This was my 8th Heyer read and I'm sorry to say that it's my least favourite thus far.
In this case, I went into the book expecting to read Horatia andThis was my 8th Heyer read and I'm sorry to say that it's my least favourite thus far.
In this case, I went into the book expecting to read Horatia and Rule's story as they go from a marriage of convenience to a real marriage. Instead, you don't really get to see all that much of Horatia and Rule, especially in the first half of the book, as the story is mostly told through the conversations taking place between side characters.
Furthermore, as soon as the marriage has actually taken place, Horatia's delightful character presented in the first chapter morphs into a very unlikeable spoilt brat - she's spending huge amounts of her husband's money on frivolities, gambling away yet more of his money at the card tables, and if he so much as hints that he would appreciate she act in a particular manner, she obstinately does everything in her power to act in the opposite manner. She came across as a foolish child and I came to dislike her immensely. Rule didn't appeal to me much either; I never felt like we got to know the real him because he hid behind games and lazy smiles.
Even when you get to the second half and you start to see more of Horatia and Rule allowing you to start to understand the two of them a little more, things didn't pick up much. Horatia's suddenly in love with Rule, and I didn't understand why because no attention had been given to the growth of their relationship. Moreover, the second half of the story is dominated by Horatia's brother Pel and though he was an entertaining character, he was a bit lourd. I'd quite had enough of his antics by the end of it all.
Heyer's fabulous style was the only saving grace here, and it couldn't save everything. Oh well, it won't put me off trying again with another novel at a later date....more
Before I get into the story, I want to note that William Brown, this story’s hero shares a name with Just William(BroSomewhere beteen 2.5 and 3 stars.
Before I get into the story, I want to note that William Brown, this story’s hero shares a name with Just William(Brown). I’m not sure if this was done purposely (considering the fact that Just William isn’t exactly popular anymore, it wouldn’t surprise me if this was just a coincidence.)
What we have here is a time travel story where the 21st century protagonist is sent back to the Victorian era (1873) to repair a rip in the time and space continuum (not sure it was actually called this). She accepts the mission to be sent back in time thinking she’ll get to play the part of a lady of the ton, but instead finds herself cast as a maid in William Brown’s household.
At this point, the reader doesn’t just have to suspend their disbelief, but actually turn off their brain in order to keep from nit-picking the story apart. Eliza is just too 21st century, and she doesn’t make an effort to tone things down (swearing, calling her master by his first name, singing 21st century songs, etc.). The slang that was used and the songs that were referenced really made me think that this lass is still caught up in 2005 rather than with the rest of us in 2015. (Side note: I don’t know what the enduring popularity of My Chemical Romance is like in the USA, but in my area they made a little bit of a splash when pop-punk was a popular wave, then receded into obscurity very soon after that.)
Furthermore, there are a lot of events that take place that are not believable. Foremost, an American heiress would never have invited a mere maid to a ball.
Despite this, so long as my brain was taking a nap, I enjoyed the story to a certain extent.
It should be noted that this story’s “hero”, William Brown, is an extreme case of Beta-maleness. The title “Not Quite Darcy” is very misleading. William Brown is the opposite of Darcy. It was interesting to read about a male romantic interest other than an Alpha male, but the comparison to Darcy isn’t in his favour – it creates expectations that he does not fulfil....more
I read this book when it was beautiful weather outside and I think that affected my enjoyment of it. It would have been a much more atmospheric read iI read this book when it was beautiful weather outside and I think that affected my enjoyment of it. It would have been a much more atmospheric read if it had been overcast or wet. ...more
Last year I read Deception's Princess because the concept of it made me think of Warrior Daughter by Janet Paisley, one of my favourite books. It turnLast year I read Deception's Princess because the concept of it made me think of Warrior Daughter by Janet Paisley, one of my favourite books. It turned out these two books are vastly different, but I enjoyed Deception's Princess well enough to want to see how Maeve's story would conclude in the second book of her duology.
Unfortunately, I find myself vastly disappointed.
Maeve's story was always going to be about Maeve freeing herself of the prejudices against females that are present in her society, and ultimately that's what this book is about, but when Maeve gets that far I didn't really feel like she'd done anything to deserve it.
Instead of the book being about Maeve's struggle to be seen as a leader in her own right, the vast majority of the book is essentially Mean Girls set in Iron Age Ireland. And it got old really fast.
Beyond that, I felt like unimportant aspects of the story were given a lot of attention, whereas those where I wanted to know more about events taking placed tended to be glossed over.
I'm sorry to say that I didn't really enjoy this one. I expected so much more from the mighty Queen Medb of mythology....more
I love Amelia's character. I especially love the way she reacts to Emerson's frequent outbursts. This is a good mystery, but it's wrapped up in an evenI love Amelia's character. I especially love the way she reacts to Emerson's frequent outbursts. This is a good mystery, but it's wrapped up in an even better historical. Elizabeth Peters really brings Egypt of the late 19th century to life. She, via Amelia, is so passionate about it that I also become passionate about it....more
I can understand why some Heyer fans didn't enjoy this one as much as some of her other work, but Lady of Quality worked really well for me. In this cI can understand why some Heyer fans didn't enjoy this one as much as some of her other work, but Lady of Quality worked really well for me. In this case, I liked that the relationship was cemented part way through the novel, thus allowing for some exploration of "post courtship".
A different secondary relationship, between the younger characters (a staple part of Heyer's novels), was explored here as well.
* It became very preachy very quickly. The relationship became about God rather than about the two charI did not really like this one for two reasons:
* It became very preachy very quickly. The relationship became about God rather than about the two characters, which is really not what I'm after. I don't mind if God plays a minor role, but if God hijacks the whole thing, it's lost me.
* There was just far too much pushed into this plot, which left it very disjointed. The author tried to tackle so many plot points that none of them received the time of day that they deserved and she didn't seem to know if she was coming or going. ...more
A few years ago, I had a "cosy mystery phase". I discovered Amelia Peabody at that time, but didn't read it until a few years later.
I have to say, I fA few years ago, I had a "cosy mystery phase". I discovered Amelia Peabody at that time, but didn't read it until a few years later.
I have to say, I found Amelia to be absolutely delightful as a character. She's no-nonsense and believes in practicality over emotions (that isn't to say she doesn't feel emotions, as she does; she's just very good at compartmentalising them when necessary.)
The mystery presented is good, but Amelia is the one that makes the unravelling of the mystery itself fabulous....more
The opening is catchy and makes sure that the reader is interested right off the bat. The main character didn't always work for me and I found the romThe opening is catchy and makes sure that the reader is interested right off the bat. The main character didn't always work for me and I found the romance to be a bit heavy-handed.
At times I wasn't as caught up in the story as I would have liked to be, but I enjoyed it well enough....more
There was something missing from it for me. I never really clicked with the characters. What's more, the ending left me feeling particularly dissatisiThere was something missing from it for me. I never really clicked with the characters. What's more, the ending left me feeling particularly dissatisifed. Oh well....more
I seem to have a thing for historical westerns at the moment and this fit into that category. I liked the idea of a woman fighting for her right to prI seem to have a thing for historical westerns at the moment and this fit into that category. I liked the idea of a woman fighting for her right to practise medicine in a time when this was not the norm, the Spanish flu epidemic devastating the small town, and the romance spliced into it all means that this sounds like it's just my cup of tea.
There are two big twists in this story and, unfortunately, both of them were glaringly obvious before they were even hinted at as being twists. What's more, little bits were thrown in from other characters - notably Em the local prostitute and Riley, Cole's brother off fighting in WW1 - but these passages tended to detract from the whole rather than add to the story.
On the other hand, the main theme story was interesting on its own: the fight against Spanish flu must have been very frustrating for doctors and nurses, who could only ease suffering rather than do anything to fight the infection, not to mention the fact that there was also the very scary possibility that they would be infected too. This story caught that feeling, as well as showing a community banding together in a time of need.
I liked Jess, she was strong, determined to be her own independant woman, but also too damaged to let down her shields in times of need and sometimes a little naïve. Cole was also a damaged character, shielding himself more at first, lashing out at the origins of his hurts but quicker to want to right wrongs.
There is a second book that follows the other half of Cole's family, but I'm not sure yet whether or not I will be reading it....more
The cover of the American version of the book is what really drew me in here. There's just something about a dark cover with a masked face on it thatThe cover of the American version of the book is what really drew me in here. There's just something about a dark cover with a masked face on it that screams mystery and draws me in. The British cover is rather more gawdy, but it was cheaper so that's the one I ended up with.
The story was ok, though I wished for more of a sense of setting from it. You know it's all taking place in Vencie, but the city wasn't really brought to life for me.
The mystery of who killed Laura's sister was good and I fell for some of the red herrings planted along the way, however I wasn't completely caught up in everything. Other parts of the subplots, such as the artist friend's real identity were glaringly obvious. The romance developed a bit too fast for my tastes - the characters spent very little time together in the scheme of things, I didn't know the boy and so I wasn't feeling particularly invested in the outcome of things.
I liked the society of women, la Segreta, and for me they were the highlight of the story! They could be spun off into multiple different stories spanning over numerous girls in the city, but the author has obivously chosen to continue Laura's story. I'm afraid the synopsis of book two doesn't really interest me, though.
Had I been a few years younger, I think I might have enjoyed the book more than I did now....more