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A nice surprise :)
on 15 June 2012
'Confessions from an arranged marriage' was much more than it seemed, what with the stereotypical cover showing lots of skin and flowing tresses deceiving me into thinking this might be cliche at best. However, I was pleasantly surpirsed to see that the author had tried to inject a bit of thought provoking material into her historical romance. I'm actually surpirsed no one else has reviewed this yet.
The whole thing starts off as planned, the mess with Minnie being ruined by the lovely Marquess (so strange to read a grown woman being called by my horse's name, it did add an extra dimension of humour for me until I got to know Minerva!)and their subsequent marriage and I have to add that the actually ruining was pretty funny. Eventually we begin to see Blake take over the mantle of Ducal cmmand and all that, causing everything to kick off. The Duke's 'dark secret' becomes apparent but I don't want to say too much and spoil the story, it's also nice to see the gender differences in 1822 (when the book's set). Minnie is a bright young woman whose best prospects are to marry a politician in the hope that one day he becomes Prime Minister and she can set about persuading him to introduces the reforms she wants to see happen. God love her when she ends up shackled to Blake; horse hunting, boxing, fencing feckless marquess who really only sees politics as a dreaded necessity of his upcoming Dukedom. Poor Minerva's frustrations are written well and you can realise how restricted her world is.
There are a few cheesy bits towards the end but overall this was a good story, and I did feel like the author had done a lot of research.
There is quite a bit of sex but I didn't find it boring until near the end where you kind of wanted to just see a nice ending where they live happily ever after. I must admit the 'doggy' acting scene they come across when in Paris on their honeymoon is hilarious.
A good read, recommended to anyone who likes a good historical fiction! :)