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One Perfect Rose by Mary Jo Putney
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Jul 02, 10

bookshelves: historical-fiction, mystery, romance, ultimate-reading-list, fiction, novels
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Ultimate Reading List
Recommended for: Romance Readers
read count: 1

This romance set in Regency England involves an actress, Rosalind, and a Duke, Stephen, both widowed--and both appealing characters. Since in the beginning of the novel he's told by his doctor he's dying, I found his unconventional choice believable. I also love books that give a convincing look at an unfamiliar world, and in that regard enjoyed the first half of the book where the Duke, incognito, falls among a traveling troupe of actors. I didn't care for a twist three-quarters through, but by then I liked the characters enough I kept reading. I had other issues with some developments in that last quarter of the book, but I still found the book an enjoyable read overall, thankfully not one with a florid romance novel style.

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