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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1517724317
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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
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The story is yet again quite original, with lots of laughs and crazy antics.
I am surprised though that both books so far have quite a few spelling mistakes, mostly missing words - maybe authors no longer use proof readers (maybe they write them on their phones, as I have a lot of trouble with this stupid thing getting things right!)
I further like it because it follows on well - not one of those books with so many people you practically have to take notes!
Others may complain about the validity of history in it, or other pompous notions, but it is just an easy read book, not an historical biography - come to terms with that and you will probably really enjoy it.
The book commences with an earl (the hero) leaping out of a window at a ball with his breeches in his hand. Though no explicit mention is made of the rest of his clothing, the reported interaction between his bottom and a bush, coupled with a comment that his valet and coachman would be relieved that he has his pants, because "they were getting tired of finding him lurking around of street corners wearing only his unmentionables or, at times, nothing at all" suggests that he is at least partially naked. This raises several questions. Firstly, why would his valet be out with his coachman and how do they know to try to find him lurking at all? Second, are we really expected to believe that an earl is frequently to be found on the street without most or all of his clothes? Third, since he doesn't seem to be even close to properly dressed (remember, he is in the garden at a ball), why would he think it appropriate to approach an unknown lady? I appreciate that he is supposed to be a rake, but all this does seem to be beyond believable.
The heroine's father is the heir to a duke, ("The duke had no other male heirs ..., hence, the title was sure to pass to Lord Grey."), but she believes that said duke "might decide to take another heir if we displease him" and suggests that their third cousin could become the next duke instead. What absolute rot! An English title (plus any entailed property) passed to the nearest male relative according to a strict set of rules; choosing another heir for the title was not an option, though any un-entailed items or money could be left to whomever one wished.
Furthermore, the earl, who apparently studied medicine and botany at university, experimented on some of his gardeners by giving them herbal tinctures and thinks that he gave one of them "the pox"! Oh, really?!
This book claims to be a "madcap comedy", but I didn't find much that amused me. Instead, much of what I read just seemed stupid and annoying. Maybe this is because I know enough about Regency England to recognise the many errors and incongruities. Perhaps ignorance would have allowed more amusement, though I feel that the weakness of the characterisation would still have been a problem for me. In addition, by the point where I gave up, there hadn't even been a murder to justify the story. This is an author I shall avoid in the future.
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