The "hero" Perry is peremptory to a fault, always assuming he knows best for the heroine no matter her own wishes or needs, or that he claims he thinks her intelligent. He seduces her to his house and takes her virginity like the worst sort of rake. Really, how many scholars do you know that would be good at jailbreaking? A shame this series had to end with this stirring tribute to the days of women as vapid chattel.
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The "hero" Perry is peremptory to a fault, always assuming he knows best for the heroine no matter her own wishes or needs, or that he claims he thinks her intelligent. He seduces her to his house and takes her virginity like the worst sort of rake. Really, how many scholars do you know that would be good at jailbreaking?
A shame this series had to end with this stirring tribute to the days of women as vapid chattel. I was very disappointed. I felt as if the author totally gave up on it by the end. It never felt resolved. It never felt like she got the justice for which she was looking. It reached a point where the author seemed to realize it would have to be longer than the others in order to finish the story so instead she decided to get it over with as quickly as she could. It was a major let down.
I gave it two stars to start with, but as I normally like this author and I was waiting for this third book. I gave it two stars to start with, but as I typed this, I realized that was still too good and knocked it down to one star.
Her descriptions flow and it feels you are right there with the main characters. However, great writing is not the only thing that makes a book great. The premise of the story is fascinating. Three brothers must find wives that are "fallen women" in order so the brothers can inherit a fortune from their uncle.
So our hero Peregrine is the last one so far to look for a bride, and he might just find her in our heroine Alexandra. Our I really like the writers writing it is solid and well written. Our heroine has been befallen by probably the most awful circumstances a rich woman could have befallen at that time period.
She has been disinherited by her father, due to his divorce with her mother. Now Alexandra and her sister Sylvia are left penniless in a cruel world that offers no other security for women at that time.
Therefore, they concoct a plan to get their money back from their cousin Stephen who now holds all their fortune. Alexandra converts herself into Miss Hathaway a hunchback ugly librarian so she can stay in her house and steal the funds necessary that were promised to her and her sister. A rightful cause, not many things a woman could do those days especially once she is left penniless by her own father.
Therefore, our basic stories are very fascinating the setting is interesting and overall the story is very solid and believable at least to me no matter how contrived it is. However, I had major problems with the book that is why I am giving the book three stars. First of all I felt, that there was not enough tension between the main characters it was dry.
There was not enough genuine tension or passion between them for me to really like the book and consider it romantic. In addition, it was silly for the author to make our heroine and hero so uninteresting and boring.
Our heroine although in the back on the book we are told she is smart and independent, does not at all act smart or independent. She acts childish all of her tries to be defiant from our hero completely fail and seem ridiculously contrived and silly.
So this supposedly educated woman has no sense at all it seems. Our hero on the other hand is not much smarter either he seems to have no interests, no life, or business his whole life revolves around endless parties. Moreover, as the case in this book he just seems to spend his time obsessing over our main heroine, who was not interesting at all in my opinion.
So he follows her and he tries to figure out the mystery of this Miss Hathaway so badly since he is so intrigued by her. Again, lack of chemistry and tension between the characters made it so unnerving it seemed neither of them were interested in each other at all. Overall, this book has an interesting premise and interesting backgrounds of the characters. It was written well and it is a good read for a brief beach read. Nevertheless, will you find ultimate "Notebook" type of romance and tension here?
No you will not. This is not an awful book by all means but it is not the greatest, and definitely worth the read. I did not like it however; I am not disappointed that I read it.
An Unsuitable Bride
He told me so himself. He cleared his throat. Quite different circumstances from our previous life at Combe Abbey. We were under no illusions, sir. The lawyer sighed.
In the year , the author wrote several contemporary romance novels using the pseudonym Claudia Bishop. She attended Oxford University where she graduated with a degree in applied social sciences. Jane Feather later shifted to New Jersey together with her husband and children to work as a psychiatric social worker. The author began her writing career in after she relocated to Washington D. C together with her family. Feather used pseudonym Claudia Bishop since her first publication in and ; she began writing novels under her real name. Feather has written different trilogy series as well as single and standalone novels.