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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less high romance than most, 28 Dec. 2007
This review is from: A Civil Contract (Paperback)
This is (as always with this author), an extremely well written story, with well-rounded, attractive characters. Unlike many of the others, it is realistic about love and marriage. It is also more about the hero than the heroine. Adam is forced to give up his first love, and to marry another girl who he doesn't know, and for whom he has feels no attraction at all. Jenny's motivation for this marriage of convenience with a man who clearly does not want her is less clear at first. If this were another lesser author, she might be a little plain, but she would also have been nauseatingly perfect. Of course, as this is Georgette Heyer, she isn't perfect, and she is very plain. She isn't "spirited" or "willful", as one might expect either. That role is left to Adam's lost love - who is not the perfect little soul that Adam believes her to be. Jenny is shy in the normal unromantic way that real people are shy - that is she appears rude rather than charmingly bashful - who was ever charmingly bashful outside of a romantic novel? She is abrupt, a little sturdy of frame, and of gait, and uneasy in her new setting. Her working class roots mean that there are many unseen pitfalls awaiting her in aristocratic society. With time, and after many painful experiences and misunderstandings, the couple learn to live together and to achieve a contentment, although never romance. Never fear that this novel will not entertain you though. The usual complement of funny and charming minor characters are all there. Mr Chawleigh in particular is a delight - a constant thorn in Adam's sensitive flesh. I like this story because it has two believable main characters that have real faults just like the rest of us, and who struggle to make the best of the life they have been given. One of her best.
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