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Good intentions do not always make good novels
on 28 February 2016
Good values and good intentions do not always turn into a good novel, and I am afraid this book still lacks the fluency in witty writing and pleasant ploys in plot development that the author eventually acquired in time in later works such His Convenient Wife or Ruined by the Earl. I probably enjoyed this book more than the best known "Eye of the Beholder" which is a prequel to this story, but I honestly found odd and unpleasant to have the clash between the plausible slow development of the romance between the two protagonists and e.g. the unplausible disguise of a seven month pregnant woman as a male deputy in the hurried up finale. 3 stars for the good intentions of the "everybody deserves a second chance" redemption trope, but it won't be a reread for me.