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Romance de época muito interessante já que boa parte da trama se desenvolve enquanto um dos personagens principais está desacordado. O contexto de época é bem trabalhado e a construção dos persongens também. A protagonista e os personagens secundários são muito bem estruturados e dão à história antes do protagonista acordar um show... O estilo Suzanne Enoch de escrever te dá tempo para se acostumar com os personagens e cozinha sobre fogo brando os amores até eles entrarem em ebulição, se você gosta disso, e não pode deixar de se apaixonar em mais esse romance da autora que lembra um filme dos anos 80, com a Sandra Bullock, “Enquanto Você Dormia”...
I liked the characters in this novel - Poppy's daydreaming of the Duke seemed very natural for a 20 year old - Struan's character was very roguish, a perfect hunky Scot - the Duchess I really liked, loving and caring and young - I liked the plot but I think the first chapters were my favorite when Poppy jumps on Struan's back - that was laugh-out-loud funny!
This book was good but very similar to the movie While you were sleeping so in that sense a bit predictable. Some interesting characters to follow up on though so keen to try other books by this author.
I cannot understand people giving this turgidly written book more than one star. If possible I would have awarded it none. In my humble opinion the plot is so unbelievable it is almost laughable. And the colloquial words in the mouths of 18th century characters made my eyes roll. Ages ago I saw a ridiculous film of a woman in a subway booth handing out tokens, who saved a man from falling on to the line. He was in a coma and his family thought they were engaged. Then she fell for his brother. Sophie definitely saw the same film. The plot was terrible in that film and ditto in this book. I like this author and feel very let down, oh yes, I have returned the book.
This book was a wee bit too angsty for me. Which was really such a shame because the book’s plot had so much potential and the heroine, Poppy Fairchurch, was simply amazing. Just I could not get myself to like our hero. At all.
To briefly recap the plot:
Poppy Fairchurch works at a flower shop where she regularly sees the Duke of Autenberry. Poppy fancies herself in love with the Duke: she admires the fact that he picks out flowers for his (multiple) mistresses himself. Which is definitely a suss reason to fall in love, and definitely not a reason to throw yourself in front of a carriage trying to save the dude.
Yet, Poppy does just that. Except she only sort-of saves him: after the incident, he enters a coma. Within all the chaos of the incident, Poppy is mistaken for the Duke’s fiancée and rolls with it. And somehow, everyone buys it—even the duke’s family!
Well….minus Struan Mackenzie, the duke’s estranged illegitimate half-brother, who is very sexy, very rich, and very, very, brooding.
Now, I’m going to be real here: I really don’t care whether or not a plot is historically accurate. I read regency romance novels mostly as fantasy instead of historical fiction. Yet, even me—with my very pitiful standards—will acknowledge how ridiculous this plot is.
Duke+shopgirl = unbelievable
Duke+shopgirl+secret engagement= very unbelievable
Duke+shopgirl+secret engagement+no one question it= very, VERY, unbeliable.
So, in short, if you are someone who cares about the plausibility of books stay far away from this one!
However, that was not my problem with this book. My biggest problem was Struan: I just, for the life of me, could not see what positive qualities he possessed. He was way too possessive, grumpy, and just plain rude. I don’t care how much you dislike your brother: you don’t seduce his fiancée while he’s in a coma. Especially when she says “no” and “go away” like thirty times, but you keep trying. He just gave off super creepy vibes.
Not to mention, that his entire “relationship” with Poppy was essentially just lust. I never saw any mutual respect, or really any mutual we-are-enjoying-ourselves-in-each-other’s-presence time—other than, of course, sexy times. Which is just not a way you build a relationship.
To conclude, don’t read this book. I’ll give it 2 stars but really just because of Poppy (she was a really *popping* character).
While You Were Sleeping is one off my favorite movies, so when this title came up in Amazon's recommendations, I couldn't resist. Unfortunately the beginning was so slow and the main characters so unlikable, I almost stopped reading a quarter of the way through. Poppy and Struan never really develop as characters, and it's unclear what lies between then besides physical attraction. He says he knows her, but we never see their relationship really evolve beyond their desire for each other. Though the pace picks up in the second half, this remained an unremarkable read, and the ending felt much too abrupt and contrived. Also there were several grammar and punctuation errors that were quite distracting.
I bought this book because I had read Ms. Jordan’s delightful “Heiress Alone” in the anthology _How the Dukes Stole Christmas_ (also recommended). I’ve been consuming Regency romances this summer like cotton candy, and was looking for a new author I had not read yet. However, a rather brutal review almost convinced me to bypass it. This would have been a shame, because _While the Duke Was Sleeping_ is a delightful romp well within the genre expectations.
That review took the book to task for its failings with its parallels with the movie, which Ms. Jordan is obviously reflecting in a delicious tease for fans of both the movie and Regency romances. I think the reviewer missed the point, but each to his own opinion.
Yes, Regency romances are delicious fantasies with their own tropes and reader expectations, and an author violates those at her own peril. Readers KNOW that going in. In the case of _While the Duke Was Sleeping_, Ms. Jordan does turn a couple of those on their heads, to charming results.
Struan MacKenzie is the perfect “handsome brute” to make this tale sizzle, and Poppy, who is most definitely NOT a belle of the _ton_, is exactly twenty years old—innocent in the right ways, with just the amount of savvy and determination for a girl of her limited but excruciating experience with loss and upheaval. Yes, twenty-year-olds can be frustrating for us more “seasoned” readers, but all I have to do is remember how idiotic I was about men at twenty (and stupidly protective of a brother who did not need it) to travel with Poppy in this journey of desire warring with what she thinks is common sense.
Reviews are a mixed bag for every book. I would encourage anyone who is fan of Regencies to make up their own minds about any author or particular book. But for me, I enjoyed Poppy and Struan’s story and would recommend it. I’ll also be buying more books from Ms. Jordan.
Poppy has a crush on Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry. Poppy is a shopgirl and although she dreams of a life with the Duke, she knows there isn’t much chance Marcus will be interested in a poor girl working at a florist. However, when Marcus is about to get hit by a carriage, Poppy comes to the rescue and saves his life. Marcus is in a coma and Poppy accompanies him to his home where she meets his family. Due to a misunderstanding they think Poppy is his fiancée and she’s being welcomed with open arms. The only one who doesn’t believe Poppy is Struan, Marcus’s illegitimate half brother. Will Poppy be able to save herself from embarrassment if the truth comes to light?
Struan and his brother Marcus have a difficult relationship. Marcus doesn’t want to believe his father was less than perfect and blames Struan for his existence. Struan’s father never wanted him and Struan has always tried to prove himself, so he feels worthy. He’s smart and successful, but he will never have the family Marcus has. There’s something he desperately wants for himself though, Poppy. Struan doesn’t think his brother is seriously courting the woman, because Marcus is a haughty Duke and Poppy is a poor working class girl. When sparks fly he thinks about taking her from his brother, will he actually try this while his brother is sleeping?
While the Duke Was Sleeping is a sexy and entertaining romantic story. The sweet and caring shopgirl Poppy dreams of falling in love with a handsome man. She’s infatuated with Marcus, but doesn’t know much about him until she saves his life. At that moment she accidentally becomes part of his family and she fits right in. Everyone loves her, including Struan. He challenges her though and doesn't accept her story as the truth. Struan is tough and moody, but he also has a kind heart and a sensitive nature he hides well. They have plenty of chemistry and he’s inclined to show Poppy the passion she deserves. Of course this makes Poppy feel torn, which is a fantastic idea for a story. I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough to find out if Struan would win Poppy’s heart.
Sophie Jordan has a fabulous fast-paced writing style. Her story is filled with surprising twists and turns, fascinating people and complicated relationships. I loved every single page of While the Duke Was Sleeping. It’s a captivating and fun story that put a huge smile on my face. Poppy is a heartwarming main character and she’s a girl who deserves the best in life. Struan needs someone with a lovely personality who cherishes him, which makes them perfect for each other, but the circumstances definitely aren't. I like reading about a good challenge and that’s exactly what they are for one another. The result is a terrific feelgood book with plenty of true love, eventfulness and charm.
'While the Duke Was Sleeping' is a nice book, and I liked it. Ms. Jordan is a talented writer - her stories are well-plotted, and they have creative characters and situations. // This book is obviously a take-off on the movie 'While You Were Sleeping' only it's told in Regency times. The heroine, Poppy Fairchild works in a flower shop, and the Duke of Autenberry is one of the shops regular customers. He buys flowers for his paramours. Poppy allows herself to daydream about the Duke, and the possibility that he might notice her one day. // One day Poppy notices that the Duke is having an altercation with another man out on the street, and she runs out of the shop to help 'break-up' the fight. She does more harm than good, and the Duke ends up receiving a devastating head injury. // Poppy doesn't realize that the Duke is having a bit of a 'punch-out' with a man named, Straun MacKenzine, who is actually the Duke's illegitimate brother. // After the Duke's injury Poppy ends up going back to the Duke's home in London, and his family makes the mistake of thinking she's his fiancee. In the book how this mistakes happens is revealed. // Both Poppy and Straun spend time with the Duke's family at his London home, and they find themselves attracted to one another. This is going to be a problem. // So, you can see how this story unfolds in a similar manner to the movie on which it is based. The issue I have with the book, and the reason I won't give the story 5 Star rating is that Straun, although he is attracted to Poppy, at times comes across as abusive in his power over her emotions and physical attraction to him. // I liked the book, and I'm glad I read it, but I find myself thinking that Straun should have been developed in a less uncomfortable manner for modern readers. I stand by Ms. Jordan as a talented writer, and I will continue to read her books.