I enjoyed The Duke And Miss Dennyvery much and was curious to see if I would like her other books too. So I bought "Midsummer moon" and set to readingI enjoyed The Duke And Miss Dennyvery much and was curious to see if I would like her other books too. So I bought "Midsummer moon" and set to reading.
Jane Reynolds(our heroine) is spending the summer with her aunt and cousin in the country while her other aunt (who she lives with) is touring Europe to look at old battlefields.She is grateful for that as the aunt is somewhat of a domineering woman.
Her aunt and cousin are discussing the arrival of the new heir to an estate nearby,that is really something out of the ordinary.Turns out the excentric old lady who owned it was mad about building fanciful structures in her gardens.
Her cousin convinces her to sneak out and have a look at the gardens,before the new owner arrives and they become off limits.
They are exploring and playing around when they are interrupted by a very fashionable man,that turns out to be the new heir George Overton.
Jane becomes a bit fretful of them appearing as intruders,but he soon sets them at ease by teasing them and being all around friendly.Lydia (the cousin) even invites him to come home with them to have dinner.
Soon its not long before the two of them finds themselves together on other ocassions,and becoming quite the good friends and maybe more....
There was so much to like in this book,the chemistry of the hero and heroine,the country setting and the quirky supporting characters.
It was nice having a heroine that wasnt feisty and headstrong.The heroine was no pushover but she didnt start an argument at the drop of a hat (or bonnet) She is the kind of heroine I really like and can sympatize with.
"Maybe you are a little bit too quiet,but I talk enough for the both of us.When you want me to be silent you only have to do one thing." "What is that?" Jane asked. "This."he said and kissed her.
((paraphrased..dont have the book with me atm))
The hero was also a delight since he has a somewhat teasing manner and likes to dress well. It was refreshing from the usual dark and brooding heroes that usually occupy historical romances (im not saying I dont like them but every now and then you get tired of that)
Another thing that I liked was that the cousin and aunt isnt the villains,nor is the heroine poor and therefore reliant on their goodwill.Also since this takes place in the country there is no Almacks and
The romance is slow but its enjoyable to read along while the couple get to know each other.
In short a very sweet read with shades of Austen. A real gem....more
Its refreshing to read about a hero who isnt a rake or rogue.There are way too few fops and dandies about. Who doesnt love a man who dresses fashio2.5
Its refreshing to read about a hero who isnt a rake or rogue.There are way too few fops and dandies about. Who doesnt love a man who dresses fashionably and isnt afraid to flaunt it? ;)
I really liked the hero´s sense of humor and his observations of things around him (and the heroine of course) He wasnt just a dandy/fop because of some vague reasons. It was a kind of rebellion for him (against his all too proper parents) at first I think,but it had become part of his personality in time. He had embraced that part of his personality fully.
As for the heroine I cant say I liked her very much with her "oh my god im so plain and my sister is so beautiful" internal monologues and her treating the hero badly because he offends her just by being himself. I could have understand if he had treated her badly but the animosity was all on her part and for the silly reason of him making her feel shabby next to him. :/
I would have bought her resentment and bitterness if she had been a bit older but to me it come across more as teenage sulking.Wich is perfectly natural since she was teenager (18) But with all the reading and general bluestocking behavior she prided herself on having I would have expected her to be a little less smallminded.
In most romances the heroes doesnt deserve their heroines and has to work to win their love.However in this book it was the opposite.I wasnt so sure the heroine deserved the hero!
In the end if I have to think back about this book it felt like it was made up out of bits and pieces,it starts out as a compromised situation plot,then they marry and goes to London for a bit and you think "oh its going to be a making the marriage work plot"but no then they have to go to the hero's inherited house and it turns into a gothic story.
I guessed the cause for the spooky going ons at once, it was (view spoiler)[of course smugglers. Why is it mostly always smugglers really? Get creative authors,please. (hide spoiler)]
In conclusion I think this is a good book to pass a few hours with,but sadly not keeper.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more