Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind (Avalon Romance)
When the dowager duchess of Marcross insists he accompany her niece, Ginny, into the country for the day to execute a special task, Sir Anthony is appalled, to say the least. Ginny, who thinks little of the fashionable Sir Anthony, is as eager to be done with the chore as he, but before they arrive at their destination they are stranded by highwaymen and launched into adve...more
I first stumbled on Heidi's blog last summer through reading some of the Segullah featured entries. Her writing was clever, but what caught my eye was that she was coming out with Miss Delacourt (her first book) this winter. Myself being a newbie to the...more
Miss Delacourt is a head-strong woman, who loathes that most people defer to impeccable manners instead of saying what they really feel. She would much rather tend her to grandaunt's rose garden than attend balls with other members of high society.
Sir Anthony Crenshaw (grandson to Ginny Delacourt's grandaunt) is told by his grandmother to escort Ginny from the city back home to tend to her rose garden....more
It was all the fault of his blasted grandmother’s roses. If the dowager Duchess of Marcross hadn’t insisted that Sir Anthony Crenshaw travel to her country estate to check up on her priceless roses, Anthony would still be comfortably ensconced in his London townhouse rather than rattling around rough country roads with the old termagant’s ward, Ginerva Delacourt. Of course, the journey is fraugh...more
Genre: Regency Romance
Length: 270 pages
The Rating: *** (Liked It)
The Pros: Regency Romance. Duh. Fab characters, really! The forthright heroine, Miss Delacourt, reminds me of some of Georgette Heyer’s quirky characters, which I always love. Lucinda (the anti-heroine? lol) is so superb. She just absolutely cracks me up. And the Squire and Mrs. Barrington are just perfect. The hunt the slipper/linen closet scene had me giggling to no end. The every-thing-always-goes-wrong pl...more
It wasn't too bad however, and I did manage to finish it.
If anything, I'd say not to be expecting too much romance or actual wit, but perhaps just a bit...more
Not too long after my introduction to the genre, I ran into the works of Jane Austen. "Hey," thought I, "these are just like regencies. Only not quite so funny." Still I happily devoured Austen's works and eve...more
Set in Regence England, it was a fun, romantic story. There was witty dialogue and unexpected plot turns. And I especially enjoyed the hero when he became more forthright.
The only hang-up I had was not quite understanding what motivated the change in how the hero and heroine felt about each other. It felt a little contrived to me, but the results were romantic, so I won't complain. :)
I'm happy to write a longer list of pros and cons (I fluctuated between 1 and 3 stars) if anyone is interested.
A big plus: I got to enjoy the "feel" of Austen without having to trudge through her more difficult writing!
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The sequel to Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind comes out via Avalon Books in February 2011.