I received this gem of a book from First Reads at Goodreads as an ARC. I just finished it last night and I loved it!!!
Truly, Madly was a fast enjoyablI received this gem of a book from First Reads at Goodreads as an ARC. I just finished it last night and I loved it!!!
Truly, Madly was a fast enjoyable read with just enough mystery, romance and a bit of paranormal thrown in to keep my interest. I thought at first that this was a chick-lit type of story and I do not read many of those because I find that they do not hold my interest as I am not a thirty something woman no longer. But I thought what the heck and signed up for an advanced copy. I won and I am glad I did because I really enjoyed it. Lucy Valentine, the daughter of a professional matchmaker, at the age of 14 lost her ability to see auras, thus making it impossible for her to eventually be able to work in the family business of being a matchmaker. What she does have though is the ability to find "lost" items. This ability she has been able to keep to herself except for her family and close friends and she wants to keep it that way until circumstances keep this from happening. When a little boy goes missing she decides that she needs to help find him. When her father is involved in a scandal, he and Lucy's mother who aren't an item but are still good friends, decide they need to get away from all the gossip of her father's (Oscar) little indescretion. Lucy reluctantly agrees to step in and manage the company while they are gone. She gets involved in the cases and one of the clients comes to her asking if she would be able to find his lost love. When he introduces himself by shaking hands, Lucy sees a terrible vision, of something that has happened in the clients life and makes her wonder if he is perhaps responsible for what Lucy saw in her vision. So while in the process of trying her skills as a matchmaker and helping her client, Michael, and trying to find a little boy she gets involved in a murder mystery with the help of Sean Donahue, her upstairs neighbor at her office whom she also has had a vision about, they start investigating. As they become more involved in investigating they become more attracted to each other. To say too much more would ruin the story for you, the reader. The other characters in the story, Dovie, Lucy's grandmother and Lucy's friends Em and Marisol and Raphael round out the story nicely. There is humor, mystery, and romance enough to keep the story flowing smoothly to the suspenseful conclusion. I sometimes like to read a story that is light reading and one where you do not have to do a lot of thinking, just enjoy the story and I definitely did.. I will eagerly await for the next book called Deeply, Desperately which will be coming soon by St.Martin's Press. As I stated before, I received this book as an ARC from Goodreads and I highly recommend it. ...more
I was a little skeptical when I signed up for the contest to win Lady Vernon and Her Daughter as I had not read any of Jane Austen's original works. SI was a little skeptical when I signed up for the contest to win Lady Vernon and Her Daughter as I had not read any of Jane Austen's original works. Sure I know the stories from watching all the BBC and Masterpiece shows. And believe me, I have watched them all, at least 3 different Pride and Prejudice. I am not sure why I have never read any of Austens works. I think that it just looked to hard to read. So with all that in my head. I was delighted and a bit apprehensive to win Lady Vernon and Her Daughter, thanks to Lucy at http://www.enchantedbyjosephine.blogs.... thanks again Lucy!!!
So, what did I think of the book?? I loved it!! I just had to giggle in spots. The story is based on letters that Jane Austen had written that were basically abandoned until the authors tell the story now in this novel. These letters tell the story of Lady Vernon and her daughter Frederica and the troubles they end up with after Sir Frederick Vernon dies after an accident. Frederick's brother Charles manages to inherit the estate of his brother and conveniently forgetting his promise to take care of Lady Susan and his niece.
Lady Susan sends Frederica to school where she ends up being asked to leave after she trys to stop a friend from eloping. After that mother and daughter are left to rely on the charity of others for a place to live and to find a way to obtain a good dowry for Frederica so she can make a good "match" because it is all about the money and status. Lady Susan's sister in law, Catherine, is a mean spiteful woman who does not like Lady Susan. Lady Susan had let it be known that she didn't necessarily approve of Catherine's marriage to Charles and Catherine has not forgotten that. So while Catherine lives in the house that should be Lady Vernon's and spends her days trying to make everyone miserable, while Charles also enjoys his new found wealth and perfectly oblivious to anything that is happening in his household and after awhile stays in London to gamble and do whatever else it that 'gentlemen" in this era do.
The other characters in the story include Sir James, a cousin, whom the gossips think is wanting to marry Frederica. Then there is Catherines brother Reginald who is another suitor for either Lady Vernon or Frederica. There is also Catherine and Reginald's parents, Lady and Sir Reginald De Courcy, an aunt of Lady Susan's, Lady Martin.
Most of the characters in the story have no idea that Charles was not taking care of Lady Vernon and her daughter so there is a lot of speculation as to who is wooing who and what Lady Vernon's motives are.
It seems to me that all the characters in this story have nothing better to do in their lives but speculate and gossip about who is going to inherit what and how much and if they are a good match for marriage. As the story goes on it becomes clear that Lady Susan will eventually get things to go her way for her and her daughter. She also has a secret that no one other than her aunt and daughter are privy to.
As I said before, I had to giggle in a few spots and there were certain characters that I liked and several that I didn't like. I felt that by time I got to the end that things worked out the way they should have and "what goes around comes around" as the saying goes and the good people get what they should and that the not so good people get what is coming to them..
This book will appeal to those Jane Austen fans out there and even to those who have never read Jane Austen, like me, will want to check out this book. I highly recommend it...