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Love's Charade

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  242 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
The Earl of Linton had never been prone to sentiment. Only boredom could have led him to rescue Danny, a filthy street urchin, from the clutches of a drunken brawler. Once rescued, however, the spirited ragamuffin proved a handful even for the usually unflappable nobleman. Not only did a simple bath require force, but the squirming brat imprisoned in his arms turned out to ...more
Paperback, 478 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Zebra (first published 1986)
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Mar 26, 2012 Nyasha rated it really liked it
I liked this book. After reading the hunger games, i thought i'd dive into some old English-French romance. The story takes you back into the French Revolution. A time when the rich enjoyed the life of the privileged, and the poor where left to scramble. A time when the rich in France enjoyed the luxuriant lifestyles in the French court under the rule of Louis XVI and the infamous Queen Marie Antoinette. She who was famously quoted as saying, "if you don't have bread...then eat cake" Just showin ...more
Noël Cades
Dec 31, 2015 Noël Cades rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historic romance fans
Hugely enjoyable historic romance with a rich plot, exciting adventure and a sexy age-gap marriage.

Love's Charade by Jane Feather is a must-read for historic romance fans. As well as enjoying the love story, I learnt a lot about the French Revolution and enjoyed the detail of the setting.

Seventeen-year-old Danielle de St Varennes is rescued from the streets by 36-year-old Justin, Earl of Linton. There's rather a lot of extreme effort to preserve her honour and reputation (I did wonder about the
This is one of my most cherished and favourite old school romances which I re-read regularly about once every one to two years. The printing is so small I would say one page contains at least one and a half as many words as regular pbbooks do today. With over 450 pages the story would probably be splitted into three parts à la Shades of Gray, whereas during the good old age of bodice rippers, novels were allowed to be meaty, lengthy and fleshed out without the hero and heroine going at each othe ...more
Nov 17, 2011 Elle rated it liked it
Jane Feather has a real gift for putting historical detail in a pretty good story. This one is set in the years leading up to the Reign of Terror. The heroine is a young but feisty French girl. The hero is a much older, jaded nobleman spying for Pitt. Lots of good background tying in with a story that is fun to read.

I think this must be Feather's first novel. It has a lot of the elements. First books are the books that the authors work the longest and hardest on, usually the stories that they h
Oct 13, 2014 Adria rated it it was ok
I got this book free from the library and I'll read anything, so here I am. This was a DNF for me. I got more than 3/4 of the way through it and I just couldn't keep going. I was bored to tears. I love history but this book had the most boring delivery. The heroine is incredibly selfish and immature throughout the book and never seems to grow as a person. I admire her desire to help her countrymen and women, but she could have done it more intelligently while also respecting her family/responsib ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Annah rated it it was amazing
I love Jane Feather as an author. She does really well inserting history into a romance novel. My first thought about Love's Charade is that it seemed quite a bit longer than the usual historic romances and I was really glad it was split into three parts. It almost seemed like three different stories.

After getting into the first part I had a real problem with Justin. He seemed like way too much of a booty priss for me to like him. I was really irritated by his uppity manner and that he kept cal
I found this impossible to rate. There were moments when I loved it, but more moments when I wanted to throw it across the room. Most of all, I felt that it was trying to do too much. It's an exceptionally long book for a historical romance, and it felt like several books lumped together (it may even have originally been released as several books). The first part felt unmistakably like the first part of These Old Shades; the second, somewhat like The Convenient Marriage, and the third part conce ...more
Marnie Bishop
Over all this book was a good book. The main problem I had was the story just keep going on and on. It felt like i had read three books about this one couple and a bit like the author just didnt want to remove any "extra story" 3 stars
This started out cute, but it dragged on too long and was more about the French Revolution than about the relationship between the characters. I couldn't finish it.
Megan Winston
This book was all over the place. Certain events that I had hoped to see (a return to the main characters home or recovery of her things) where barely (if at all) touched on, and I wasn't interested in the sudden emergence of an evil nemesis after I had passed the halfway point in the book. He felt very much like an afterthought, not an original part of the story line at all. I was quite disappointed :(
Jul 21, 2012 Maura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
This was a well written book. I wish I was smarter about the French revolution because it would of been a 5 star book for me if I did! Still an excellent love story of the fisrt order. My favorite theme...heroine dressed as male to escape a situation only to be helped by hero. The discovery was fun and in general the book felt like an adventure. Excellent escapist entertainment.
Feb 20, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
I really don't know why I read this, evenmore, I don't know why I liked it. I hate that I liked it. I think it's because I'm denying somed part of myself that enjoys the all love no matter what stories. I want to think life can always be pure in the love you share with a soulmate. Who knows.
Jul 15, 2012 Shari rated it liked it
This book had a lot of french words/sayings in it which I found a little annoying since I don't know french. Would have been nice if the translations were included. Some of them I could figure out due to the context of what was going on, but not always.
The author really tried to do too much in this one. There were so many different plots and subplots that it began to get ridiculous after a while. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the level of writing and historical detail in this.
Mar 30, 2012 Tarra marked it as to-read
The paperback copy I have has a much better cover, beautiful girl in big ball gown. I would have never picked this book up with the butterfly cover in the goodreads image.
Jan 23, 2013 Milette rated it liked it
I bought this as a vacation backup book. But I did not read this on vacation. I like Jane Feather she is an easy read with a story that moves along.
Jan 25, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it
This was an oldie that I came across. It was a fun "bodice ripper" type book. But, it took me forever to get through.
Sep 09, 2013 Frances rated it liked it
Not that bad for a remake of Georgette Heyer's "These Old Shades," of course that was a 5 star book.
Jul 08, 2011 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
had some good parts, then it had some hard to get into parts. would i read again, probably not :O(
Just couldn't finish this one. The relationship seemed dated and patronizing.
DNF - lost interest & gave up when I got to the halfway point.
Sep 10, 2012 Pamela rated it liked it
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Jane Feather was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in New Forest, in the south of England. She began her highly successful career after she and her family moved to Washington D.C. in 1981. She now has over ten million books in print.

Has also written under pseudonym of Claudia Bishop (books written in 1984)
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