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A Woman of Virtue (Principles and Practice) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 2001
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Karen Robards Sensual and spellbinding....Liz Carlyle weaves passion and intrigue with a master's touch.
About the Author
During her frequent travels through England, Liz Carlyle always packs her pearls, her dancing slippers, and her whalebone corset, confident in the belief that eventually she will receive an invitation to a ball or a rout. Alas, none has been forthcoming. While waiting, however, she has managed to learn where all the damp, dark alleys and low public houses can be found.
Liz hopes she has brought just a little of the nineteenth century alive for the reader in her popular novels, which include the trilogy of One Little Sin, Two Little Lies, and Three Little Secrets, as well as The Devil You Know, A Deal With the Devil, and The Devil to Pay. Please visit her at LizCarlyle.com, especially if you're giving a ball.
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A Woman of Virtue, whilst not the sparkliest and funniest of her books, has a throroughly compelling, fiery romance. Don't get me wrong, this one has its laughs as well, mostly in the beginning, and that light touch characteristic to the author. But this is less prominent due to the fact that the book, more than most in this genre, is also a murder mystery.
The book has less elegant drawing rooms and balls than an average regency as the hero and heroine struggle to help young prostitutes in the seedy East London. It is not often in this genre that you encounter gently bred virgin heroine discussing sodomy, rape and the benefits of vinegar soaked sponges as contraceptive. But I found this unusually realistic tone refreshing and tastefully done and what - with the beautifully depicted love-relationship - lifts the book well above the norm. The hero and heroine and their thoughts are interesting and convincing as they try and find their bearings in relation to each other amongst all the fear and unbiddable hunger a real, serious attraction brings in its wake. There is a depth to them that does not rely on extraordinarily heavy baggage of their pasts (often the basis of some very good romance books, the severy tortured hero, etc) but on conflicts in their own personality revealed to them through the relationship.
A Woman of Virtue is definetely a keeper and a book I suspect will grow on me. The only reason I omitted one star is that while the murder story is well done, it is not what personally interests me when reading a romance. If it is to your taste you might easily find yourself giving this book the full rating.
Young rake, Lord David Delacourt and Lady Cecilia Markham-Sands got off to a bad start years earlier with the fault landing squarely at David's feet. He tried to make it right but she would have none of it.
A few years later, he is still a bachelor who is jaded and weary of his life and she is a young widow - now Lady Cecilia Lorimer, who is more lovely than ever. They refuse to have anything to do with one another but thankfully, the good-hearted and conscientious minister, Cole Amherst, takes it upon himself to interfere with their lives and the story takes off!
Lady Cecilia has been volunteering in Rev. Amherst's shelter for rehabilitated prostitutes in London's slums. David loses a card game to Amherst (Cole cheats) which means David has to manage the shelter for three months while Cole and his lovely wife remove to his country estate to await the birth of a baby.
Oh boy, oh boy - once David and Cecilia realize they have to work together for three months, the sparks fly but the attraction and love between the two manifests very quickly and oh wow - the story gets sweet and then sweeter. I loved it that there was no big misunderstanding to contend with despite their past. There was a lot of love and more love and and genuine respect and ultra-protectiveness from David to Cecilia. Pretty much everything we want in our Main Guy who is so willing to be reformed and get on the right track.
David realizes he has always loved Cecilia and apparently there was more in her heart for David than she actually knew. Their romance is set against the goings-on of the shelter and the fact that someone or a group of someone(s) are killing prostitutes at the shelter. David and Cecilia attempt to uncover villians responsible, with the help of Max De Rohan and George Kemble. We also get to spend some time with our friend, "Hell Bent" Rutledge - I love that guy.
Liz Carlyle is a super talented writer and her connected books in the "Rutledge" series are some of my faves. I have read and re-read "A Woman of Virtue" simply to bask in the romantic scenes between Delacourt and Cecily.
The first reviewer has already given a fine run down of the story but I must urge any LC fans to buy this book and experience the feelings that reading it produces. I haven't recovered yet!
Just breathtaking......on to the next.
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