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Random Gentleman Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1981
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To be honest, I have mixed thoughts on this book. On one hand, I enjoyed the initial interactions and conversations between the two main characters. Both Belinda and Romsdale are strong characters sharing many of the same characteristics like impatience and stubbornness.
However, the romance, as it were, seemed rather rushed and abrupt; the main characters went from hating each other to being in love with each other in one conversation. Also, the ending was rather unsatisfactory with no, in my opinion, conclusive ending; there is no verbal declaration of love from either characters (though maybe their actions are enough, I feel that in a romance novel it is customary to have such a scene).
All in all, 'The Random Gentleman' is a light-hearted Georgian Regency novel, well written with the right amount of archaic language and dialogue, though not to much as the make the narrative drag.
A good read, one I would recommend, but it just didn't quite do it for me.
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The Duke was a very handsome man and had been much attention by the ladies in England and on the continent. Be was a military hero and heavily engaged in the diplomatic service. The King contacted him for a meeting the evening of the ball. During that meeting they discussed his coming engagement announcement dinner to be held the next night and to which the king was coming.
While Lady Belinda went to the ball, the Duke was not there. She got upset about things some gossips said and a bit after dinner she left claiming a migraine. The Duke arrived after she left. The Duke' s arrival sparked up the party and it lasted quite late. The next day two gossipy girls came to tell how lively it was after she left. They told her that they told. The Duke about a comment she made about the Duke being old May have had go go home go sleep as her grandfather often did. The Duke , the girls relayed to Belinda, had said that Belinda meant snake in one country. Belinda was furious by the time they left.
Belinda' s grandmother s father told her he would likely come by to see her the next day to apologize or would send her flowers. The Duke' s sister told him Belinda was beautiful, kind and a charmer and he should go calling on her. She told him he should send flowers. He refused as be was as arrogant as she was a.d thought she should be grateful he was going to marry her.
Just before the dinner Belinda disappeared leaving a note. She went to their castle in the country. She was welcomed by all the staff as she was loved by the staff who had watched her grow up. The Duke planned to go back to his castle and thought there might be another side and decided to follow as he figured she had no place to go but her other home. He met up with some gypsies and rode with them although he had some trouble with the clan head as his girl was a cliff and wanted to make him jealous and cause trouble. He did not use his own name but made up one. He was planning to make Belinda' s acquaintance.
There were some intrigues that arose from the gypsies. How would they find one another? Could the situation be made to work out? He had told the king she had the mumps but she had been removed so as to not infect the king. It could have been a political disaster. The gypsies were not very trusting. They were both going to fide Ingo Dave her. This was very intriguing. I enjoyed the book. I think you will too.
SPOILER: You don't actually even see the two of them get together. It's just implied at the end.
On a positive note...I didn't really notice any editing or grammar problems. The author does write well, its just lacking real depth and feeling.
If you like real depth and emotions to your stories, I wouldn't recommend it. If you want a very light fast read. Check it out...
Well, you can see where this is going. Of course the hero will either go after her, or somehow run into her while she is on her journey to where ever she is going. Both characters were interesting and compelling. I liked their interactions, and the secondary characters were worthwhile, too.
This story is on par with the other Chater novels I have read. If you are a fan of her work, you will enjoy this novel. If you are new to her work, why not give this book a try? The price is right.