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The Rules of Gentility (Little Black Dress) Paperback – 2 Oct 2008
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Mullany is clearly the witty, secret love child of Jane Austen and Lord Byron. How she managed time travel is my only question (USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Caskie)
The saga of an Austen-era bachelorette puts the lie to Regency delicacy in this fun romantic spoof (Publishers Weekly)
You will find it very difficult to put this book down (Janet Aylmer, author of Darcy's Story)
LBD goes Regency with this funny, clever and utterly moreish offering from Janet Mullany.See all Product description
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Regency heiress Philomena Wellesley-Clegg has rather strong opinions about men and clothing. As to the former, so far two lords, a viscount, and a mad poet have fallen far short of her expectations. But she is about to meet Inigo Linsley, an unshaven, wickedly handsome man with a scandalous secret. He's nothing she ever dreamed she'd want--why then can she not stop thinking about how he looks in his breeches?
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Philomena is a delightful 19-year-old whose roots are in Trade. She thinks mostly of fashion, particularly bonnets, and gentlemen (the author says she was inspired by Lydia Bennett of Pride and Prejudice). Although Philomena often earns the title "ninny" used by the hero to describe her, she is kind, unconventional in her thinking, and adventurous.
Inigo is a third son and a randy, careless, attractive guy. He is also loyal, a loving father, and given to very amusing dialog.
This send up of traditional Regencies ricochets from ballroom to brothel to . . . water closets (twice). Of course, the situations are improbable and the conversations impossible for the times.
There is a Big Misunderstanding which is really a little misunderstanding, and just as happens in serious Regencies, it goes on far too long.
The writing is engaging, wit abounds, and this book is a great way to spend some time.
At the back of the book are 5 pages of author insights where Mullany gives "Top ten Things no one would ever say in a Regency-set romance". In actuality, she gives a Top Ten for the heroine and another Top Ten for the hero.
This is my first Mullany read but I will now search out all her other books.