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Thoughts on the characters - Elyssa hasn't had it easy ever since her accident causing her disfigurement but she has managed to create a life for herself but when Brent comes into her life he manages to make her question her life. She knows her limits but Brent manages to push her to do stuff she never done before. She becomes confused about her feelings and why he is paying her attention as surely she can't be the perfect woman he deserves. When she finds out the reason why he was there it hurts her deeply.
Brent never thought he would find his one but when he agrees to Fellingsdown's plan he can't believe that the one turns out to be his sister. He doesn't let her problem get to him and he takes it upon himself to show her that she can do more things than she thought. When he spends more time with her and realises his feelings for her he decides to change his mind on the bargain and actually court her properly. After she finds out the truth he tries desperately to convince her that he really loves her and want her in his life but faces a big challenge of convincing her and her family.
Overall thoughts - Lovely story of a man falling in love with a woman that is perfect but perfect for him. There is also another story that happens in the background that involves Elyssa's brother and his past which draws into the dramatic part of the story and this adds to the story and makes it more mysterious and interesting.
Elyssa's four brothers and two sisters are painfully protective of Elyssa. After a childhood accident she is loathe to mix in public as she hates people staring.
However, Brent has a reputation as a rake and on his way to the houseparty he is fascinated to meet a beautiful girl who is recklessly riding a huge Arabian Stallion. Thinking to save her he rides towards her only to realise she is an exceptional rider and in no danger at all. Unfortunately he has obligations to fulfill and they part ways.
He can't believe his luck when he finds out that not only is the girl at the party but she is the sister he has been asked to pay attention to...
As if their situation isn't intriguing enough, her brother, the Marquess, finds that the girl he loved, and who had married another Marquess breaking his heart forever has also been invited to the party. Harrison would very much like to have Cassandra thrown out, but his honour prevents this and he must make the best of things.
But love hurts. Harrison has no idea of the evil plot that forced Cassandra into marriage with the Marquess of Lathamton and is still angry with her. Cassandra can't understand why Harrison didn't come and rescue her and is angry with him.Read more ›
The premise, that a disabled woman was considered undesirable and even tainted by Georgian society, is probably true. It's only very recently, after all, that the visibly disabled have succeeded on television - but remember the outrage when Blue Peter had a presenter with a shortened arm?
So I found Elly's inability to believe that anyone could find her attractive believable, and found how society reacted towards her to be equally believable. I liked Brent, liked how he overrode all her "But I can't because of my leg" arguments, and, daft romantic that I am, liked the ending ("his broken heart lay shattered at his feet" - aaaaahhhh!).
The sub-plot involving Elly's brother and her friend dropped into classic bodice ripper territory, betrayed heroine, dastardly baddie, deep dark secrets, people dun-wrong, disinheritance, babies... my, it was all there!
So, this is a good attempt in a crowded genre to come up with something different.
The Earl of Charfield is hired to distract Lady Elly from her pen-pal lover. He sees her riding and is entranced. It isn't giving much away to say that Elly can't walk, and this along with the issue of Charfield being hired to accompany Elly should be the major tension of the book.
However, the author seems to get distracted, and suddenly the whole family are getting married - all four of Elly's brothers have underdeveloped love interests. The romance between Elly's brother Harrison and her friend Cassie is slightly better developed than the other 3 brothers. Harrison and Cassie are old flames. But this feels very half baked and ends up rather rushed - straight from misunderstanding and hating each other to 'oh no, it's too late, I won't tell him about what happened' to getting together, with no real forgiveness or rational conversation in the middle.
About half the way through, the whole thing changes from being kind've okay but underdeveloped, to not well written action. There's a scooby doo style villain, who appears out of the blue and shoots Harrison in the middle of a croquet match. Yes - really - and none of the characters seem to find that particularly odd. There follows a quite cartoonish adventure.
Though the romance between Elly and Charfield is okay for the most part, it didn't inspire me. I don't really understand why Charfield fell in love with Elly and I'd've liked to see them bond over their Arabian horses to see why they like and understand each other. The love scene (singular) is rather tepid and euphemistic.Read more ›
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A very enjoyable story. I will certainly read more of this author's books.Published 10 months ago by Elaine
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