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The Painted Lady

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  106 ratings  ·  10 reviews
When one of the Duke of Caswell’s painted portraits started talking to him, he knew he’d best find treatment for his problem. Sir Osgood Bannister offered such a program—and expected his niece, Lilyanne, to carry out the bland regimen. Lilyanne was not at all the sort of woman the duke would ordinarily meet—and her innocence intrigued him. But that wouldn’t do in his world ...more
Published July 3rd 2012 by Belgrave House (first published July 1st 2001)
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I read this when I want a light, humorous escape from reality. I love it. :o)
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Deborah Darsie
An almost generic regency, the best part was Kasey (the Duke) and his battle with society - a duke just does not paint in Society!

When Kasey believes he is having a conversation with the subject of his most recent painting, he travels to a remote supervised home where people who are dealing with overwhelming Turbulence go to be treated by a quack...and he falls in love with the quack's niece, Lillyanne.

She was the wise woman of the house and had a very sensible, healing approach to life...which
Beneath Miss Lilyanne Bannister's starched facade was a wildcat who dreamed of wearing pink satin, dancing till dawn, and riding cross-country astride. But even Lilyanne wasn't daring enough to get involved with Kennard Cartland, the Duke of Caswell. As dashing as the devil, he'd have been a perfect match if not for the rumors that he was a collector of broken hearts. An isolated portraitist who preferred a woman in oils to one of flesh and blood, he was also said to be completely daft. But the ...more
I enjoy creative writing as much as the next guy, but this adventure's so abundant with alliteration it's absurd.
an engaging and different twist on a regency romance - the perfect Duke has a secret vice; painting. His talent is prodigious, and his entire life is a cover up for his guilty pleasure. When his paintings take on a life of their own, he retires to a "mental" doctor in the country, where his own personal Nurse Ratched becomes his muse. I reallly like this tale, it was well written, the characters were fun and the author has a sly sense of humor
I'm not sure what the author was shooting for in this book but it didn't work. A duke who is a closet painter, a painting that speaks (literally) to him, murders, theft... it's all just a muddle, and a boring one at that.
Not your normal regency romance, since it has an element of supernatural, but I enjoyed the story.
Jan 05, 2010 Cortney marked it as ebooks-to-read-i-own  ·  review of another edition
started reading but I can't get into it. Postponed until a later date.
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Barbara Metzger is the author of over three dozen books and a dozen novellas. She has also been an editor, a proof-reader, a greeting card verse-writer, and an artist. When not painting, writing romances or reading them, she volunteers at the local library, gardens and goes beach-combing and yard-saling.

Her novels, mostly set in Regency-era England, have won numerous awards, including the Romance
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