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    Weak Characterization; Told, Not Shown

    I have read a number of novels by Jude Knight as she writes about historical periods that are my preference, like Regency. Unfortunately, I find her books to be of variable quality for a number of reasons. This book is a relatively short and quick-paced novella, but unfortunately, I feel like there was too much story that needed to be told--such that it didn't fit within the novella-length structure. Both plot and characterization suffered because of this. The hero and the heroine meet in London but don't further the acquaintance. For one thing, they are both intending to go to the country and don’t expect to see each other again. She is also an heiress who does not want to be bartered to any man and certainly not her a spineless cousin, who is the son of the aunt she happens to live with, as her London aunt wants her to do. The hero himself is a wounded hero, and his hand and forearm are actually injured so that his muscles are withered and his hand contractured. He might wish to wed, but he doesn't want to see either pity or abhorrence in his future wife's gaze. They just happen to meet again in the country because his estate is near where her other aunt lives. I won't go on too much further about what happens with the plot in the story. It definitely seemed improbable, though that they would happen to just meet again in this small town. I do sometimes have a hard time suspending my belief in stories like this. The hero is a new earl, but he hides this from the people here, just acting as if he were the earl’s engineer and man of business. This, of course, leads him to find out far more than he would have if he had just entered the little sleepy village as the lord of the area. This book is a very short read, and this caused the author to take what I would consider to be shortcuts. The villain in this book was very black and white with few shadings of grey. I think a villain needs to have that to make the book more interesting. Even the hero and heroine themselves seemed like stock characters to a certain degree, not fully fleshed-out as a unique member of a very typical set of characters we see in historical romance fiction. The other shortcut that the author took is that she often told rather than showed what happened in the story. For instance, there was one pivotal dinner scene that we were only *told* about, not even given a shred of dialogue. We are just told simply told what happened as it unfolded. Boring! The author really should have fleshed out these scenes as well as the characters. There was enough here to make this into a proper novel. The book had potential, but it just wasn't realized in the execution. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.
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    characters have depth

    I loved this book. It’s a quick read so perfect for reading over a cuppa. The story is lovely, and the characters have depth to them with believable dialogue. A wonderful short story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    Superb

    An amazing historical novel that’s well worth the time to read.
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    Charming and Delightful Romance

    This is a delightful story that is sure to warm your heart. The story is about Lalamani and Philip, two very kind but proud people. Through the course of the story they learn to overcome pride and allow love to prevail. The storyline is engaging and well paced. The author did such an excellent job with descriptions that I could clearly picture everything in my mind which enabled me to enjoy the story to the fullest. This story touches the heart and makes one believe in true and lasting love. This is the first book by Jude Knight that I have read and I am definitely looking forward to reading many more. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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