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One Good Turn (Signet Regency Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 4 Dec 2001

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (4 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451204824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451204820
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,325,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story is Carla Kelly at her most compassionate and thoughtful. Liria Valencia and Benedict Nesbit are both survivors of the Peninsula War and Waterloo. Liria from appalling abuse and suffering after the capture of Badajoz by British soldiers and Benedict from post traumatic stress following Waterloo, which had driven him to alcohol but from which he is now trying to remain free and sober. They meet in England following a carriage accident, with Benedict on the way to visit his country estate with his niece and butler in tow, and Liria and her son going to Huddersfield looking for work in the textile mills. Benedict offers Liria the post of housekeeper after she helps nurse his sick niece and butler, the story of their growing attraction is told and our and Benedict's understanding of the horrors experienced by Liria grows as Carla reveals the darker side of war. This is so well written that towards the end of the book I was in tears - some of the revelations were not easy reading at all. On a lighter note, there is a wonderful supporting cast of minor characters who all add to what is a very good book indeed. One Good Turn is a sequel to Libby's London Merchant and it's worth reading that first to understand more about Dominic's character and backstory.
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I am amazed at Carla Kelly's writing this is no ordinary story it handles with honesty and sensitivity horrible topics and events topics that are current - alcoholism, war, post traumatic stress, gang rape, paedophelia, yet all I remember is a story of love, hope and forgiveness.
It tells the tale of The Duke of Knaresborough who is trying to come to terms with his life and the fact that he has lost his love to another man. He has agreed to take his young neice to his country estate so that she will not contract chickenpox form her infant brother, however while on the road, his niece contracts chickenpox after all, and he's not sure if he can cope with a sick child. Luckily for him he meets Miss Liria Valencia and her young five year old son, her ability to deal with the crisis at hand and her calm manner impresses the duke and his servant. On arrival at his home he impulsively he offers her a job as his housekeeper, and is amazed at her ability to manage a large establishment. The more contact he has with Liria, the more he is intrigued by her, she seems to be a Spanish camp follower, but who has the bearing and demeanour to command a Duke's home. As the duke sets out to discover the secrets that Liria harbors in order to help her, he also has to confront his own demons.
The love that Liria has for her child is described so movingly and the horror of the events that came into her life are neither diminished nor over dramatised. Carla Kelly handles the difficult topics with real skill and empathy. War is awful and leave huge scars, but the human spirit has the ability to create joy also.
I will keep this book.
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Carla Kelly succeeds again in her delightful romance which touches on hard to deal with subjects. This particular one touches on alcoholism and underage rape and unrequited love. Instead of sweeping these subjects under the carptet Carla Kelly weaves them into the story with the lightest of touches.
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Probably her best! Great story, horrifying events, good pacing, believable characters, good settings, delightful secondary personages and well written. It is also fun to get glimpses of characters from Kelly's other stories, and feel that they too are doing well. Delightful as well as seriously thought-provoking!
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