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    Another great effort from Emily Larkin.

    In the end I really enjoyed this, but it was a slow start, and after the first couple of chapters I would have probably only given it three or four stars. The narrative seemed jerky, and things seemed to be happening without proper reasons. However about a quarter of the way in the story started to move more fluidly and characters, both the two main ones and the secondary ones, started to become more believable and more interesting, and by one third of the way through I was galloping along! I recommend this one for fans of the more emotionally intelligent historical who appreciates historical accuracy. Ms Larkin refers knowledgeably to the current affairs of the year the book is set in. The book's faults are in my opinion almost all caused by the heavy-handed pen of a copy editor whose job was to cut it down to fit a standard imprint - this book was originally published by Mills & Boon who have a pretty strict 292 or thereabouts page limit. To sum up - worth putting up with the chaos of the first hour or so of reading to get to something undoubtedly different and very entertaining. I hope one day in the future Ms Larkin will have the opportunity to revise it and replace some of the bits that I suspect she probably wrote in the first version before the editor got at it. It's got all the meat needed to be a novel about half as long again. I was given this copy gratis for review - but I will not be deleting it from my e-library, it is definitely going to be read again.
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    Good plot, moves fast

    This was a good book. Plot was interesting, and the characters strong, but sensible. I have enjoyed all of Ms Larkin's books. Her plots in her other books, especially The Unmasking of Miss Appleby (the first of her books which I read) are so very intriguing. I like her writing style: it is smooth, fast and there is really no unnecessary parts to her stories.
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