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I loved it, having seen some reviews wasn't sure I would, but had pre ordered it. Negatives - not many, maybe the only is that a gentleman with a personality like Edward's is unlikely to be a rake. Positives - always good to have an educated lead female, although obviously that comes from her mother, as her father is as described a 'spaniel of a man' a wonderful description which is only inaccurate as spaniel are intelligent. - the hero's aunt is not typical of the ton, is helpful and unexpectedly likeable. - the lead male, whilst a duke, has a softer side, and admits he has much to learn, this too is unusual. Our heroine is educated, a tad opinionated, but wise enough to know she has much to learn to fit into her new life, however she stumbled into it. Our hero is very careful in his ways, exacting and perhaps driven in his ways. But he has a softer side he loves animals and being outdoors as much as he loves his duty to his station in life. Again one wonders how he became known as a rake, as it doesn't fit how he lives his life. In the end they both adapt to bring themselves to a happy life.
I really liked the story, especially the two main characters., BUT if people are going to write historical romances, they owe it to their readers to be accurate in their writing. The book mentions their intended wedding in Westminster Cathedral. NO! They would have married in Westminster Abbey. Westminster Cathedral was the chief Roman Catholic church in England, and at that time there were still a number of restrictions on what Roman Catholics could and could not do. If he was a Catholic the duke would not have been able to sit in the House of Lords, and I'm not altogether sure whether he would have been able to inherit the dukedom. No Roman Catholic could be heir to the throne of England, in fact still can't because the monarch is Head of the Church of England, and has been since Henry VIII assumed that title. Follow the shining example of Georgette Heyer, who would never have made that mistake, because she had notebooks full of facts which she had noted about speech, fashion, clothing, food, manners, and hundreds of other facts about Polite Society
Wer den Film "Stolz und Vorurteil" mit Keira Knightley gesehen hat, braucht dieses Buch nicht mehr lesen. Der Protagonist wird ebenfalls fälschlicherweise für stolz gehalten, ist allerdings nicht wie im Film schüchtern, sondern hat deutlich autistische Züge. Der drohende Skandal wird nicht von der Schwester herbeigeführt, sondern vom Vater. Die Vertraute der weiblichen Hauptperson und (neben der Mutter) einzige Vernünftige in der Familie ist die Schwester. Leichte Unterschiede, aber der rote Faden ist da. Es scheint, die Autorin hat den Film gesehen und gleich mitgeschrieben. Das enttäuscht einigermaßen, aber da es trotzdem ganz nett geschrieben ist und zumindest angenehm unterhält .... 4 Sterne.
From start to finish this book was marvelous! I have loved every minute of it and am so glad I stumbled upon it. It was an interesting set of characters and personalities that make you want to read further to find out what happens next. I love the similarities to Pride and Prejudice and My Fair Lady, two stories I have anyways loved. I can't wait to read more from this author! I'm at a good start so far!
Here comes a Duke as compelling and powerful as they get and he meets not only his match but one of the few people who can understand him, as this is a duke likely with an autism spectrum disorder. Eva Devon describes very well his way to understand his future wife, what one can and cannot do and his struggles with growing up and how to function in a merciless society. Very well done and very much up to date in today’s world!