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Indiscretion

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,322 Ratings  ·  198 Reviews
A deliciously entertaining novel of Austenesque love and misunderstanding, from the master of Regency fiction.

When Caroline Fortune's prodigal father loses all they possess, he arranges for his daughter to become the companion of the formidable (but extremely wealthy and childless) Mrs Catling. Although uncomfortable with the plan Caroline resolves to make the most of this
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 2nd 2006 by Headline Review (first published 2005)
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Anne
Aug 29, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Regency romance, especially if you love Jane Austen
Recommended to Anne by: Jaima
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)
Aug 01, 2008 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it really liked it  ·  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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Hana
This was about a one and a half star for me. Several of my dear Goodreads friends loved this book and I understand why.

The basic story concept is the beloved stuff of classic Regency romance--a young woman, raised by a well-born but dissolute, gambling father, is forced by his bankruptcy to seek employment with a nasty but wealthy old woman who gets her jollies by manipulating and abusing her staff and relatives. It's a popular (even hackneyed) story-line because it highlights class and economic
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Dolors
Mar 19, 2013 Dolors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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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Mela
Yes, it was even better than An Accomplished Woman. Masterpiece of the genre!

You have here all!

There are brilliant characters, with different personalities and they aren't simple bad or good. They are human! It makes you like them more. You have here a cross-section of society. And it is so good described that I can't even dislike (view spoiler) They are so human!

You have a few plot twists which were a big surprise for me. It isn't one of these b
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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
Nicole
Aug 23, 2007 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jaima
Jan 14, 2014 Jaima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Sophie
Aug 18, 2013 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books
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
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
Ilze
Aug 16, 2014 Ilze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕
2.5 stars

When I want Austen or Heyer I should read Austen or Heyer. If I want to read a book set roughly in the era I should choose Thackeray's Vanity Fair or the Flashman books where the author has their own voice.

As far as plotting & structure goes this book gets off to a very slow start & I think it could have been a more interesting novel if there had been more of Caroline's life with her father. The book didn't really get moving till the end & then Morgan introduced that tired o
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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
Amy
Oct 31, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Heather
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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MAP
Oct 27, 2010 MAP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mo
Dec 03, 2012 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 02, 2009 Lady Salford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 24, 2010 Hirondelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kitaabi
Jul 25, 2009 Kitaabi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kitaabi by: Lady Salford
Shelves: historical
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Susie
Nov 22, 2011 Susie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Jamie Collins
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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Lori
Without a doubt, one of the best books I have read this year!!! Caroline Fortune has pure spunk!!! And Stephen Milner's sarcasm is superbly entertaining!! A delicious regency romance!! I predict any lover of regency romance novels will enjoy this delightful story!

Indiscretion is like a piece of chocolate cake with mounds of frosting piled on!! My advice is, tuck in and enjoy every bite!!! This book gets five stars from me!
Janet
Oct 13, 2008 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kelly
Jul 11, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book in the entire world and I feel too many things about it to be anything but incoherent so, just. It's the best book.
Allison
Jan 15, 2016 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1) I'm not sure why I hadn't read this before. 2) I'm not sure why this isn't a classic of the genre. IS IT AND I JUST MISSED IT??? I'M JUST?

SUCH CHARM. SUCH WIT. *clutches Caro to bosom*
CLM
Jul 29, 2007 CLM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this as much as any Jane Austen.
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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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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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
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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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