My Last Duchess Mass Market Paperback – Import, 27 October 2020
"Eloisa James pens a truly delightful prologue to her popular Wildes of Lindow Castle series in My Last Duchess...The banter is witty, the secondary characters are exquisitely well drawn, and the glimpses of the children will cause readers who have read their stories to smile..." (BookPage (starred review))
“A delightfully sweet novel." (Romance Reviews Today)
About the Author
Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.
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- Publisher : Avon; Reprint edition (27 October 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0063036347
- ISBN-13 : 978-0063036345
- Item Weight : 227 g
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.74 x 16.81 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #416,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is quite a short story, and I think it was a mistake to pad out the book with a glimpse of chapter 1 from the first of the series and with a short story from Eloisa’s Fairy Tales. I think I would have preferred, as other reviewers have said, for it to have been released as a novella, and maybe not charged £5.99 for it?
However, I am giving it five stars because I loved Ophelia as a character, and I loved Hugo. Maybe because as an older reader, the idea of a sexy, handsome older man is more appealing now than it would have been in my twenties. Could it have been longer? Well, when I love a book, I don’t want it to end, so I wish there had been more, but I don’t think Eloisa pads out her plots just to do this unlike a lot of other authors do. The Frost Fair chapters were good, and taught me something about our own history that I hadn’t known. The story drew me in immediately, there was plenty of humour (of course), vignettes of the younger Wilde’s as children and teenagers and poignant glimpses of Horatius as a teenager.
I am already missing reading about the family, and have pre-ordered the next in the series. Hopefully by March next year, Covid will be an unhappy memory, and reading that book will be a different experience than in this tier three lockdown.
I do recommend this, but read the other books in the series first, otherwise a reader will find this puzzling, like coming into a film halfway through and driving your family mad by asking who that is? Or why are they doing that?
However - The Last Duchess was sold and advertised as a novel not a novella. The details online on Amazon stipulate it is 432 pages. It most assuredly is not. The kindle version doesn’t have pages - which given its exceedingly short length feels purposeful - but I think the books circa 100 pages or so. In fact shorter than many novellas I’ve read.
I’ll be writing to Piakatus the publisher to complain about misrepresentation / incorrect description of the book. It’s priced as a novel, not a novella - with wholly inaccurate page length.
I think that Eloisa James probably has a very committed group of readers - who admire and very much enjoy her usually funny, intelligent and beautifully crafted books. I think releasing The Last Duchess in is current form is a mistake; and almost disrespectful to those who’ve purchased it. It’s been represented disingenuously and the characterisation, plot and overall quality is really weak. Not sure what the author or publisher were thinking - a blot on her previously pretty unmarried copy book.
Never done this before - going to be asking for my money back; and not sure if I’ll be bothered to buy the author’s work in the future.