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Indiscretion

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  897 ratings  ·  153 reviews
When her father finally admits that they have no money left, Caroline is obliged to find employment herself. So she sets about making enquiries for a governess's position - one of the few acceptable paid occupations open to women at this time. However, before she finds a vacancy, her father comes up with an alternative.
Paperback, 439 pages
Published January 2nd 2006 by Headline Book Publishing (first published 2005)
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Anne
Books like this are the reason I read and love Regency romance. They enable me to really escape to a different time and place, and to lose myself completely in the story. Indiscretion is so well-written and well crafted together, that it is more than just a good Regency novel; it's a masterpiece. This is the kind of book that will become a classic, forever analyzed and admired by readers. Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer would be proud of the wonderful characters, exclaim at the witty repartee an ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jul 26, 2009 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon (Giraffe Days) by: Mary
Debt-ridden and homeless, Captain Fortune and his daughter Caroline are at the end of their rope. Desperate, he finds for her a position as a companion to a garrulous, sharp-tongued rich widow called Mrs Catling, who takes up her residence in Brighton.

Caroline, beautiful, intelligent, well-mannered, had been prepared to hire herself out as a governess or worse - being a lady's companion seems like the better choice, though she doesn't deceive herself that life with the scathing woman will be eas
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Mary
I love this book out of all proportion and re-read it often... what's wrong with me?
Nicole
Aug 24, 2007 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen lovers
Shelves: 19thcentury
Finally, a modern writer who understands the essence of historical novels and knows how to capture that. It's almost a pity he hasn't tried to take on the infamous Jane Austen sequel, because I think he could actually pull it off. Gone are the high speed carriage chases and near-death escapes that authors think are period if they only dress them in empire-waisted gowns and cravats and use archaic and even pretentious language in the commentary. Morgan's action takes place in the parlors and ball ...more
Margaret
I find it interesting that I can clearly see all the borrowings from Austen, and yet I still really liked this (which was rather like P&P mixed with S&S) and An Accomplished Woman (like Emma with a dash of Persuasion). (I wonder what the next one will be like: Northanger Abbey plus Mansfield Park? Rather a difficult combination, I should think.) The language is generally fairly well-done, though occasionally the characters act in a slightly too modern way. I enjoyed Indiscretion nearly a ...more
Sophie
What a charming book. Jude Morgan is the only author I know still writing authentic Regency romance. It is a delight to immerse myself in one of his stories because I know it will be a true historical. His characters behave as if they belong to the nineteenth century, and not as twentieth century men and women wearing muslin and cravats. Even when he does let an anachronism slip through, it is with a wink and a nod, and it works. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys Regency romances rather t ...more
Jaima
A delight! Wonderful, robust characters, a plot that kept me guessing and heart-tugging romance. Full of hilarity, wit and charm, in the best tradition of Austen and Heyer. Jude Morgan, why haven't I found you sooner?
Wealhtheow
Caroline Fortune is a woman of good sense and good humor, both of which she's needed in order to survive. Her father lost what little wealth he had years ago, and now the debt collectors have grown quite severe. Although Caro has better experience with gambling hells than genteel parlors, her father nevertheless manages to secure her a place with a cantankerous old lady. Despite years of experience fending for herself, Caro is still young, and she finds that shifting into the quieter mode of Soc ...more
Dolors
What an enchanting reading!
This is a good choice for those who love Victorian novels, and even more because of its easy prose and its witty dialogues which keep you turning pare after page and with a smile playing on your lips at the end of each chapter.
The heroine, Miss Fortune (yes, that subtle irony...), coming from a doubtful background, is a smart and strong-minded but flirtatious girl who has to make her own way in Society leaving some of her acquaintances with their mouths open with her s
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Ilze
Wonderful book! Right up there with the best of Georgette Heyer (and the author owes a huge debt to Jane Austen).

Caroline Fortune is, as her besotted suitor tells her at the end of the book, "the dearest, warmest, most generous and good-natured, amusing, entrancing and bewitchingly beautiful woman in creation." Her father has squandered all the family's money, so Caroline has to make her way in the world on her own, first as the companion to a bad-tempered, selfish old b**tch, who won't even giv
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bookczuk
Oh my! Who'd have thought that the first really successful modern-day attempt at a regency novel would be written by a guy? Austen and Heyer would applaud.

The plot is not that surprising though is fun to follow along. The characters are well-drawn: There's the proper balance of fluttering, eccentricity, and drollness. But the dialogue, oh the dialogue -- utterly delicious. I wish my mother was still around so that I could share this with her. She'd have loved it.

One funny aside -- I was given t
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Qnpoohbear
Miss Caroline Fortune has the unlucky happenstance to have such a name and such fortune. Her long-deceased mother was cut off from her country gentry family when she married a young Army Captain and was not cut out for such a rough life. Caroline's father was wounded in the Peninsular Wars and now dreams and schemes about reversing his misfortune. Alas for poor Caroline, her father has just lost his last shillings and she is forced to go to work as a companion for Mrs. Catling, a wealthy dragon ...more
Mo
4 1/2 stars

“but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short” – Jane Austen

While reading a Regency novel, it is the language that tends to draw me in. It needs to be authentic... and this book is spot on. I could have gone on lapping this up for another 1000 pages. The heroine is just the kind of character that I most enjoy. She has a sportive kind of playfulness that stops just short of being snarky. Wonderful!

I highly recommend ‘Indiscretion’ to all of those Georgett
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Lady Salford
Absolutely wonderful. I was at first skeptical given the fact that the author is actually a guy. I didn't think he'd be able to capture the essence of romance like most female authors I read, namely Georgette Heyer.

However, I was pleasantly surprised by how fantastically written this story was. A lot of witty dialogue that actually made me laugh. It is lighthearted romance at it's best.

Stephen and Caroline were well rounded characters. I especially like Stephen's personality. What a droll fell
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Hirondelle
4.5 stars actually!

This is very good, Regency pastiche but *good* one. The dialogue is indeed so witty, characters can pull some believable personality surprises and in all so very enjoyable.
Susie
I know that everyone doesn't worship at church of "Austen" like I do, and I don't really expect people to understand my Austen compulsions except other geeky English majors like myself. Over the years, I've read plenty of authors who have tried to imitate Austen and even cash in "Pride and Prejudice" sequel action. I've read plenty, and been disappointed too many times to count. To mind, the only author who has really succeeded in recreating a companion to Pride and Prejudice was Pamela Aidan.

J
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Parul
Feb 03, 2012 Parul rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Parul by: Lady Salford
Shelves: historical
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Jamie
Such a pleasure to find an old-fashioned Regency romance novel that is so well written! I enjoyed this very much, and I’ve already ordered more books from this author.

While the writing is exceptional, the plot is typical for the genre. The pacing reminds me of Austen but the story is closer to something from Georgette Heyer, albeit with more gravitas and less exuberance. The characters are believable, the dialog is clever, the romance builds slowly, and above all, the prose style is rich and eng
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Christy B
A perfectly delightful regency romp in the styles of Austen and Heyer. With characters that jumped right off the page and some of the wittiness dialogue I've read in a long time.

I was very surprised to find out this was written by a man, but that was soon forgotten because you'd never be able to tell as soon as you got into the story that this wasn't written by a woman.

The characters were completely three dimensional. You can make out even the smallest of characters. The character of Stephen Mil
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MAP
Really charming light read in the style of Jane Austen or (I think, more appropriately) Georgette Heyer. Caroline is a young woman who, though her lifestyle hasn't been one of gentility, has always tried to conduct herself with sense and deportment. Except that she keeps getting thrust into situations where nobody has any desire to act with sense or deportment. And then they keep wanting to drag her down with them. Four stars instead of five because it does end, in true Georgette Heyer fashion ( ...more
Janet
Oh lordy, I love this book. Love the bits where he morphs into Angela Carter, the fabulous characters, and the sustained, restrained erotic charge between h/h. Perfect. Wish I'd written it.
Ron Charles
Halfway through Jude Morgan's Indiscretion comes a litmus test for your sensitivity to Jane Austenism: A young woman in an exquisitely appointed manor in the English countryside complains, "There is nothing very grand, or exciting, or even terrible, to be met with in a district like this: it is all just narrow provincial dullness."

If that line inspires an ironic little grin, you have the good sense and sensibility to keep reading. But if, instead, you think, "She's absolutely right," you will al
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CLM
I enjoyed this as much as any Jane Austen.
Alyssa
If you are looking for a regency romance with emphasis on the romance part (complete with heaving bosoms and throbbing parts), then this book will disappoint you. If you are after a well written (Austen style) historical fiction with romance as a subplot, complex characters and witty dialogue, then this book will delight you.

Our heroine, Caroline Fortune, a daughter of a penniless rake, is forced to seek employment as a companion to a Mrs Catling, a rich, contentious widow after her father is u
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Tasula
Pleasant historical romance (Regency era England), with a heroine left destitute by her beloved fool of a papa, embarking on a career as a companion to an overly demanding widow. The end was as expected for her, but a bit unexpected for some of the other characters.
Pgchuis
A Regency romance featuring Caroline, who is forced by poverty to go and work as companion to the domineering Mrs Catling. She is turned off when she insists on time off to go to her father's funeral and is rescued by her previously estranged uncle and aunt. There is a lot more plot - in fact far too much plot. People get propositioned, people run off together a la Lydia Bennet, people get jilted, people cut each other out of inheritances, people suffer unrequited love etc etc. I have to admit t ...more
Dorry Lou

This is an English novel written as well as Jane Austens' books. It is about Caroline the daughter of Captain Fortune who had such expensive tastes that he became ruined. Caroline became the paid companion of a rich & fierce Mrs. Catling. It was not an easy position and eventually Caroline left when she received word that her father had passed away. She is taken in by a relative that she did not know about and a new life opens up for her. She does find herself implicated in others indiscreti
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Kavita
The novel started off very slowly and I was even thinking about throwing it away, but once Caroline gets a position, things begin to pick up. But it is only after she moves in with her aunt and uncle does the book become really interesting. After this point, it consistently sustains interest.

The story follows an established pattern (why does every sister elope in Georgian romances?!) but it is still enjoyable to read. I have been trying to find a Georgette Heyer replacement but while this book i
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Rella  (Cleanreadsplease)
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Ok so this review will be a bit different. I tried to make a note of my thoughts throughout the book. Here goes!

Chapters 1 and 2:
I really like Caroline so far, I've gotten used to the tone and language. The scene has been set, looking forward to what comes next. Can't bring myself to dislike the dad but i'm happy she'll be free of him.

Chapters 3 and 4:
So is this the love interest? Really, his sister is called Georgiana? *sigh* I will forgive that Aus
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Nancy
Colour me surprised.

I picked up this book to fill in some time and find myself reading a more tolerable Regency novel than has been written since Georgette Heyer. (Clare Darcy a tolerable, though not entirely satisfactory substitute, barring "Caroline & Julia" which was positively dreadful and, I suspect, to be an early manuscript that was published later due to her popularity and not for the literary value of said tome. Although I would still be reading her books if she had continued to wr
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Jude Morgan was born and brought up in Peterborough on the edge of the Fens and was a student on the University of East Anglia MA Course in Creative Writing under Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter.

A pseudonym used by Tim Wilson.

Also writes under the name Hannah March.
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