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Watch the Wall, My Darling (Coronet Books) Paperback – 1 Mar 1984
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Watch The Wall, My Darling
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I began this book with high hopes. Christina is an american who returns to her ancestral home in england only to discover her cousin Ross is the leader of a gang of smugglers (why a gentleman would feel it necessary to do so is justified by improbably showing it as a cover for his being an agent for the British govt) The fact that his own family is blissfully unaware of his being either a smuggler or a spy does raise the question as to WHOM this smuggler cover is is supposed to delude. Her parsimonious grandfather tells her to inherit the ancestral mansion she must marry either Ross or her foppish cousin Richard. The rest of the plot is wildly chaotic with Ross disappearing for most of the book and when he does appear its simply to pass some cryptic comment of self pity. Ross appears to be so bumbling and inept that Christina is always falling into some predicament of his making and she is perpetually having to save herself since he conveniently disappears each time. Not content with that, the murderous gang of smugglers he rules is so little in his control that they are constantly trying to set fire to the Grange (his house) or murder Christina. Throughout all of this the hero and heroine are constantly saving themselves AND warning the smugglers and permitting them to make a quick getaway so they cannot be arrested by the coast guards. Why the devil he feels he owes them any sympathy or loyalty when they ignore his instructions, bloodthirstily try to set fire to his home and family and finally attempt to murder the heroine when she is warning them of a trap set for them, is utterly beyond me. It is infuriating because while initially he is depicted as calm, ruthless and in full control suddenly half way through he lapses into a careless moron who never plans things through, always makes a mess of things, disappears for months on end leaving Christina to handle things in his absence and then when he finally does return instead of falling at her feet in gratitude dissolves into maudlin self pity and muttering about how 'death would be the best' for such as him.....before disappearing AGAIN for the umpteenth time!! By this time i was wondering how this book could possibly have received the rave reviews it had. If you want a good romance on smugglers read Heyer's Unknown Ajax which I can't help but suspect this book is definitely derived from. I ordered another book from this author but now I wish I hadn't. Probably just as much of a time waste.