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Under A Lucky Star by [Farr, Diane]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 911 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Diane Farr Books (24 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006DTZ3FY
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #437,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a beautiful and very sweet romance. Dianne Farr has an excellent writing style – her words are almost poetry, they are so lovely.

In this novel the writer was able to build up, with great intensity, the feelings between Derek and Cynthia. When they kissed, it was explosive (in a good way) to me, as I yearned for them to be together. Only good writers can do this for me and I was so pleased with the powerful pull this romance had.

And the love story was romantic and sensual “without resorting to offensive material” - to quote my book’s blurb. And it is so true, I would call this romance “clean” even though I felt the intimacy of the couple (without graphic descriptions). The writing made my heart melt. It was really well done.

This story, and Derek, gave the quite young Cynthia the room to grow, mature and make her own decisions after learning through bitter experience and betrayal about how the real “society” world works. I’m glad Cynthia chose Derek.

This is not 5 star for me because the heroine's mother is extremely annoying and for too long. I like the way she is dealt with in the end (it made Cynthia's success that much sweeter), but I really suffered through scenes involving her. Poor Cynthia. Poor me. She drove me nuts. It was too much.

This was my first Diane Farr novel. Hopefully there are more. With less annoying mothers.
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Disappointing. Way worse than the first one in the series.
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I will not be buying any more of this author's works, it was unbelievable and trite etc etc etc etc
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0ce4504) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a21eac) out of 5 stars a Keeper for me 16 Sept. 2004
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. So far I've liked everything by Farr but this one really hit all the right chords. Memorable characters, lovely prose, poignant story, great fantasy. Including the comeuppance for the "villain" of the piece toward the end which I thought was perfect. Very satisfying on many levels. What I think this author does best is she leaves you smiling at the end of every book, but she does it a different way every time. I can't understand why some people who post reviews admit in the reviews that they haven't even read the book. Lots of us have Farr on our auto-buy list. I guess I'm just a fan, but I read a lot of romance and I think this author is something special. I recommend this book for anyone looking for a really good read that will leave you with a smile on your face.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa151d708) out of 5 stars a gem of a read 9 April 2004
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The lovely Lady Cynthia Fitzwilliam (also known as 'Frost Fair' because of her excessive icy reserve) was only seventeen when her parents launched her on London society, with the stern admonishment that she reserve all her charms for her excessive rich suitors. In fact, Lady Cynthia's mother, Lady Ballymere, has already set upon the repulsive, but rich, Sir James Filey as a potential husband for Lady Cynthia. But one magical night, Lady Cynthia meets Derek Whittaker at the opera. Handsome, honourable and kind, Derek is everything that Sir James is not, and fits Lady Cynthia's notion of what the ideal husband should be. But Derek is also poor, and knowing full well that her parents will never countenance Derek as a potential suitor, the dutiful Lady Cynthia deliberately cuts him out of her life even though the deed costs her a lot of pain and anguish. Now, three years later, Derek and Lady Cynthia meet again at Oldham Park, the Duke of Oldham's family estate. Derek is visiting his heavily pregnant sister, Natalie (Natalie's married to Lord Malcolm, the duke's younger son), while Lady Cynthia and her mother are guests of Lady Hannah (the duke's granddaughter & Lord Malcolm's niece). And while Lady Cynthia feels quite overwrought about meeting Derek again, esp after their painful parting, she's nevertheless quite surprised to find that the feelings he aroused in her is still there and as strong as ever. But her mother wants her to snare yet another rich young man. Suddenly the dutiful Lady Cynthia is filled with rebellious thoughts about fulfilling her own needs and desires. Can a young lady who has spent years bending towards her mother's will suddenly rebel? And does Derek still care for her, or has she destroyed whatever tender feelings he ever had for her? For a meek young lady used to doing whatever her mother has told her to do, Lady Cynthia is going to have to do some hard thinking about her future, and whether or not Derek and love will have any part in it...
"Under a Lucky Star" is a follow-up to "Under a Wishing Star;" and again Diane Farr has penned another quiet little gem of a Regency-era romance novel. While the story is a very simple one with very few frills and fancies, Ms Farr's vivid portrayal of the love and attraction that bounds Lady Cynthia and Derek together is affecting and is what makes this novel an engrossing read. Will the Lady Cynthia and Derek be successful in their quest for a happily ever-after ending or will Lady Ballymere thwart them at the very end? Even though this is a romance novel and we know that a happily ever-after ending is ensured, there were a few suspenseful moments when I really did wonder about how this sought after ending would be achieved! Another thing that made this novel a fresh and compelling read was Ms Farr's wonderful portrayal of Lady Cynthia. Lady Cynthia as a heroine may not be everyone's cup of tea. She's almost too passive and gives in to her mother's demands at almost every turn. On the other hand the authour's portrayal of the heroine is very accurate and in keeping with what she's was trying to convey: the anguish an obedient and dutiful child would have to face as she tries to balance her own needs and desires with the needs and wants of her parents. And Lady Cynthia's moments of rebellion, when they came, were most welcome.
While not everyone may appreciate this quiet little gem, readers who enjoy character driven novels that are smoothly paced and intelligently executed will indeed enjoy "Under a Lucky Star."
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0912330) out of 5 stars Love this Author! 17 Sept. 2004
By Barb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once again Diane Farr has created a wonderful and entertaining story. Farr's storytelling ability is exceptional as she has the ability to keep the reader's attention with her witty and humorous dialog. I have read all of her books and found each one to be entertaining, but not repetitious. I look forward to more works from this delightful author.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a218b8) out of 5 stars Lady Bellyache and her dutiful daughter 22 Oct. 2012
By Joy-read - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Under a Lucky Star is the sequel to Under The Wishing Star. This book is okay, but not as good as its prequel. Not much happens-- sometimes it's a bit boring. However, we get to see Malcolm, Natalie, and little Sarah from Under the Wishing Star, because Derek -- the hero in this book -- is Natalie's beloved brother.

Farr also wrote The Fortune Hunter, a five-star keeper. One of my faves in the regency romance genre.

PLOT : Lady Ballymere coldly connives to catch an uber-wealthy bachelor for her daughter, the nauseatingly beautiful Cynthia. Derek Whittaker falls in love with Cynthia at first sight, but he is not wealthy enough for Lady Ballymere. Cynthia loves Derek immediately, too, but she is too cowardly to disobey mommy, so she spurns him. Derek won't accept defeat and continues to entreat. Cynthia plays hot and cold, because she loves him but feels compelled to please her greedy parents. Finally, Cynthia finds her spine. Finally, her manipulative matriarch gets her comeuppance.

I couldn't really get immersed in the romance. I quickly lost my patience with wishy-washy, weak-willed Cynthia.

Honestly, I was more interested in seeing whether Lady Bellyache got her just desserts. She gave me the creeps!

Content caution: One sex scene, several pages long and fairly explicit. Minimal swearing, if any. No violence.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0ce400c) out of 5 stars A Wonderful and Sweet Regency Romance (B Grade) 18 May 2007
By Katie Babs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Diane Farr has written a wonderful romance with a hero that believes in love at first sight and doesn't let that love die for years. If you like beta heroes that are just too good to be true this story is for you.
Derek is a simple man. He is not a duke or any other lord. He is a secretary to one though. One night at the opera he saves Cynthia, a young lady who is hiding from her soon to be fiancé. They share some kisses and then from there on out their feelings are set forever.
But their happily ever after is not an easy one. Cynthia must marry a very rich man to save her selfish parents who spend money like there's no tomorrow. When Derek and Cynthia meet at a party, she gives him the ultimate cut and Derek is heartbroken.
Three years later they meet at a house party and Derek soon realizes things are not what they seem. The chase is on for Cynthia to become his.
Derek's pursuit of Cynthia is beyond sweet and Cynthia wants to be caught but she is constantly at odds with her mother and the guilt of her parents' spending. Derek and Cynthia find some hope with a lot of kissing. For those who don't like those passionate over the top love scenes, this book is for you and also recommended for teens.
A truly exceptional and sweet romance between two people who belong together from the moment their eyes and lips met.

Katiebabs

Under the Wishing Star (Star Trilogy (Paperback))
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