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Very beautifully written - droll and dry. Needs to be read aloud for the full effect. The story is quite undramatic and not passionate, but the characters are well-written and delightful. Dialogue is witty (especially Cedric) and the author can write authentically of the Regency period without those jarring modernisms which so frequently creep in in the hands of less-skilled writers. I thoroughly enjoyed this book
I am a life long fan of Jane Austin, and while I like the modern romances set in her time period I never thought to read a faithfull recreation of her language and style such as this. I am astonished, it was flawless. And what is more, it is spell binding, I was glued to my kindle and couldn't put it down. The twists and turns of a best friend who is interferes with the best of intentions, was wonderfully done, a lightly done tale without endless padding that will make you bite your lips next time you think you know what is best for someone else.
If you are looking for a bodice ripper romance this is not for you. It is a gentle tale of regency manners and misunderstandings.
I enjoyed this book so much. It resonated of Jane Austen but reflected on other aspects of the culture at that time. A good story line kept me interested till the end. I particularly liked the inclusion of Methodist influence which gave a different atmosphere to the book without making it stuffy.
...since I exhausted all of Georgette Heyer, is a decently written regency romance. And this is one. Although I think the author is American, she seems to have completely avoided those little discrepancies that are a giveaway to a Brit. I fell in love with the Parry family and Ann is a fallible but engaging protagonist. My only disappointment is that although this is advertised as the first of the Merriweather Chronicles, no more seem to have appeared. I hope its appearance for the Kindle means another is on its way.