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A fast-paced, well-researched read...delightful. --The Historical Novels Review
Attention to historic detail, clever writing, a solid plot...a wonderful Traditional Regency read. --Rakehell
About the Author
Jan Jones fell in love with Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer and the 1800s aged twelve, and the love has never left her. She likes to think her Regencies are 'in the Heyer tradition, with a dash of Mary Stewart', another favourite writer. A multi-genre author living in Suffolk, Jan's novels, serials and short stories are written whilst organising events for the Romantic Novelist's Association. She is immensely proud that her romantic comedy Stage by Stage won the RNA New Writers Award in 2005 and that her Newmarket Regency Fair Deception was shortlisted for the Love Story of the Year in 2010. There is more about Jan on her website: www.jan-jones.co.uk She also blogs at http://jan-jones.blogspot.com and is on Twitter as @janjonesauthor.
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The central character of Nell is immediately engaging and sympathetic. When the book opens, she is struggling to keep her family estate from ruin by her uncle, Jasper. He's taken over management of the Kydd Estate following the sudden death of her father and in the absence, and more recently disappearance, of her brother Kit abroad. With her mother wrapped up in a world of her own, she must rely on her wits and strength of character a lot of the time to see her through. She is supported as much as they're able by her servants and she obviously has a good rapport with them, as well as the family's neighbours in the area. Into this mix comes Captain Hugo Derringer who appears to enjoy baiting Nell while making some strange enquiries of his own about the Kydd Estate and its running.
Jan captures the spirit and flavour of the Regency period she writes about extremely well and I quickly became immersed in the world of the novel, willing Nell to overcome the odds, hold her family - including the extended family of the household staff - together and save Kydd Court. I loved the banter between Nell and Hugo and the scenes where these two are together are especially sparky and highly enjoyable. The Kydd Inheritance is a prequel to Fair Deception which I'm now looking forward to reading very soon.
The pace was perfect; it was comfortable but had me turning pages non-stop to get to the end. And then, when I did get to the end, I was sad it had finished. I wanted to continue sharing the lives of the characters.
The atmosphere of the period was beautifully portrayed and it drew you into the era without even realizing.
This is a perfect novel for lovers of historical novels and romantic fiction in general.
I've loved all the author's previous books, but I think this one is the best. It is one I would like to read again.
The author doesn't let us down. The pages seem to turn themselves and the characters leap from the page. It kept me up reading far too late. A delight.
The plot romps along with plenty of twists and turns and loads of gumption from our heroine Nell. The sparkle between Nell and Hugo is just fabulous. I loved every single line of their dialogue and wanted everything to work out for them from the moment they met.
The other characters are entertaining and well-rounded, with a particularly convincing dastardly villain (they are so often cardboard cut-outs, but not here) creating difficulties and danger at every turn for poor Nell.
I loved it, more please!