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To Catch an Heiress Mass Market Paperback – 25 Oct 2002

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Re-issue edition (25 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380789353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380789351
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,811,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Quinn has a smart, funny touch ... that's reminiscent of Helen Fielding' Time Magazine 'reminiscent of Bridget Jones' Time Magazine 'smart, funny' Time Magazine 'Delightful' Nora Roberts --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jane Austen meets Bridget Jones in Julia Quinn's delightful Regency-set romantic comedies --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Caroline Trent is kidnapped by Blake Ravenscroft, who mistakes her for "Carlotta" a dangerous enemy of the crown. On the spur of the moment Caroline decides to play along as she needs to hide away from her relatives until she reached her majority and inherited her fortune.
Blake Revenscroft's mission was to bring this little temptress to justice not bed the wench!
Hilarious, I have never laughed so much. You will love what antics Caroline gets up to and Blake's reaction to her.
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Having read numerous romance novels over the years, I have found myself becoming rather sated with them all recently so I started reading this book with not much expectation but I was pleasantly surprised. It was very very funny...I found myself laughing out loud at the dialogue between not only the main protagonists but also when the Marquis and Blake's sister were involved. The romance between Blake and Caroline was very entertaining and Blake's surrender to love was sufficently protracted. The book was well written and kept me reading to the end without jumping pages as I have found myself doing recently with other books...so why did I only give it 4 crowns? Only one reason...maybe this is a bit trivial but I kept being distracted by the time it took for the characters to get from near Portsmouth to near Bournemouth and vice versa. I lived near those areas for over 4 years and it takes (even as the crow flies) well over an hour to get from one to the other by car. On horse-back in the 19th century it would take even longer. So Ms Quinn, if you read this, I'm sorry for nit-picking because I really really enjoyed the book but please check out distances when writing about Britain!
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Caroline Trent finds herself in rather unfortunate circumstances ahead of her twenty-first birthday, with her guardian desperate to marry her off to his son and as such secure her fortune. Her only option is to run away, unless she wishes to spend the rest of her life married to the abominable Percy that is. However, the last thing she expects when fleeing is to be captured by a rather dashing war office hero, who for some reason mistakes her identity as that of a treacherous spy. Still, as she finds herself being held at Seacrest Manor by Mr Blake Ravenscroft, Caroline wonders if this might not actually be the ideal solution to while away her time until her birthday in a few weeks; after all at least she's safe from the odious Prewitts. Blake, meanwhile, doesn't take long to realise his error; and its just as well really, for he couldn't live with himself harbouring such lecherous thoughts for a traitor. However, still grieving the loss of his former fiancée, nor is sure he can live with himself slowly and surely falling for Caroline.

Another romantic escapade from Quinn, with rather more action and adventure thrown in than most of her books. The story started off well, with Blake mistaking Caroline's identity and holding her hostage making for some amusing incidents. Unfortunately I thought the pace began to drag rather once he found out who she really was; and most of the rest of the book principally involves Blake stubbornly refusing to admit his feelings for Caroline to himself. Whilst one could understand his sense of guilt and conflict due to his dead fiancée, at the same time it did all start to seem rather repetitive and unnecessarily protracted; and I'm not how much I brought Blake as the tortured hero.
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I enjoyed this book. It has an appealing plot, and I liked Caroline Trent and Blake Ravenscroft (yes indeed!). Of course, Julia Quinn writes well, and with some gentle humour, so I always expected it to be a good read. It is both a romance and a spy story - so there is plenty to keep your interest.

I would recommend this book, and if you haven't read any books by Ms Quinn then I suggest you start here!
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By A Customer on 18 Jun. 1998
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Miss Quinn has come up with a whimsical romance about Caroline Trent, a runaway who is mistaken for a notorious spy by Blake, a government agent. Sparks fly between them, and the story takes place mainly in Blake's country manor. The jokes come fast, mainly due to Caroline's over-enthusiastic attempts to impress Blake and a surprise visit from Blake's sister.
Now, I enjoyed this book, but why didn't I give it 4 stars or more? Well, I have a few problems with this book:
(a) The absence of "movement" of plot - the story never moves outside the country house and I feel "trapped" after a while,
(b) Sometime the story loses steam as Caroline pours something or falls over Blake for what seems the millionth time, <c> A lack of chemistry between the two leads. By chemistry I mean heat and sexual tension. Here the sexual tension is at the minimum.
Despite the faults, I still enjoyed this book. But I wouldn't consider it anything more than the light-heartedromp it is.
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By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2007
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Caroline Trent is not having a good evening. Firstly her guardian's son, Percival, attacks her on his father's orders - for which she, quite rightly, shoots him in the shoulder. But no sooner has she escaped the house then she's accosted by a man who will insist on calling her Carlotta de Leon.

However, for Caroline this turn of events couldn't be more fortuitous. With just six weeks to go until she comes into her inheritance, she's more than happy to let this stranger keep her out of sight. After all, the last thing she wants is for her guardian to determine her whereabouts.

Yes, everything is going perfectly, until the Marquis of Riverdale arrives, takes one look at her and confirms that she is NOT Carlotta de Leon.

For Blake Ravenscroft, Caroline's captor, this news is both relieving and infuriating. Having worked for the War Office for nearly a decade the prospect of failing is galling in the extreme, but nowhere near as bad as being attracted to a traitor.

But Caroline is no traitor, just a young woman unconsciously tangled up by circumstance. Even so, Blake fights the attraction, because he's sworn never to marry...

The plot of this book is really quite ludicrous, and the fact that Blake is supposed to be one of the War Office's top agents never quite rings true. However, who cares, because this book is hilarious. The exchanges between Caroline and Blake veer from childishly entertaining to laugh-out-loud funny, with poor James (the Marquis) either caught in the crossfire, or doing his best to wind Blake up even further. And then there are the servants. Brilliant.
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