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The Dreadful Debutante (Regency Royal #16)

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Arranging a season for an unruly miss who descended to drawing rooms by sliding down banisters was a challenge at best - especially since the hoydenish Mira had a sister of incomparable grace and beauty.

Mira wasn't daunted at all by the ton and its ridiculous marriage mart. Her he...more
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Published November 30th 1994 by Ivy Books
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Romance fiction - even Regency romance - is not normally my choice in reading material, nor any of my preference, but my library's summary of this story intrigued me, and as I had one space left for ebook loans I decided to try it. I'm glad I did.

With most of the romance fiction I've ever tried to read (I specify fiction as I quite like romantic fanfiction, already knowing who the characters are and many of their possible motivations), I've found the major, and especially minor, characters far t...more
For a time back in the 80’s & 90’s, my reading material of choice was frequently bodice rippers, historical fiction, and regency romances with a few contemporary best sellers thrown in for good measure. Most of them were pretty steamy (blush) &/or overly romantic, but I read them during a time in my life when I found myself as a single parent, and these books fit the bill. I found them to be highly entertaining.

I recently donated a slew of them, but I wanted to catalog them all the same...more
Mira Markham has always tried to be the son her father never had. She enjoys dressing like a boy, riding, fishing and hunting. Her childhood was spent in company with their neighbor, Lord Charles Devere who treated Mira as a best friend. Now Lord Charles is back from the wars and in town for the Season and Mrs. Markham has decided to bring Mira and her beautiful, ladylike sister Drusilla to London for a Season. Balls and parties and gowns aren't Mira's idea of fun but she doesn't mind as long as...more
At first I thought this was practically a cookie cutter image of another of Ms. Chesney's books that I recently read, but soon enough it took a turn and became a story of its own (though, of course, there are certain similarities between all "charming Recency romances"). And the author even seems to think that a romance can be based on - gasp - friendship! Some of the plot points got to be a little overdone, but the hero and heroine were thoroughly charming and I ultimately enjoyed it quite a lo...more
Mira Markham has always been a tomboy and dressed in boy’s clothes when she can get away with it. Suddenly she has to behave like a debutante when she and her beautiful sister Drusilla are taken to London by their parents for the season.

Mira hates the restrictions and she finds she is in love with her old friend Charles who is also in London. Unfortunately Charles has fallen for her sister and ignores Mira except when he is lecturing her about her conduct. Mira strikes up an unlikely friendship...more
This could hardly quality as Regency historical fiction, but was a fun fluff read. While it was obvious what would happen from the start of the story and the very modern viewpoint strained the credulity of the setting, this was a clean romance novel that did not resort to steam scenes of a sordid nature to keep the pages turning.
I don't think I've ever read a book that jumped around so much. You could be in 4 different characters' heads within just one page. It was jarring. ALL of the characters were very immature. The old school Regency cover is the best thing about the book.
A lark of a romance, set I think in the regency period. A young woman is coming of age and of course her families concern is that she do well on the "marriage market". But the beauty of her older sister surpasses hers, and besides the young lady in question really doesn't have much interest in acting lady like. She sneaks out of the house by wearing mens clothes to see a male acquaintance of her youth--but of course his reaction is not quite what she expected. While she is on her incognito adven...more
I loved Marion Chesney's books in middle and high school. And they are still like comfort reading to me--they are quick, amusing, and utterly predictable romances that are fun to read. This one, however, wasn't so great. I think her series are much better.
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The Dreadful Debutante

This was a fun, cute and charming story. I recommend highly it to anyone who wants a relaxing, enjoyable time.
Less nutritious than cotton candy, but suited my mood.
Karen Myer

What a nice change of pace, after some of the more explicit books that are in the romance genre these days I enjoyed this book for the simple romance that it was and would highly recommend it.
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Marion Chesney Gibbons
aka: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, M.C. Beaton, Sarah Chester.

Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly...more
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