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although I read these quite happily, I don't think any of them will stay ...
on 10 January 2015
These are a set of 3 traditional Regency novellas. It can be difficult in short stories to really get into the skin of the characters, and, although I read these quite happily, I don't think any of them will stay in my memory. The writing style is a bit pedestrian and not very original, which may be why I didn't get as involved in the stories as I felt I should have.
However, (possibly because Christina Courtenay isn't American!) she has managed to get the form of the characters' titles correct - something which irritates me beyond belief when they are styled wrongly!! The romantic element in all three stories lives up to Georgette Heyers's example, with an impassioned kiss being as far as is revealed. Therefore, you can easily offer to let your maiden aunt read and enjoy this trio!
To sum up, these are 3 short quite readable stories to pass the time, but will be unlikely to draw you back for a further in-depth reading.