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Scandalous Paperback – 1 Dec 2000
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Ronda Thompson has conquered Regency with the same finesse she practiced with both the Contemporary Isn't It Romantic? and the Historical Western Prickly Pear.
The thing that bothered me was the maid Tillie's habit of jumping back and forth between not having an accent and then suddenly having one.
The first time this happened I was stunned. I was so involved in the book that the sudden accent had me turning back pages to see if I had missed something. I did not.
For the first few chapters Tillie had no accent. And then suddenly she has to address her new master for the first time. You changed to ye. But Ye was not always ye. It changed back and forth. One time Tillie even said, "Thank ye, Your Lordship." Very strange, I thought. Yet,throughout the rest of the book this happen. In the same paragraph, she would have an alternating number of ye's and you's. One time Tillie dropped an H. Only once that I noticed. And then never again.
I could have understood this if the author had explained somewhere that Tillie lapsed into an old accent when she was nervous, but that never happened.
I know it sounds picky, but I am picky about the books I read. Very picky and things like this seem to jump off the page at me.
This does not mean that I did not enjoy the book. Actually, I loved it. Other than the mistakes mentioned above, this book was very well written, the story (Exception, English Inheritance laws) very believable and the characters delightful! I loved the laugh out loud humor.
Scandalous has the dialog was the best I have read in years even if some of the phrases were decidedly modern sounding. Buy the book and overlook the mistakes. It will be worth your while.