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Miss Wonderful (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 2004
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About the Author
Loretta Chase holds a B.A. from Clark University, where she majored in English and minored unofficially in visual art. Her past lives include part-time teaching at Clark and a Dickensian six-month experience as a meter maid. In the course of moonlighting as a corporate video scriptwriter, she fell under the spell of a producer who lured her into writing novels . . . and marrying him. The union has resulted in more than a dozen books and a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award. You can talk to Loretta via her email address Author@LorettaChase.com, or visit her website at www.LorettaChase.com.
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However, the main characters are extremely engaging and sympathetic, the novel sits nicely in its historical context and if it is a lot more sensual than Georgette Heyer then it is tastefully done and not really something to complain about. It combines a read that is both good fun and very thoughtful.
In short, I loved it and my main problem with it was that it only took me the course of an evening to get through. Something to keep in your handbag and read on the train.
Unfortunately the head of the local opposition - in fact, almost the ONLY local opposition, is from Miss Mirabel Oldridge. She has run the household for over a decade as her father is an absent-minded botanist. Mirabel is 31, a confirmed spinster, and a managing woman. When she meets Carsington she finds him charming but she knows a little of his rake reputation; however they are thrown together and she begins to see there is more to him that met the eye. He's a noted Waterloo war hero and yet he seems embarrassed and ashamed by it. And why does he start having nightmares?
The love story in this is an unusual one. There's no instant hate between the protagonists or the usual other plot device, the Big Misunderstanding. Mirabel and Alistair are kept apart by circumstances - the disagreement over the canal - although they seem able to communicate pretty well despite this. There are witticisms between them but somehow the dialogue didn't have the same level of sparkle as was found in "Lord Of Scoundrels". Although I enjoyed this book there was, for me, a rather significant plot difficulty; Carsington is known for falling in love - has done so with eight previous women - and I was never entirely sure why his relationship with Mirabel would be more successful. Granted, this time she's actually eligible, but if he can fall in (and therefore out) of love so easily, can it last? Also Mirabel's father, Mr Oldridge, was rather a pantomime figure with his complete and utter obsession with botany. I'm not convinced that people are really like that. Still, it was an enjoyable read but with a rather thin plot to carry it along.
There's a lot of humour and moments that really made me smile. Especially as even though they had indulged in some intimacy, they still addressed each other as Miss O and Mr C. The ancillary characters were also used very well and given full personalities.
The villain of the piece was the tiniest bit pantomimey, but that's a minor point and doesn't really detract
A good storyline and lots of characters to get to grips with. The tale is interesting and most importantly to me, believable and in the time period that I enjoy reading about. The characters are well set and I could imagine the events unfolding as they did. Lightweight and interesting, exactly as I like my stories like this to be.
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