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Kelly Carla : Mrs. Mcvinnie'S London Season (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – 5 Jun 1990
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"Kelly has the rare ability to create realistic yet sympathetic characters that linger in the mind.
One of the most respected Regency writers."
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
A well-known veteran of the romance writing field, Carla Kelly is the author of thirty-one novels and three non-fiction works, as well as numerous short stories and articles for various publications. She is the recipient of two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Regency of the Year; two Spur Awards from Western Writers of America; two Whitney Awards, 2011 and 2012; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times. Carla’s interest in historical fiction is a result of her lifelong study of history. She has a BA in Latin American History from Brigham Young University and an MA in Indian Wars History from University of Louisiana-Monroe. She’s held a variety of jobs, including public relations work for major hospitals and hospices, feature writer and columnist for a North Dakota daily newspaper, and ranger in the National Park Service (her favorite job) at Fort Laramie National Historic Site and Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. She has worked for the North Dakota Historical Society as a contract researcher. Interest in the Napoleonic Wars at sea led to a recent series of novels about the British Channel Fleet during that conflict. Of late, Carla has written two novels set in southeast Wyoming in 1910 that focus on her Mormon background and her interest in ranching. You can find Carla on the Web at: www.CarlaKellyAuthor.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Ms Kelly fashions a charming romance between two ‘ordinary’ people, and also displays her customary eye for historical detail, especially in those scenes which detail the circumstances faced by the common sailor. She makes no bones about the precarious nature of naval life, often referring to it as the most dangerous of the armed services. Summers makes jokes about the smell and taste of four-month-old drinking water, and of his fondness for hard ship’s biscuits and simple food, but underpinning the humour are both his acknowledgement of the hardships of his chosen life as well as his abiding love for it.
Jeannie is clever and possessed of a healthy dose of common sense, things which attract the hero in no small degree, as does her affectionate, loving nature. She discovers an innate kindness behind the captain’s austere exterior, and, despite her avowed intention never to marry another military man, finds herself falling for him. While he cuts a dash, certainly in Jeannie’s eyes, Summers is neither young nor strikingly handsome, but he’s an attractive hero, possessed of considerable perception and a ready, dry wit. While their relationship does progress rather quickly, there is a depth to the connection between them that makes it believable.
My one quibble is that Jeannie is a little too good to be true - like Mary Poppins, she's practically perfect in every way, but overall, this is a quick, and charming read which isn't afraid to pack an emotional punch where needed.
Nevertheless, Carla Kelly is a well loved writer and has her own unique style which causes many of her readers including me to purchase and read every single one of her books as soon as they become available. In the case of some of her older books, they are very pricey if you purchase them used, so I have to wait until they come out on Kindle and I have been waiting on this particular book for a long time.
*Slight Spoilers* I would have given this book 5 stars except for the fact, as is common with many of Ms. Kelly's hero types in her older books - William wasn't as in tune with what I would refer to as his finer feelings as he might/should have been. This came out in his treatment of Edward when he broke the sextant, his thoughts about sending Clare back to Portugal and even his reticence about making a commitment to Jeannie. So, if you're inclined to look for near perfection, you won't find that in many of Ms. Kelly's hero types. Some can scarcely be called heroes and I have been less than complimentary about a couple of those fellows in my reviews. Nonetheless, if you're a Carla Kelly fan, you will definitely not want to miss out on this one.
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