Lord Dashwood Missed Out: A Spindle Cove Novella Mass Market Paperback – 19 January 2016
Mass Market Paperback
About the Author
Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.
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- Publisher : Avon Impulse (19 January 2016)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062458299
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062458292
- Item Weight : 68 g
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 0.91 x 17.15 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #422,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Top reviews from other countries
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.