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I really should not complain because I knew from the start it was a short novella. It was sweet and good. I prefer long novels but I have already read so many that my choices are becoming limited. That is why I picked this up. Lord Dashwood and Elinora Browning are childhood friends. After growing up, Elinora is expecting a proposal from him eagerly but instead he turns around and leaves for a tour of the world to become a cartographer. She is very bitter about it and after alarge amount of sherry, she writes a letter invoking every female to rise above male opinion and believe in themselves only. The letter is printed as a pamphlets Nd becomes very popular. She 8s going to Spindle Cove to give a talk on it when she finds, to her chagrin , that she will have to share the coach with , none other than the man himself. Things begin to unfold as the journey progresses and they eventually reach their HEA. A good short read if you have nothing better to do. The intimate scenes could have been better.
I think I own most of the books in Dare’s
series but as yet have only read one or two. As this is a novella and would be quite a quick read, I decided not to wait until I’d read the books in the right order but instead jump right into this one.
The premise is fun and something a wee bit different than normal while still sticking to a familiar pattern of young love turning into something real.
Miss Elinora Browning - Nora - is a great character. She’s feisty and fierce while still being true to her bluestocking roots. She felt true to the time period and I could relate to her meaning that I was rooting for her happy ever after.
Interspersed in the book are chapters that bring you to Spindle Cove and those waiting out the snow storm to hear Nora speak of her famous - or infamous - pamphlet. These are the parts that give you a glimpse of the characters of the previous books in the Spindle Cove series, especially Griff and Pauline from Any Duchess Will Do and the heroes from the previous novels. As I said, I’ve not read all the books but these snippets and the banter between the gents has really made me want to pull the Spindle Cove books out and get to reading. Genuinely funny with ease and interesting banter between these characters.
This is the same with Dare’s writing throughout this story. It’s smart, funny and really flows. It’s an easy read and that, in part, is down to the way in which you’re drawn into the story.
So, why didn’t I rate this book higher? Well, I blame George Travers, Lord Dashwood aka Dash. I just couldn’t take to him. Now, I could totally understand his anger at the pamphlet that Nora wrote - she wasn’t exactly subtle about who she was talking about. I could accept if he hadn’t found her attractive when they were younger and hadn’t contemplated marriage. I could even accept that it was definitely a good thing that the pair hadn’t married all those years ago. What I couldn’t accept was his attitude and his manner with Nora. He was rude, condescending (and not in that ‘he’s arrogant but he really cares’ kind of way that I can totally get behind) and his goads and taunts felt borderline mean. Oh, he did get better towards the end of the book and I believed in their intimacy and their happily ever after - I just couldn’t really forgive him for his attitude when he and Nora first reconnected. I do like to hold a grudge!
A fun book with lots going on, an unusual premise and a witty and clever writing style - this is one I would recommend if you want to complete your Spindle Cove collection or introduce yourself to Tessa Dare’s writing. Shame that it couldn’t have been a wee bit better - I blame George! 3 stars.
Normalmente eu não gosto muito dessas "novelas", onde as estórias são mais curtas do que nos romances normais mas desta vez Tessa Dare acertou em cheio! Lord Dashwood Missed Out conta a estória de "Nora" e "Dash" que eram vizinhos de porta desde crianças e graças a Dash ser amigo do irmão de Nora, compartilharam vários momentos juntos até a adolescência ou início da idade adulta. Logo quando Nora achou que seria seu momento de ser cortejada por Dash, ele não foi de nenhuma gentileza com a moça que, para "afogar" suas mágoas escreve um Panfleto (espécie de histórias romanceadas que eram publicadas com jornais) entitulado "Lord Ashwood Missed Out", onde retrata o seu suposto personagem (com somente uma letra de diferença de seu (ex)amigo) com quase nada de gentileza... hehehe Para dizer o mínimo... Alguns anos depois, Dash, que agora é cartógrafo e passou anos no mar, navegando, aparece novamente na vida de Nora, graças a algumas coincidências no caminho de Nora para Spindle Cove, para uma palestra para as moças da cidade, sobre sua escrita e sobre como uma donzela não deve colocar na aprovação alheia sua felicidade... Mas, obviamente, Dash não está nada contente com a "fama" que ganhou com a sociedade londrina (especialmente com as moças da cidade, graças a forma como Nora o descreveu...) e parece querer explicações de sua antiga amiga... :) Bem, daí para frente, deixo Tessa Dare entreter você... Os personagens são maravilhosos, muita inteligência nos diálogos (várias vezes me peguei às gargalhadas lendo o livro) mas também muito romance e muita sensualidade. Acho que foi um dos finais mais lindos e românticos que já li em romances de época, apesar de ser uma "novela", o que, geralmente, me faz me apegar menos aos personagens, esses dois ficarão por muito tempo comigo! Aliás, acho até que vou reler de imediato o livro, de tanto que gostei! 5 grandes estrelas!