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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
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The Girl from Red Lion Square Kindle Edition
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In The girl from Red Lion Square, we are introduced to two debutante sisters. Ruth, the younger, is definitely the typical very pretty, swooning and shallow young lady out to get noticed, whereas her sister, Celia is down to earth, sensitive and sensible and as beautiful in her own right, except that she does not care about fashion. So, she does not know she is attractive and she is not sought after due to her lack of frills and blushing faints. At the beginning, she was irritating me with her critical airs but as you read along, you realise that she is like this because even though she is the oldest by two years, she has always lived in the shadow of her more fashionable younger sister.
Then, we meet the most ridiculous, superficial dandies in the characters of Mr Springfield and Lord Barnham (cousins). Imagine one of them wearing boots too tight and walking with pain just because they are delightful and fashionable. Oh, how I do understand Celia Hampton's contempt for them. Yet, Celia finds Lord Barnham an enigma. There is more to him than meet the eyes and he is harbouring secret activities that she vows to find out. Is he really the brainless dandy he is portraying? If not, why is he playing a part?
The book is not fast paced, until Celia has to rescue Lord Barnham from activists. But what you have in the book, is the beautiful portraying of an era where women were expecting to be seen but not heard. Celia is a strong character, totally out of place in the rich society, even though she belongs there.Read more ›
As another reviewer pointed out, many might like to know what happened next - a double wedding (as in pride and Predjudice) perhaps? Maybe there's a sequel on the way.
On noting this, I settled down to the possible delight of a 'true regency romance'.
Comparisons are to be expected from Heyer to Austen. However I would like to add two other names Burney, for the openness in her character depictions but also Bronte in her willingness to capture the social deprivation of the time, after all who places a romance novel wholly in East London, from Holborn to the Minories.
I am very thankful to Ms Church for setting her story in east London and noting how far it was to travel simply to promenade at the park. There is a delightful level of reality here.I am also very grateful that she doesn't take much more inspiration for Ms Burney, who although authentic to her period, I found excessively verbose.
Finally I am grateful for her cast of characters, Lord Barnham and Mr Springfield, the misses Celia and Ruth, Betty, Peter, the understated Eliza, the missess Blackthornes and their almost incomprehensible chatter and finally Mr and Mrs Hampton.
I enjoyed this very much.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed this book and for the price it was well worth the read. Value for money and worth reading. Might read again sometimePublished on 17 Jan. 2014 by AMcQ Denny
Arrived onto my I Pod electronically, now ready for reading as time permits. I look forward to exploring its content.Published on 31 May 2013 by Duncan Paul Matthews
Enjoyed this story very much - Lizzie Church writes so well - a gripping adventurous read - I could not put it down!Published on 12 May 2013 by W. R. Strohm
Very similar to a number of books I have read set in this era. The plot was a bit predictable.Published on 15 April 2013 by catherine rainford
i boght this book for my kindle i started reading it but could not get into it sorry so i will not read anymorePublished on 22 Feb. 2013 by lyn 1951
This story, I think, Would be good to take on holiday. It seems a bit improbable that a well brought up young woman would speak and act as she did before woman's lib.Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by F. E. Wharmby
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