**spoiler alert** This is the book where Benedict Wayborn older brother to Juliet from Simply Scandalous and from Surrender to Sin decides to go to Ba...more**spoiler alert** This is the book where Benedict Wayborn older brother to Juliet from Simply Scandalous and from Surrender to Sin decides to go to Bath to find himself a wife,even though he knows it wont be easy since he was mauled by a dog as a child and had to have his arm amputated below his elbow. So even though he isnt poor hes not the best matrimonial price out there.
Sir Benedict arrives in Bath a rainy evening and makes his way to his rented house wich is no 9 in Camden Place. Only he end up on the wrong side of the street and the number 6 sign of a certain Cosima Vaughns residence has been flipped over
He marvels at the impertinent behavior of the much too young and beautiful housekeeper and though Cosima is a bit flabbergasted about this strange man barging into her mothers house treating her like a servant.She decides to let him stay since the weather is horrible.
The warmest place being the kitchen she takes him there and pours him some liquour and they chat a bit.
Some more misunderstandings abounds and Benedict full of alcohol (and thinking Cosima has agreed to become his mistress) makes to kiss her,she manages to knock him out though. And promptly tells her servant to dump him in the park.Naked,and tied to a tree so he wont wander off and get hurt.
Through a series of events they discover each others identities and since Benedict is vaguely related to Cosimas mother its considered perfectly reasonable for him to escort her around Bath.
Considering the relationship is distant I am not sure this would have been accepted.
It had its funny bits like the previous books in the series,for instance the hero discovering that his valet had been coloring his hair black for 17 years.
I found the heroine to be a bit straining though She is Irish and she likes to remind the hero and the rest of the world of this constantly.I mean its ok to take pride in your heritage and all but it was all a bit too much.
I can take feisty heroines if I can relate to them but I had a very hard time doing this with Cosima.
I wish there had been more of a struggle for the couple to get together. In this case Cosima practically throws herself into Benedicts arms (and bed)
Disappointing but not a truly horrible book.(less)
**spoiler alert** Genevieve Pasquier is a girl crippled from birth by being born with a clubfoot,loved by her scholarly father but despised by her bea...more**spoiler alert** Genevieve Pasquier is a girl crippled from birth by being born with a clubfoot,loved by her scholarly father but despised by her beautiful and vain mother who dotes on her more beautiful older sister.
She is in short an ugly duckling but a smart duckling ;)
Her father educates her and gives her books to read.
When on his deathbed he sends for her and gives her some words of wisdom.
But her mother thinks Genevieve was told where her father hid a vast fortune.But Genevieve of course dont know anything and is then put through such abuse that she has no other choice but to leave home.
While escaping she happens on the powerful society witch Catherine Montvoisin wwho proposes a deal:work for her and get revenge.
She become the Marquess, an allegedly 200 year old fortune-teller who acquired immortality through an elixir and its not long before she is popular in the aristocratic circles of Paris.
But things get dangerous when Athenais Montespan,the kings mistress,ask to get her fortune told.
It seems like Monvoisin has some darker agenda that could shake France if the plan is ever carried out.
I dont want to give to much away,but there is enough suspense so you wont get bored.And all the characters feel real and has motivation for their actions. And there is a romance but it takes a while for the heroine to realize who truly loves her.
Judith Merkle Riley has written other historicals wich ive also enjoyed but this book remains my favorite of them. There is some horrible elements in this story(rape,occult rites,poisoning) But in the end the good prevail.
This is built around an actual event in history,the affair of the poisons.And even though the author takes some artistic liberties it stays mostly true to history. (less)