It was somehow hard to get into it in the beginning but I must confess I loved this story. It's been ages since I had such a great time reading a bookIt was somehow hard to get into it in the beginning but I must confess I loved this story. It's been ages since I had such a great time reading a book!...more
3 1/2 stars - I didn't like it as much as I thought, probably because of some attitudes of Merripen. I can't wait to read Leo's story, he has the most3 1/2 stars - I didn't like it as much as I thought, probably because of some attitudes of Merripen. I can't wait to read Leo's story, he has the most funny lines in the book....more
This is one of my worst reads this year. Cardbord characters, weak(and silly!) plot and frankly, the huge among of sex scenes don't help to give any dThis is one of my worst reads this year. Cardbord characters, weak(and silly!) plot and frankly, the huge among of sex scenes don't help to give any deep to both portrayed relationships. To think I was convinced to read this because of the cover... I learned my lesson. ...more
Lady Elizabeth Conway is an astronomer and the eldest of 8 daughters. Upon her father's death, it's a distant cousin who inherits the earldom, Tom ConLady Elizabeth Conway is an astronomer and the eldest of 8 daughters. Upon her father's death, it's a distant cousin who inherits the earldom, Tom Conway. But the new earl of Clanross doesn't seem very interested in his estates and takes a whole year to present himself to the family. When he finally arrives to the Abbey, he is not what it was expected…
Elizabeth is a very charming and strong-willed heroine. Her life is her telescope and her stars and, for once, this feels real and not just something to make the heroine look smarter or original. You can actually feel her passion and dedication to astronomy. She even refuses to marry if her profession is not accepted by her future husband. She's also independent and has a dry humor who easily makes you laugh out loud.
Tom Conway, the new earl of Clanross, prizes intelligence and education. He also cares for his family, even when he was never treated like such. A man who is not sure of himself and his appeal and yet, everyone seems under his charm. I'm not normally seduced by beta-heroes but I confess this one is absolutely marvellous.
There is no love at first sight, no initial and overwhelming attraction. When these two met the dislike is mutual. She finds him stiff and grayish. He completely disagrees with her decisions concerning her sisters education. They slowly become friends, respecting and admiring each other. We follow that relationship and it's obvious why they fall in love. We want them to be in love, there's no other way.
Sheila Simonson manages to create a very believable story and even Elizabeth's doubts and fears aren't silly or childish. We can only feel for her and expect for a happy ending. I can say without doubts this was one of my best reads of 2008. The author's intelligent writing and attractive characters makes this book a must read for any Trad Regency fan. If you can get a copy of Lady Elizabeth's Comet, don't let it go! ...more
Hannah Whittier, a young Quaker girl, is traveling to Charleston to be married. To her dismay, her ship is first attacked by the British, whose CaptaiHannah Whittier, a young Quaker girl, is traveling to Charleston to be married. To her dismay, her ship is first attacked by the British, whose Captain forces a young American boy to join his crew, and later by the French who kill almost all the passengers and destroy the vessel. The young woman manages to escape and is saved by the same British crew lead by Captain Sir Daniel Spark.
What went wrong for me in Miss Whittier Makes a List? The two main characters, Hannah and Daniel. I normally don't mind very young heroines but here it was almost a torture to follow this girl's adventures. She is naive beyond belief and sometimes plain silly. I couldn't relate to her in any possible way and if some of her attitudes were supposed to be funny or refreshing, that didn't work for me at all.
Unfortunately, the hero was not much better. When he first meets the heroine, he appears as a ruthless and quite arrogant man, but right after he seems like a complete different person and shows a huge amount of patience with Hannah who is constantly in everyone's way. Suddenly to make up for all her faux-pas, there she is making extraordinary coffee for the captain, or giving him her support in a difficult moment…
I never believed not for a second that these two had feelings for each other. First him, a man well on his 30's suddenly claiming he is deeply in love with a 17 year old girl who he barely knows. And when he declares his love, it's her who shows some sense, but not for long. I just couldn't picture them together, there was no spark, no attraction whatsoever. I even started to think he was marrying her for her coffee…
After suspending my disbelief for so long I finally gave up, making of Miss Whittier Makes a List my first DNF of the year. ...more
Josceline de Gael is the bastard son of William de Rocher, the Ironheart. His father’s wife and half-brothers never forgave him the circunstances of hJosceline de Gael is the bastard son of William de Rocher, the Ironheart. His father’s wife and half-brothers never forgave him the circunstances of his birth and he finally leaves home for several years. While returning to his father’s house, he meets the unpleasant and jealous Gilles Montsorrel and his wife Linnet. After the accidental death of Gilles, Joscelin is chosen to protect his wife and son. But even if Linnet and Gilles start slowly trusting each other and eventually marry, some hidden secrets could change their relationship forever…
I have to confess that my favorite character is Joscelin. He is truly a wonderful, honest and strong man. There’s some shades of gray here and there which makes him even more charismatic and the way he treats Linnet and her son is truly heartwarming.
Linnet is more difficult to like but her flaws only make her more human. A battered wife, used and abused at her husband’s hands, she doesn’t trust men. Her secret creates some difficult moments with Joscelin but it’s impossible to blame her for her past actions. I couldn’t help feeling frustrated by her situation as a rich widow and mother of an heir. Just free from a monster and immediately forced to marry, unable to choose her husband or even take any decision for her future.
Shields of Pride is one of the earliest works of Elizabeth Chadwick and even if not her best, it’s still a magnificent weaved story. I’ve read some of the author’s other books like Shadows and Strongholds, The Love Knot or The Champion and every one of them is a delight, even the Hunt trilogy (it’s what I call The Wild Hunt, The Running Vixen and The Leopard Unleashed) which is slightly different from her more recent works (they tend more towards the historical romance). For those who are really into this historical period, do not miss Elizabeth Chadwick’s books!