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An alternate cover edition can be found here. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Found this book a little darker and more serious but, still good. Narrator Kate Reading was ok. Jul 15, Mermarie rated it it was ok Shelves: Initially, I had this fist-waving defiance as I started the unknown road leading into this poorly reviewed, wrong era labeled story, but mainly because the usual harping done, where these old relics are concerned, is an unwavering modern day contempt to any Literature falling below the well-groomed grace of commonly accepted Regency authors or Jane Austen abiders.

Marion Chesney has a gifted talent to spin beautifully gilded wording and prose, but without the support of characterization pillars to solidify the story. The Marquess of Westerby was a self-inflicted loser, in the literal sense as well; impoverished through his drunken belligerence, which ultimately coerced him into marrying beneath his rank. Hetty truly saved this novel from complete, vapid icing filling fluff of nothingness. Was she a gold digger? Alas, nothing NEAR that took place at all; Hetty was a stepmother who kept their family from utter starvation by pistol-packing, shotgun-waving poaching sessions.

Hetty will fight all your dragons. The sort of stronghold that outlives five husbands and hides the bodies of the lawless brigades set to oppress her and her loved ones. They loathed Jane for no real reason than other being alive. In her mind, Jane killed all the Bentleys. In her mind, she stood at the graveside as the four coffins were being lowered into the ground.

The local pastor would, of course, perform the burial service, which would be poetic justice indeed. There are literally paragraphs of descriptions—sometimes without flow, that are practically pulled from books such as: Drinks to have in Georgian Era Coffeehouse. I recommend it for that! There was an endless choice of drinks with colorful namespurl, Old Pharaoh, knock down, humtie dumtie, stripleshouldree, possets and punches in the hundred and fifty varieties, raw shrub, porter cup, cider cup, port-wine cup, egg flip, and rum-booze, among many others.

French wines fortified with brandy by London merchants; port, Lisbon, canary, madeira, and gin. Jane hopes to land a decent husband and perhaps a fortune of her own, were nearly snuffed out completely until it was made known she had a godmother in London. Jane never quite truly found her footing. This is where the true characterization flaws and bipolar tendencies came in full throttle.

Fear not, the hero, Lord Charles, is as equally shabby a character, whose instantaneous love vibes, despite his lifelong debauchery and acidity in the Face of Luzz, were enough to gag a maggot at this point. Those two internally vowed their endless, undying love to each other, like a Shakespearean soliloquy, NEARLY at the same exact moments. What a weak, tired old trope to prop up such beautiful visionary with. This has to be the Alice in Wonderland of book developments to ever have been. A tiny morsel of relevancy pocketed down into various sized gift box, only to find the tacky, inconsiderate bauble in the bottom of needless packaging; the most expensive gift-wrap and ribbons EVERAH.

She loathed them more for their inability to control and school their emotions. Philadelphia was a social climber and clever girl whose only means of finding her own wealthy husband is through the connections with Jane and the Bentleys. There are a myriad of loose-ends and half-solved mysteries simply hanging out, with no real finale at all. There are words left unsaid, unspoken, and no cliffhanger dots or point of event change.

If this was intentional, I feel that Chesney should re-edit this book because none of the main characters were at all HEA mode, prepared for the cut-off or anything of the sort; it's like the page was ripped out and the book thrown at inquiring questions that followed.

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That's not enough, I'm sorry. I'll be reading the next installment to clarify whether there is any continuation or more dead-ends awaiting me. Apparently the second book, The Westerby Sisters , is the second installment, but, I imagine, the girls have their names switched. Jun 12, Grace rated it liked it Shelves: A very modern plotline written way back in the day. Lady Jane is the only daughter of a marquess who gambled all his estates and fortune away to a second cousin, the Bentleys, and they lord it over them at every opportunity as all still reside in the same county.

The Marquess has subsequently married a bar innkeeper's daughter who has two daughters from a previous marriage to a blacksmith. The stepmother, Hettie, is probably the hidden jewel of a character in this book, being lusty, generous, an A very modern plotline written way back in the day. The stepmother, Hettie, is probably the hidden jewel of a character in this book, being lusty, generous, and with a heart of gold. Lady Jane's consuming passion in life is to rid herself of her hovel for a hovel she does live and regain her former status in life, and by a turn of events aided by the vicar's vain daughter, she's able to ingratiate herself to a rich aunt and go to London.

All does not go smoothly however, because her elderly aunt goes precisely nowhere and is accounted a bit mad. But Lady Jane has a light-bulb moment of a grand idea -- the same idea that would inundate the Regency romance novel world of the 90s -- she would ask this infamously lucky gambler Lord Charles to gamble against the Bentleys and win back her family estate for her, er It does work out like she imagined, and she regains the family estate, as well as inheriting her rich aunt's fortune, and suddenly they are the target of the remaining Bentley's envy and hate.

Lord Charles somehow has contrived of a hatred for her. The two dance around each other, each thinking the other has only used them when they had fallen so madly in love. It would almost have been a decent HEA if not for the weird last line of the book that establishes an eerie dark undertone when I for sure thought it was a standalone. The premise of the book is similar to Marion Chesney's Daughters of Mannerling, in which the six daughters scheme to regain their lost estate, but that series was infinitely better written.

May 31, Gennielc rated it really liked it Shelves: But neither love, poverty, alcoholism, nor Georgian England were happy pretty things.

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And it is a romance in the classic term, so fear not! Sep 03, P. The women run from pathetic to evil, and the men from wastrel to loser, but while the men manage to garner reader sympathy [at least mine] the women repel.

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Even our requisite elbow high fairy waif of a heroine. Of course, we're to blame it on the house [it's evil] but even this isn't well done.

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If you're an evil house fan, try Beaton's Mannerling s A Heyer-esque wanna be, WI is a misogynistic tour de force, with all of the gloom of Heyer's These Old Shades, and none of the grace. If you're an evil house fan, try Beaton's Mannerling series, as WI is hardly worth the effort to read. However Beaton is adept at describing landscape, clothing, food, houses, horses etc.

I wish that I had known that this book was the first in a series before I had bought it. Yes it is book one of "Regency Royal" - but this book ends very abruptly, almost in mid sentence, leaving lots of loose ends. The sequel is not book 2 of the Regency Royal series, and is not available at the moment on kindle. I would have given more stars because I did enjoy the book - right up to the las I wish that I had known that this book was the first in a series before I had bought it.

I would have given more stars because I did enjoy the book - right up to the last chapter when it all went downhill rapidly. What can I say? This book just left you hanging at the very end. The two main characters work out their problems and it seems like everything is falling into place and loose ends are about to be tied up , then BAM!!! I did some research and found out there is a sequel but it's not in the second book of this so called series plus no one names the book that ties up all the loose ends.

Someone even mentioned that that particular book was What can I say? Someone even mentioned that that particular book was no longer available. So what is a reader to do when left with a cliff hanger and no resolution? The story is about a young lady whose father looses the family fortune and estates at the gambling table to a hated cousin. She hatches a plan to get the most notorious man-about-town and noted gambler to help win her family's fortune back with herself as payment in return.

Typical story line for 18th century society romance books. It is the supporting characters in this book that make things interesting and provide the loose ends that need to be tied up. The story reels you in and gets you hooked then leaves you with a bunch of questions. Chesney aka M C Beaton played us well with this story. Unfortunately I didn't really like the heroine, which made this story rather hard to care about. But more importantly, the genre of the book changed rather randomly and left me feeling that the author changed the goal posts on me as to what the story was actually about.

This starts off as a romance; girl meets boy, they fall in love but are kept apart by misunderstandings, yadda yadda. But then, in the last third of the book, the relationship issues are abruptly resolved and the story shifts and Unfortunately I didn't really like the heroine, which made this story rather hard to care about. The ending was also very sudden and mid-story, which I dislike. Feb 26, Helen rated it really liked it. I listened to this book rather than read it. Oct 03, Patricia rated it liked it.

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What is going to happen? This one ends with a cliffhanger. Although usually, I read this author's mysteries I wanted to read more of the author's books. I am more of a mystery reader rather than a romance reader so perhaps my ideas are related to this but some of the happenings in the story seemed odd given the personality of the characters. No ending, it just stops mid story. What is up with this? It stops mid story with no resolution and a lot of relatively unhappy people.

Not at all like some of her other novels I have read. Lord Charles seems more than a little immature and lady Jane is bland. Aug 23, Maria Luisa rated it liked it. I liked the book but the end, as many other users say, is incomplete, in the middle of a sentence, so I wonder what happens to Lady Jane and Lord Charles afterwards. I have not been able to find the sequel to this novel, so I think we will have to imagine an ending to the story The ending is killing me.

I quite liked the revenge and gambling, the crazy cast of characters and all the powedered wigs and beauty marks.