! The writer has a very smooth style of writing. I did enjoy the feminist viewpoint - it was refreshing.