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Minx: Number 3 in series (Blydon Family Saga) Paperback – 3 Jul 2008
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A fun Regency-set romantic comedy from Julia QuinnSee all Product description
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Henrietta ('call me Henry, everybody does') Barrett has been running the Stannage estate for years. She loves the life she leads, loves Stannage Park, love Cornwall and isn't about to let some society fop saunter in and ruin everything. So, even though Dunford is far from what she expected, she launches a campaign to drive him screaming back to London.
But Dunford isn't so easily fooled, and he sets about charming his young estate manager in a counter offensive of his own. For a young woman who wears breeches and lacks any knowledge of how to be a young lady, it's so nice for Henry to have someone pay attention to her. When he buys her new dresses, seeming to care for the person inside, she is so overwhelmed by his thoughtfulness that she can't help falling a little in love with him.
Dunford finds himself equally charmed by his little estate manager - until he discovers that she's his ward. Duty and responsibilty, both new concepts to him, crowd in to ruin the easy friendship that has grown between them.
Yet, when he drags Henry to London, it is him rather than her who soon begins to regret it.
This tale of transformation - from country hoyden to society miss, and carefree rake to responsible landowner - manages to combine humour, humiliation, love and heartbreak as both main characters discover that their previously perfect lives have in fact been flawed all along.
This tale is sweet and charming - although Henry's transformation is a little too quick and smooth, and as other reviewers mention, the 'conflict' is quite pointless - but in traditional JQ style, it's still enjoyable. For lighthearted Regency, you can't go far wrong.
(Oh, and fans of Ned Blydon should get hold of the 'Where's My Hero?' anthology, to see him find a HEA of his own.)
Henry (short for Henrietta) is not an usual girl, having been in charge of a large country estate for several years, she is independant and head strong. Enter Dunford, an unwilling guardian, who fights his (almost) instant attraction to Henry. There are several obstructions between Dunford and Henry, most of them which could be solved by them talking, but then there would very little plot to the book, so you can excuse their lack of communication.
An enoyable read, perhaps not on of Quinns best books, but still very good.
I was very excited to start reading this and I must say, Julia Quinn didn't let me down. It was sweet, well worth the time it consumed and I found the hero and heroine a lovely pair.
To sum it up: Henrietta Barrett has been in charge of her late guardian's home (Stannage Park) for about 6 years. When he died, the title and home falls to our very own Mr. William Dunford. Henrietta is not the type of lady we have previously seen. Unlike the previous heroines of the Blydon family saga; she is not graceful like Emma, doesn't know her lady-like etiquettes like Belle... but somehow, 'Henry' makes up for in spirit and loyalty. I found myself cheering on for her when she finally has her season in the ton.
I loved how mis-matched this pair was. The character progression was interesting to see; from the awkward duckling to the inevitable beautiful swan.
How Dunford deals with Henry and her quirkiness is also quite amusing. From the pig incident to the bees, it was endearing to read.
As with all books, they contain their own villains and mishaps. This one was by far the most vexing. There were moments towards the end where their lover's spat was frustrating. I kept wishing they should just talk through it and stop being so bloody vague with each other. But the ending was satisfying, as we also get a glimpse of what the future held for the previous heroines. Well worth the pennies! (:
But I did manage to read this a while ago .... in my defence purely because it was only 391 pages of quite large print (my copy was a paperback, and not Kindle at the time), additionally I am an inordinately quick reader, especially if I am engaged with the characters.
The story of William Dunford, referred to by all who know him as simply Dunford, who has newly inherited the title of Lord Stannage, and Miss Henrietta Barrett, who it turns out is his Ward.
A totally beguiling story of the hoydenish Henry, who had been running the estate that Dunford inherits without much trouble, since she was 14. She wore breeches, rode astride and was used to running the show.
At the time Julia Quinn was a new author, and I found her style to be a touch too modern for my taste, however, that was just the first chapter I think from memory. I soon got used to her style, and never turn down a Julia Quinn offering now ever, as she is so funny and a delight to read. Plus she has the most perfect characterisation.
I have to admit to a raised heart beat and rapid breathing towards the end, as I raced through the pages to a very happy conclusion to this read.
A worthy 4 star read.