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    Witty Banter and Games, but Too Short

    This book has a delightful beginning. The hero and heroine are in competition to get a grant for their worthy causes. The author did a good job portraying the hero’s chauvinism. The heroine wanted to win the grant for the higher education of women; the hero at first could not understand why women would need or want such a thing. After all, if they could run a household, raise children, and provide good dinner parties, of what use would more education be and how could it possibly help them fulfill the role of their sphere? The heroine does educate him somewhat, and he starts to come to some new conclusions on his own. It is hard to imagine being a woman of those times, straitjacketed into a narrow societal role, even if you wanted more. Watching their interactions at the beginning was a delight. Tessa, the heroine, is indeed a smart woman who is underestimated by the men around her, but she's not afraid to use her feminine wiles to get her what she wants. She is quite amusing. The hero is much more uptight, and he wants the money to help worthy young men who would not be able to afford a Harrow education to get one. I liked watching their relationship evolve. I quite enjoyed the banter and the games that went on between the hero and the heroine, especially at the start of the book, but I felt that this novella was too short to fully give much in the way of true conflict or show in-depth characterization. I also have an issue with the cover. This book is supposed to take place in Victorian England, and the cover dress looks more like it belongs at a froufrou high school prom (or is perhaps a really bad bridesmaid's dress). Victorian women would have never shown so much skin. All in all, though, I did find a story very enjoyable, and what I got to know of the characters, I liked. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.
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    Sweet, clever and witty

    Nancy Yaeger has brought us a couple in competition with each other. The story is engaging as they are attracted to each other but feel they shouldn't mingle because of the competition. Outside of the competition these two keep getting thrown together which is where Nancy shows her talent for dialog. This book is sweet in that we see the honor of a true gentleman and the respect this character has for Tessa. And Tessa is a woman who sticks to her guns. Enjoy this romp. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    Too Clever by Half -Recommend

    The first book in the Harrow's Finest Five Series a well written story that I was not putting down until I finished reading. Lady Tessa Harmsworth is a woman ahead of her time she loves to read physics, mechanics, mathematics, debate, philosophy,thermodynamics,and poetry. She wants to enter the Duke’s Trust competition and because being a woman she can not enter she does so under the name of Mr. Pettibone. But someone else Mr. James Alcott wants to win the contest and is determined to find out who his competitor is. Once the deception is found out they do not expect to fall in love,but the competition needs to be won as they both want the money for the betterment of others. What happens made for a very good story. I recommend this book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    Too Clever by Half

    Charming story! Two people, a man and a wowan competing for a prize and a surprize ending!
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    Too Clever by Half....

    I can't even imagine how frustrating it must have been for women in that era who were so clever and yet couldn't continue their education on a higher level. Lady Tessa Harmsworth is such a woman and to enter a competition, she even has to make up a story that she's just representing a gentleman. Mr. James Alcott has entered the same competition and the story revolves around he and Tessa, getting to know each other, learning each other's goals and even helping each other out. This really was a delightful story and I love how it all ended up. How wonderful that two competitors can actually cheer each other on! I received an ARC of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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