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Having the Builders in (Dame Constance de Clair #1)

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Dame Constance de Clair has a remarkable talent for getting what she wants. And, at this precise moment, she wants to transform her overly square castle, Vine Regis, by adding an extension. But all is not going according to plan...

Quite apart from the fact that Constance's builders seem more intent on demolishing the existing castle than building the extension; her son's w
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Published June 28th 2007 by Headline Review (first published November 6th 2006)
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Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
Nov 23, 2009 Darkpool (protesting GR censorship) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with an interest in the medieval.
Another great book. hard to categorise - sort of a 14th century chick-lit, but without the shopping for handbags. But also a really nice study of castle life without being dull or lecturing.
Sunny
Feb 14, 2015 Sunny rated it liked it
Shelves: historic-fiction
I had rather hoped this would be an amusing tale of castle renovation in the Middle Ages. It is much more than that - a coming of age story, a murder mystery, a theft mystery, and a story of family dynamics. The renovation gets a bit lost in all of this. It's a side story and not the main event. Which is frustrating.

On the other hand, the awkward relationship between the current lady of the house -who is sharp as a tack and thoroughly in control - and her son's 15 year old fiancé, who is naive,
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Trisha
May 28, 2009 Trisha rated it liked it
I have been waiting for some months to read this book (and its companion - Having the Decorators In) and finally both books appeared on the library shelves.
The words on the front of the book say
"a delicious novel of medieval rivalry, chivalry and masonry".

The lead character is really Dame Constance de Claire, who wants to transfer her castle, Vine Regis by adding an extension.
That;s when her troubles start, with the builders.
Add to that her eldest son Gervase's wife-to-be Susanne, who arrives
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scarlettraces
Jan 24, 2016 scarlettraces rated it did not like it
I made it about halfway through. I was barely coping with the pedestrian prose and the lacklustre characters, and Dame Constance was increasingly reminding me of some of the less pleasant managers I've encountered, and then there was this weird insistence on Susanna's cleavage leading - obviously - to the desire of every male in the castle to have his brutish way with her. Yes, we are in Historical Times, but if this is supposed to be chick-lit, I don't see why we couldn't have a bit of feminist ...more
Duntay
Mar 17, 2010 Duntay rated it liked it
Not for sticklers for historical accuracy,great character development, or subtle plots but it does not take itself too seriously.

Though I have just noticed the same author has written a book about the history of cannibalism which might be a bit more interesting..
Marsha
Aug 19, 2011 Marsha rated it liked it
Cute chick-lit set in medieval times. A great summer read to just sit back and enjoy.
Donna Burtwistle-Popplewell
Vaguely enjoyable...great historical detail!
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Reay Tannahill was born on December 9, 1929 in Glasgow, Scotland, where she brought up. Her forename was the maiden name of her mother, Olive Reay. She was educated at Shawlands Academy, and obtained an MA in History and a postgraduate certificate in Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow. In 1958, she married Michael Edwardes but the marriage ended in divorce in 1983, he died in 1990. Until ...more
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