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The Riddle of the Shipwrecked Spinster

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  125 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Mrs. Regina Stansbury, a woman of high fashion and dwindling fortunes, has just trapped London's most courted bachelor into agreeing to marry her daughter Cordelia. Though young Miss Cordelia Stansbury has admired the handsome and dashing Gervaise Valerian for years, she is mortified by the circumstances of their engagement. Duty bound to obtain her father's consent for th ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 6th 2001 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2001)
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Jul 01, 2013 Sandy rated it did not like it
Period mystery/romance. Not familiar with the Jacobite (?) era, so in that regard, the hist-fiction was interesting. On the whole however, the mystery is exceedingly lame and the romance is, well, pretty lame as well. Perhaps its redeeming characteristic is that this 'Barbara Cartland' type romance is seen from the hero's point of view, not the heroine's. He's the 'always-do-gooder' against the villainous titled neighbor - who is of course, with his co-hort - responsible for every bad thing that ...more
Sep 16, 2015 Aya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Despite the title, the main character for the majority of the book is really Piers. Cordelia appears in the very beginning, but then drops out of sight and there is a timeskip. To add to the confusion is a large cast of characters and the dreaded POV switching disease. The author rehashes plot elements she's used before - mistaken identities, bad guys who are actually good (and vice versa), quirky characters, minor threads involving side characters romance, and of course the main romance story. ...more
This is almost a good book. It has the potential to be much better, but gets so bogged down in backstory that it loses momentum, over and over and over again. Do we really need the backstory on super minor characters that are only involved in the story for a paragraph? No. And is it really necessary that each of these side characters have convoluted and involved backstories? Again, no. I do like that this is told from the hero's PoV, but it just falls flat too often to be enjoyable - and when yo ...more
Jun 08, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
I really enjoy books by Patricia Veryan. I would highly recommend reading her Golden Chronicles and Tales of the Jewlled Men series before reading this book. This book can stand alone but it does refer to things from the other books. This story is a spin off of characters from her other books.
Lena Goldfinch
Feb 21, 2011 Lena Goldfinch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency-romance
This story was more mystery than romance and belonged almost entirely to the hero, Piers, who deserves every happiness, though it is in doubt until the very end. Despite this not being usual romance fare, I loved this tale and the intrepid Piers.

(Georgian rather than Regency, but comfortably sharing shelf space with my Regencies due to author and tone.)
Feb 28, 2008 Claire rated it it was amazing
Patricia Veryan weaves clean historical romance and intrigue in her famous series. Wonderful light reads.
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Aug 11, 2016 Christine Cheripka rated it liked it
I had a somewhat difficult time following the etiquette of that time in history.....I'm sure it was a proper time and someday people will look back on 2016 and say what a difficult time this is...
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Jan 09, 2015 Jessica Song rated it liked it
I'm going to miss Tio, Piers, Florian, and Perry, all of these characters and their friendships; the Crafords and Tio made some of her best books!
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Patricia Veryan was born in London and moved to the United States after the Second World War; she now lives on the West Coast and is the author of many historical novels.
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