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Miss Carlyle's Curricle

3.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  39 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A headstrong young beauty is caught between a rock and a lonely place, when she must marry a man she does not love in order to collect an inheritance. At first, she cannot imagine marrying the new Lord Brisbane, no matter how witty and charming he seems. But as the wedding grows closer, she finds herself irresistibly drawn towards her husband-to-be. But will an underhanded ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Signet (first published 1999)
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Aug 27, 2012 Rane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This was a nice cozy regency that was just that cozy. Nothing to deep in either the relationship between the leads and the mystery that surrounds the death of the of our heroine's Diana Carlyle's uncle.

Both characters ended up being likable, Garvin more so on my part as he was very understanding and watchful to those around him. Diana was to narrow minded and later a little to rash in getting down to the bottom of the death of her Uncle. The characters do tend to go headlong into some stunt t
This a pleasant enough read, but rather dull. Why? Because there’s no suspense. Usually, in a romance, the suspense is going to be about when the conflict between the protagonists will be resolved, when and how they will overcome the obstacle keeping them apart, when they’ll realize they’re in love, etc. Or, there’s some kind of a mystery/spy plot to add suspense. You know the mystery will be solved, you know the villains will be identified and probably punished, you know the protagonists will s ...more
Jul 27, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
A sweet romance, but not particularly deep in the relationship development department.

Our heroine Joyce and her mother have been living with Joyce's Uncle until he is killed in a curricle race accident. His will provides that Joyce will inherit only a small some of money unless she marries the next lord of the manor, who succeeds the uncle. Turns out to be a long lost cousin, Gavin Sinclair, whom Joyce had just met.

One of those books where it felt like there was more backstory than action. I l
Jan 10, 2014 Christopher rated it it was ok
Shelves: sensual-content
Wish I had looked at the reviews before reading this. Kind of a stupid storyline, in my opinion. It has a taming of the shrew feel to it, with the heroine being stupidly rebellious and the hero often being stupidly controlling. But the reader is also told the hero is sensitive and caring, which doesn't mesh with his actions at all. The hero falls in love with the heroine the second he sees her, and much of the story revolves around him trying to tease out her love. An elaborate mystery/murder st ...more
Jul 12, 2012 Jody rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
After her uncle dies, Miss Carlyle tries to deal with all the changes. One change she did not expect comes with the reading of his will. He leaves her is curricle and a small amount to live on and under the condition that she marry the next Earl she will get a fortune. Well things get a little complicated once the circumstances of her uncles death are made clear to Diane. Which takes an act of congress, since Gavin does not like to share any information with her. She takes matters into her own h ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Olivia rated it did not like it
Shelves: nook
The writing seems to be too modern and not very Regency. And there's just not a lot of chemistry between the hero and heroine. I will admit I am only half way done with the book, but I bet I know the villain and why. Sigh. . . . just not interesting.
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A charming marriage of convenience story!
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