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I've always loved the Bridgerton series and glad to see the Rokesby series runs alongside. Although there is a strict moral code at this time, it is rather unfair to young women who – through no fault of their own – are placed in a situation where their reputations are ruined. I like the way this is handled in this story, with Georgie refusing to accept pity from Nicholas. On the other hand Nicholas is not sure he wants to marry, especially when his father is telling him he must save Georgie's reputation. The question is will pride get in the way, or will they realise this could be the saving of them both? Great book in keeping with the previous stories, but definitely a stand alone novel.
This book was about Georgiana (Georgie) and Nicholas. I've followed Julia Quinn's books for a number of years and I am, in general, a huge fan of series where we get to meet characters from other books and where I get a warm, fuzzy feeling at the end of the book. I found the book was a gentle and funny read where the two main characters changed their perception of each other given the circumstances of their marriage.
I loved this book. It often had me chuckling and there were many laughs out loud. I too loved the butler scenes. Having read all the reviews I find it sad that the first ones in the list are so limited in appreciation. If you want an action book buy an action, book; this is a romance and a superior one at that. Humour abounds. The conversation and repartee are entertaining and relevant. Sense of place is fair. There is subtlety and innuendo. Characterisation is fabulous, and the cat scenes entertain. Roll them out, Julia Quinn., I have loved all your books.
My criticism would lie in the area of being true to place and period. The book is set in Regency England. Therefore Americanisms and obvious current colloquialisms need to be weeded out (Quinn is better than most American regency writers in this respect). Georgette Heyer's work is an excellent yardstick for period, as are the classics by Austen, Thackeray et al.
However catspeak has not changed, and Cathead's contribution was most clear, if longwinded. Oh ... the agony of sharing a carrriage with him ...
I absolutely love Julia Quinn's books and when Netgalley gave me the chance to review this book I was delighted. I loved the link to the bridgertons and very much enjoyed the way the story moved reasonably slowly, I hate when the protagonists fall totally in love in the first 20 pages. i found the characters well described and was disappointed to reach the end of the story, I would love to know what happened next. in the current climate just the type of book I needed.
This book had tears running down my face. It was so funny. It was the first by this author I read and it inspired me to read the others she has written. They are not all as funny as this one but they are very good and I can thoroughly recommend them.
This is not a genre of writing that I’m normally drawn to but I love JQ’s ability to draw out a character and let us understand the complexity of individual lives and emotions. This can definitely be found here, with innocence, honour, fun and friendship high up on the list.