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Pleasing but unsatisfying,
This review is from: A Little Folly (Paperback)
I am a great fan of Georgette Heyer and have read ALL her books! So when I read Jude Morgan being compared to G Heyer, I jumped at the chance to read this book. This is my first Jude Morgan book and I'm very pleased how well he writes! His style and knowledge of the genre is fantastic.
I really wanted to like the book, but in the end Louisa & Valentine were rather more hapless than heroic. Their attempts to enter into society is quite entertaining but as romantic heroes - they just don't have any charisma. My biggest disappointment (but delighted surprise) is that the secondary romance is more interesting than what the two main characters get up to. I don't particularly like or care very much for Louisa in the end. She's comes off as self-indulgent and self-absorbed. She may have found love (or so it seems), but I'm not convinced she knows what passion is!
WARNING: PLOT REVEALED!
James Tresilian may be noble but sometimes he comes off as a wimp and not at all exciting. He doesn't declare himself until the last three pages of the book (and it's only because he had to not because he wanted to) and it shocked Louisa so much, she ran off! From being completely oblivious to suddenly realising she's in love with him, is a leap much too far!
My favourite character by far is Pearce Lynley and it's HIS story that excites me the most! I wish this book was about him! He has heaps of charisma!! All that brooding intensity and arrogant self-confidence screams Mr Darcy! Louisa dislikes him because he seems to be the exact copy of her autocratic father. But the novel builds Pearce up to such Darcy-heights, he seemed destined to be the hero who wins the heroine. The problem is NOT that he doesn't, but that the woman he ends up with is by far more heroine material than Louisa! That Pearce finds redemption is utterly delicious - he becomes a changed man thanks to the love of a wise, intelligent and dignified woman. In the end, Louisa is just not woman enough for him - and it's a good thing too!! Because we root for Pearce and his nanny cum bride-to-be! Their story is by far the most exciting! I'm all for the unexpected but when the surprise is better than the main story - it's like having dry bland roast chicken with a fantabulous sauce! What could possible be the point in that?
As a novel, it's pleasing and entertaining. As a romance novel, it's irritatingly unsatisfying. Don't expect a Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer type romance!