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Lord Stanhope's Proposal

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  158 ratings  ·  14 reviews
At twentyfour, wild, freespirited Calista Ashton would rather race horses than flirt with gentlemen, but when two men show up to court her, the inexperience dame's head is spinning from all the attention. Original.
Paperback, 254 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Zebra (first published 2000)
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Jacqueline
Mar 14, 2010 Jacqueline rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one; bad writing, bad story, bad characters
Recommended to Jacqueline by: Impulse buy
Pages Survived: 104

Crappy book. Really crappy book, actually.

I gave this book more than a fair shot, but I found it be a painful read, even at just 104 pages. The writing was very distracting, with the author seemingly to go over board in trying to utilize the correct vernacular of Victorian England. I am not at all adverse to attention to detail, and am by no means a fan of Wallpaper historical romances. However, one extreme is just as bad as another, which was the case with this book. I found
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Kathy
This had a bit of a slow start; you could probably skip the first 3-4 chapters and not miss much. Once Stanhope arrived in the country the story started to pick up. Even though I don’t normally care for rakes, Stanhope won me over. I’m not sure why, but him falling for Calista was actually believable. I thought Calista was a likable character and her interactions with Stanhope were a lot of fun. There are some fun misunderstandings along the way, but somehow everything gets straightened out so t ...more
Spazfungus
cute and rather funny. lots of misunderstandings and the hero, while trying to unknot the mess his cousin created, just kept getting buried deeper and deeper

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Dharanitha Karnam
I liked the characters a lot. Calista is an independent and level headed young woman who often sports witty jokes. The fact that she reads books on women's equality is frowned upon by many in her little town. Yet, the villagers hold her in great respect because she does a lot of charity work. Her character is very likeable because she is a feisty do-gooder who is stuck living with her terrible brother and his wife. I wasn't expecting to like Stanhope very much because of his reputation as a rake ...more
Dharanitha Karnam
I liked the characters a lot. Calista is an independent and level headed young woman who often sports witty jokes. The fact that she reads books on women's equality is frowned upon by many in her little town. Yet, the villagers hold her in great respect because she does a lot of charity work. Her character is very likeable because she is a feisty do-gooder who is stuck living with her terrible brother and his wife. I wasn't expecting to like Stanhope very much because of his reputation as a rak ...more
Sue
I enjoyed it. Poor, poor Calista. Could things not just run smoothly for the poor girl? So many twists and turns in this little novel. I thought this book had some very funny dialog and the little breaks so that we could switch between characters thoughts was perfect. Lord Stanhope for a rake truly is very gentlemanly. 3 men are vying for Calista's attentions at least. Will the beautiful Sofie end up with a very eligible man? I started getting the people a bit confused since there were so many L ...more
Lady Salford
It started out so well. I felt elated. I thought, maybe I found another Elizabeth Mansfield. I was sadly mistaken. The characters are enjoyable. I particularly liked the Foppish Trio: Ossie, Nev, and Squibby. The basic plot might have been better with a few improvements.

All the ingredients for a delightful read were there. Sadly, like all other regency romances written these days, it degenerated into the usual racy scenes. WHY. The dialogue was passably clever. There was some slight witty remark
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Annii
Egh. I am singularly unimpressed with this book. The characters are flat, the reader feels very little emotional connection to them, and the story's dead dull. I found myself confusing almost all the characters and couldn't tell what was going on half the time. The love story feels forced, and there's about as much heat between Tristan and Callista as you'd find on a January day in Alaska. I wanted to like this book, I really did. The prologue was witty and fun, and it got my hopes up. Too bad t ...more
Barb Chansky
I re-discovered this book while rummaging in my numerous boxes, trying to find something to read on Friday night; man, if I enjoyed it before, I loved it now! It's just soooo light, funny and enjoyable, like an operetta.
Anna
Another book I learned about from my Book A Day calendar. It was enjoyable. A bit confusing at the beginning, as the author introduces many characters very quickly. But I stuck with it--the situation was complicated, a farce really, and the dialogue among the characters was snappy. Calista was a feisty heroine who seemed to have no marriage prospects and ends up with 3 proposals.
Chanpreet
This book was a re-read, even though I'd be hard pressed to tell you when I read it for the first time. The book is still really funny, and more of a comedy of errors than a historical romance novel. I'm hoping to get my hands on more of Ms.Benson's books, which I've also read before and visit them 10-11 years down the road.
Elise
Good read for the regency period, although it perhaps had too much info on the aspect of keeping mistresses, but it was funny in how it showed how that can certainly cause problems! Beware, may have to skip some pages for content, but not very much of it. The book got my mind thinking about being a heroine myself. Kinda fun.
ChloeLeeNH
Probably 3 1/2 stars.... I wanted to like this more than I did... some of it was cute... but I felt like at times there were too many characters and too many confusioned situations...
Kat
Complete and utter fluff. I enjoy it, occasionally, b/c it's fun drivel. It's not very good though. I don't know why I like it, exactly, but it's fun.
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