How to Treat A Lady Hardcover – 1 Jan 2003
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I enjoyed the way Harriet tried to convince Chase that he likes the barn and the sheep in it, the way their love blossomed under the sun in the open fields, and in the end love conquers all!! Obvious but really touching, Chase has a lot of healing to do and what better then a new love to help and a little magic from a certain ring that never fails to find its mark!
If it wasn't for that, the book would get a 5 star rating however those mistakes are really annoying and so she misses out on one star. Other than that, who can resist this endearing book? The plot is farce-like, Chase knows who he is but pretends to have amnesia whilst the Ward family believe they have convinced him that he is a Captain betrothed to Henrietta. All the while they have no idea the joke is on them and that Chase is merely playing along.
The book has witty dialogue, poignant scenes and is very character-driven, which to me is the most important aspect of a romance novel as it really is at the heart a fantasy/love story so the the characters have to be individual, well developed and layered. I think Ms Hawkins has achieved that with all the characters in this book -- you get to know them so well that you know exactly what they would say or jow they might react to a situation(although the character would say it in a wittier fashion than what I could come up with,lol). So the characters are dynamic and develop through the story -- Chase and Harriet complement each others' personalities and make the other a "better person". They are from completely different backgrounds and I like how Chase "grew up" through the "fish out of water" experience and yet still be the "Chase you know and love". And oh my Harriet's family is something else as well - what an inspiring group of characters. I enjoyed reading this book.Read more ›
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At first the deception kept the bank from demanding payment right away, but when the mysterious sea captain fails to appear, they begin to demand an introduction. Thus when Chase lands in the Ward household and pretends he has amnesia so as not to reveal his own identity and bring his famous brothers post haste to fetch him back home, the Wards decide to pass him off as the made-up Captain.
This was a very funny and warm-hearted tale. I loved both Chase and Harriet and cannot wait to find the other books that went before this one. I hope Ms. Hawkins writes fast!
Chase St John has decided to leave London before he can shame his family with his recent dissolute behaviour under the influence of his so-called friend Harry Annesley. One incident in particular haunts Chase and is a source of tremendous shame and guilt of which he cannot absolve himself (causing another's death is unforgivable, afterall). On the road to Dover and a ship waiting to take him to Italy, he is set upon by footpads and left for dead. He is discovered by Miss Harriet Ward and her sisters and awakes in their home with a wound to his head. Not wanting his identity known, Chase pretends amnesia, which Harriet doubts. He seems awfully content for a man who remembers nothing!
Harriet and family have one last payment to make on the mortgage and Garrett Park will truly be theirs. But to keep the bank at bay until the sheep are sheared and the wool sold, Harriet's mother invented a fiancé for Harriet - a dark haired, blue eyed sea captain who is due to return any day with a hold full of booty and lots of money. So far this stall tactic has worked, but there is one banker who is not buying the story and wants to force payment. When Mr. Gower shows up, Mrs. Ward strikes again, telling the dark haired, blue eyed Chase that he is the fictitious Capt. Frakenham come to save the day! Chase decides to play along much to Harriet's discomfort!
From there we watch with amusement as Harriet tries to trip up Chase into revealing who he really is and Chase tries to get Harriet to admit that Capt. Frakenham doesn't exist. When they expect Chase to assist in the sheep shearing this masquerade has gone way too far - he's a St John for heaven's sake! But in order to stay in character he pulls his own weight, works harder than he has in all his life and comes to admire the Ward family. Harriet helps him to see that maybe running away is not the right thing to do, but has he the strength to face his family with his misdeeds? And he and Harriet are becoming very attracted to each other. He longs to take her burdens off her shoulders and give her all the things she needs and deserves. But what can London rogue Chase St John offer a country girl like Harriet Ward except trouble and heartache?
Then there are the blackmail and murder attempts, villains to expose and, of course, the set-up for Devon's story THE BRIDE WORE PLAID coming May '04. All in all an okay story just lacking some of the sizzle of some of her other stories.
Desperate to keep the bank from foreclosing while she and her family collect the wool from their sheep, Harriet's mother makes up a fiancee -- handsome, wealthy sea captain, Captain John Frakenham. This convinces the bank officials to wait on collecting the loan -- they think the Captain will arrive and pay off the last of the debt. But after a while, they begin to wish to meet this elusive man ... and then they wonder if he really exists ...
When Chase pretends to have amnesia in an effort to keep anyone from knowing his identity and telling his family of his location, Harriet's family decide that Chase will make a wonderful Captain Frakenham. And so, they tell the man they think has no memory that he is their lost Captain and that he is in love with the willful Harriet.
Harriet, for her part, suspects that Chase does indeed know who he is and she has no wish for the sham fiancee, though she has little choice. And so the sparring begins.
One of the things I love best about Karen Hawkins is that she always writes smart, capable, intelligent heroines and Harriet Ward is one of the best. Frankly, this book has some of the wittiest, most enjoyable interplay between the two key characters that I've ever read. Ms. Hawkins just gets better and better - she's a delightful mix of Loretta Chase and Georgette Heyer.
I won't tell you more about the story except to say that I laughed outloud at some points and even had to wipe away a tear at the ending. It was just marvelous and I can't wait to read Devon's story next!
Talisman Ring books are the very best romance. I just grabbed this one..not knowing it was a Talisman ring book. Ive read all the series so far, and NOT One has let me down. Im ready for the next story..Devon's, I believe...I salute you Karen Hawkins for a great book romp once again.