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Minx: Number 3 in series (Blydon Family Saga) Paperback – 3 Jul 2008
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"'Smart, funny' - Time Magazine"
A fun Regency-set romantic comedy from Julia QuinnSee all Product description
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Henry (short for Henrietta) is not an usual girl, having been in charge of a large country estate for several years, she is independant and head strong. Enter Dunford, an unwilling guardian, who fights his (almost) instant attraction to Henry. There are several obstructions between Dunford and Henry, most of them which could be solved by them talking, but then there would very little plot to the book, so you can excuse their lack of communication.
An enoyable read, perhaps not on of Quinns best books, but still very good.
Henrietta ('call me Henry, everybody does') Barrett has been running the Stannage estate for years. She loves the life she leads, loves Stannage Park, love Cornwall and isn't about to let some society fop saunter in and ruin everything. So, even though Dunford is far from what she expected, she launches a campaign to drive him screaming back to London.
But Dunford isn't so easily fooled, and he sets about charming his young estate manager in a counter offensive of his own. For a young woman who wears breeches and lacks any knowledge of how to be a young lady, it's so nice for Henry to have someone pay attention to her. When he buys her new dresses, seeming to care for the person inside, she is so overwhelmed by his thoughtfulness that she can't help falling a little in love with him.
Dunford finds himself equally charmed by his little estate manager - until he discovers that she's his ward. Duty and responsibilty, both new concepts to him, crowd in to ruin the easy friendship that has grown between them.
Yet, when he drags Henry to London, it is him rather than her who soon begins to regret it.
This tale of transformation - from country hoyden to society miss, and carefree rake to responsible landowner - manages to combine humour, humiliation, love and heartbreak as both main characters discover that their previously perfect lives have in fact been flawed all along.
This tale is sweet and charming - although Henry's transformation is a little too quick and smooth, and as other reviewers mention, the 'conflict' is quite pointless - but in traditional JQ style, it's still enjoyable. For lighthearted Regency, you can't go far wrong.
(Oh, and fans of Ned Blydon should get hold of the 'Where's My Hero?' anthology, to see him find a HEA of his own.)
Charming story although, as others have said, it didn't really need the conflict at the end. I also could have done without the slightly icky scene where Dunford talks with his friend Billington about passing his mistress on to him.
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