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Lady In Waiting (Warner Forever) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Jan 2005

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"A delightful debut!" "Julia Quinn, New York" Times" bestselling author on Rules of Engagement""

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The second novel from Kathryn Caskie is a sexy, funny historical romance that will appeal to the readers of Julia Quinn and Christina Dodd.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Endearing Heroine Here 30 Jan. 2005
By M. Rondeau - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Setting - Bath, England 1817 --- Working as a lady's maid for the Featherton sisters, Jenny Penny, the illegitimate daughter of an English baron had no idea that a `face cream' she'd concocted for her ladies would be used and gaining untold popularity as a `tingle' cream used in the lower extremities. This same cream was very much sought by the highborn ladies and gentlemen of the ton. Never did she ever realize that while modeling a gown for her employers she'd be mistaken for, and caught up into a scheme of impersonating a highborn lady. Jenny's life had certainly taking an odd turn, though after attracting the attention and admiration of the Scottish Viscount, Lord Callum Argyll, she was more than willing to continue the masquerade.

Naturally, playing the part of a lady required dressing like one and luckily the sale of her homemade facial cream, now the infamous "tingle" cream, was the means to an end in affording her passion of paying for her shopping sprees in Bath's most exclusive shops. With the ladies Featherton encouraging her romance with Lord Argyll, it seemed like a dream come true but, it would be only a matter of time before someone slipped and the truth be known - that Jenny Penny was only a `lady in waiting'!

*** While there were some humorous moments... I have to say, I did not like the characterization of the heroine at all. Told in her voice, the reader is exposed to only Jenny's views and motivations, which to me were so very shallow. She was admittedly a shop-aholic, who spent far more than she could ever have earned as a maid, had she not chanced upon her face cream a.k.a. an erotic enhancer. If her employers had been aware of her overdue accounts, she'd have probably been sacked! As a heroine she just was too materialistic, and it was just so hard to warm up to her at all. Additionally, I found very little depth to Callum as well and he came across as rather flat and lifeless, although in the end he finally did redeem himself.

The author does get points for research though and coming up with good historic detail. Unfortunately, the twin Featherton sisters, who were such a total hoot in RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, just didn't draw the laughs I expected and I felt just a tad cheated because of that. --- Marilyn, for [...] ---
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not again! 24 Mar. 2005
By M. DETWILER - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kathryn Caskie won't get me again. I slogged through her first novel and really didn't like it, but, shame on me, I gave in and bought her second. To my horror, I thought it was even worse than her first. This heroine, Jenny Penny (lovely name), had no redeeming qualities. She reminded me of someone and, halfway through the book, I realized who it was. Elizabeth Bennett's harebrained, selfish sister, Lydia, in Pride and Prejudice. Like Lydia, Jenny thought of no one but herself. I have to say her shopping antics wore real thin, real fast. She could be in the midst of a crisis, but see some pretty in a shop and she had to have it. That is not an endearing trait in a heroine. I have to doubt her intelligence because she certainly seemed like she wasn't too blessed in the brains department. I also don't think she was very honest, witness her deception with Callum (and he's another story). She never really owned up to who she really was until she was forced to. I really, really didn't like this character. The dotty aunts were not as annoying as the last time around, but they were still too eager to go along with the deception. As for Callum, I question why he was there. We never really got to know him. I love to hear what's going on in the hero's head as he is falling in love with the heroine. I felt that Callum was trotted out when Caskie needed a stud and then trotted back to his stable, wherever that was. How he could put up with Jenny Penny, I'll never know. Probably because we were never given the opportunity to get his POV. If I sound upset, I am. I agree with the other reviewer who thought Caskie was writing down to romance readers. I get the feeling that she is. If she wants to write some other genre, then go do that. You are doing readers a disservice by publishing books of this ilk. Let the historical romance category to the pros like Lisa Kleypas, Karen Marie Moning, Sabrina Jeffries, and Pamela Britton. Caskie won't get me again!!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I guess I'm still Waiting... 7 Jan. 2005
By C. Vowels - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My sister made me buy this book because the heroine's name is her nickname. I bought and read at her insistence.

Jenny Penny is a lady's maid with a weakness for the finer things in life. When the niece of her employers dresses her up like a lady and drags her before the highlander who stole her breath earlier in the day, Jenny finds herself playing the part of a lady to Callum, Viscount Argyll. Moonlighting as Lady Eros, selling her wildly popular face cream (for which people have found a different use), Jenny's life soon gets wild and crazy.

I don't really know where to begin with my review. This book is written like a chick lit novel, which makes it difficult to review in the style I normally use for a historical romance. Jenny is the center of the story, the entire book being told from her point of view. This might have worked if she'd been a better character. She's what would happen if the Shopaholic and Becky Sharp mated--and not in a good way. She's got all of the surface angst of a real character, but in execution she's shallow and lacks self awareness. There's just no depth to her at all.

I don't feel like I know the hero. In fact, I'm not even sure what he looks like. You can be sure I have no idea why he falls in love with Jenny. The endearing parts of her story and character are only revealed to the readers, not to the hero. Actually, I'm not all that sure why Jenny loves Callum either. The romance, like Jenny, lacks depth.

"Lady in Waiting" just feels like a silly story, and it only gets two stars from me. The characters aren't three dimensional, Jenny's predicaments and shopping addictions are wallpaper, and the hero is a non-entity. This book reminds me of the work of other authors, but falls short because the characters aren't good. I'll try to explain what I mean: Julia Quinn's light-hearted stories work because her characters have soul; you root for Pamela Britton's working class heroines because they feel real, flaws and all; Karen Marie Moning's rompy tales are never a joke because her protagonists have chemistry dripping from every pore; Lisa Kleypas's flawless characterization makes you fall in love with everyone she writes.

I'd like to be clear, Caskie is a capable writer. Her prose has tightened since her debut and she has really trimmed down on the over-the-top gags. I'm glad to see that the horribly irritating match-making Featherton sisters have been reigned in and made more palatable. But in the end this is just a mediocre effort. I have the oddest feeling that the author doesn't have a real understanding of what makes good romance. I can be hard on the genre, but deep down I have deep affection for it. I think the same is true of the greatest romance authors. Somehow, I get the feeling Caskie has a lack of respect for the genre and its readers. If she'd rather be writing literary fiction or maybe even romance's more glamorous cousin, chick lit, that's what she should do.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well written but... 10 Jan. 2005
By Viv - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished K.C.'s "Rules of Engagement" which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I rushed out and bought "Lady in Waiting". The book was very well written with a story line that hasn't been over-used, however, I couldn't finish it. The book was all from Jenny's point-of-view. I never knew what Collum was thinking or feeling unless he happened to be in the scene.

If you don't mind reading a book from only one angle, than this book would be great. I, personally, like to know what the hero is feeling towards the heroine. It adds the spice I need in a romance novel.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for what? 25 April 2006
By MerriG - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am very tired of the typical Regency herione whose "woe is me" act grows thin and old. I am happy to report that Jenny is not that heroine, but fiesty instead. Too fiesty. Too brash. Too unbelieveable.

I found Jenny refreshing at first, then I found myself rolling my eyes and slamming the book shut. She was too modern. The book could have been set in 2000 New York without changing any dialogue.

Jenny's shopping madness was ridiculous at best. What shop owner would grant credit to a maid of an amount more than she earned in a year? The cost of dresses would take 100 years of her earnings to pay for. I was asked to suspend belief too many times for this to work for me.

While I can live with a book just in the heroine's POV, it got very tiring. I felt no connection to the hero, the aunts came off as flightly, the other characters as flat. And the use of coincidence was too much in this book. Jenny just "happened" to be the daughter of a noble. Can you see my eyes rolling again?

The aunt's pushing Jenny to act as a lady to "snare" the hero was way over the top. I am supposed to think that the aunts were playing some kind of game for fun. I can't believe they would risk scandal of their granddaughter by passing the maid off as a lady. And the granddaughter would go along with it. Sorry, I don't believe it.

In the Upper Assembly Room dance scene, Jenny promises to "behave" and act with "decorum". Five minutes later she's "enthusiastically" dancing and calling attention to herself. (more eye rolling)

To top it off, the book is not funny. Any "funny" scenes come off as flat and staged. It took me a week to plough through this book, so often did I slam it shut in frustration.

My advice is to read it before buying it.
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