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Dangerous Decisions

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Helena Standish knows that a good marriage will complete her father's social standing, but she s her papa's daughter and not about to accept any fool. Marriage to the handsome and charming Oliver Faraday appears to offer a perfect match, so what cause does she have for misgivings?

Dr. Nicholas Carstairs has scant patience with frivolous pleasure-seekers and an upper class t
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 7th 2013 by Choc Lit (first published October 31st 2013)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. Well, most horribly written, probably.

Dialogue is basically non-existent, big applause for the couple of scenes that had a page or two of it, I was shocked to come upon that.

The chapters are really short and there are no long scenes here, oh I don't know, let's say a ball or any social event, it lasts for a couple of paragraphs, that's it. And mostly it is portrayed in characters thinking about the ball or thinking about themselves or thinking abo
Dangerous Decisions is a well-written and very readable piece of historical fiction set in the Edwardian Era in which the situation of women in society - their lack of independence, limited choices and their position as little more than the chattels of fathers and husbands - is forcefully brought home.

Helena Standish is a well to-do young lady whose father, though wealthy, made his money “in trade”. Even in 1905, with the world on the verge of a massive change in attitudes, people who acquired t
Janell Sutherland
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This makes two-for-two Choc Lit Publishing books that I’ve loved! Yay!

This novel, billed as Downton Abbey-esque, begins in London in 1905. Helena is a young debutante, and what she lacks in noble blood she makes up for with her merchant father’s wealth. Her father has political aspirations and is eager for Helena to make a prosperous match. Oliver Faraday, a man with an unforgivable blond mustache, has recently inherited and wants to ensure an heir quickly so that his gambling cousin doesn’t inh
Rhoda Baxter
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I'm not sure what I was expecting with this book, but the actual experience way exceeded my expectations. I was completely hooked from the start.

The characters were vivid. Oliver was initially unsettling, then really disturbing. Helena is likable and her motivations and feelings are always understandable. Nicholas is really likeable and a wonderful contrast to Oliver.

I normally don't like so many points of view, but in this book, it worked very well. I'd never read anything by Margaret Kai
June Kearns
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Soon after starting Dangerous Decisions,I realised that I was in the hands of a master story-teller, and could relax and enjoy the tale.
I trusted and soaked up all historical details,totally believed in the characters and liked the clever way their stories were interwoven and drawn together - upstairs,downstairs and in a lady-of-the-night's chamber.
Those later chapters where tension is really racked up between Helena and her husband kept me reading until the early hours. Loved it.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

I thoroughly enjoyed Dangerous Decisions. It is a beautifully written, well researched novel with a gripping plot. I particularly enjoyed how Kaine captured the social classes of the time as well as the political issues. A great page-turner, overall.
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the cover of Dangerous Decisions, it is so beautiful and the description had me very interested from the moment I read it. I was soon swept up in the story and the character’s lives.

I really liked Helena, and I warmed to her straight away. I liked that she is very intelligent and a strong woman, but at the same time I felt for her where she was aware of her father and the effect that a marriage will have on him. Like Helena I was wary of Oliver, he seemed like an ideal match for her but t
Pansy Firefly
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book for an honest review. So here goes…

I made the mistake of reading Dangerous Decisions expecting a traditional romance. It’s not, and when I adjusted my thinking, I got a very worthwhile read. While there’s a handsome, wealthy suitor, a wooing and a wedding, all is not what it seems and as the books suggest, decisions – even when made for the right reasons – can lead to dangerous consequences.

Even though she is loved by her father, his political a
Blodeuedd Finland
This is not a romance, this is romantic fiction and cos of that there is a long way to Helen's HEA.

She is a nice young woman, and when a nice man courts her she does think he seems ok. But there is something about Oliver that gave me chills from the start. But they marry and we see their married life, the happy and unhappy parts.

There is also someone else in the shadows, a doctor called Nicholas. Oh she should have chosen him but how could she as they were not the same class and therefore never
Beverley Eikli
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dangerous Decisions is set during the Edwardian era, with all the plot twists and turns and beautiful characterisation which made me enjoy the TV series Downton Abbey so much.

Margaret Kaine's beautiful writing style pulled me right into that bygone era. The plot was engrossing, clever and unusual and never predictable, and the characters so gorgeously portrayed I was very moist-eyed in a few parts.

I read it in two sittings, which is quite something when you've got two active young daughters.

Lizzie Lamb
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded Dangerous Decisions just at the right moment. The last episode of Downton Abbey had played and I wanted to read something in a similar vein. This novel ticked all the right boxes. The manner in which the author described the difference between the lives of the characters upstairs/downstairs and the sad lives of the women who inhabit the demi monde was spot on. I felt an immediate rapport for the innocent Helena and, as her marriage approached, wanted to shout: DON'T DO IT. But, do i ...more
Angela Britnell
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a huge ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ fan this book ticked every box. Yes, it’s a historical romance in some ways but also has hints of suspense and a thread of social commentary running right through the story. It starts in 1905 with Helena who is a young debutante entering her first London season. She is soon steered by her family into marriage with a powerful, rich man who appears to be charming and everything she could wish for. But Oliver has his own dark secrets and Helena r ...more
InD'tale Magazine
An absorbing Gothic-style regency, Kaine weaves a tale that draws the reader in so deeply they will find themselves alternatively yelling at the characters one moment and urging them on the next.

Read full review in the 2014 February issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Carole Rae
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This has been sitting on my shelf for a little bit and I honestly forgot about it. After unpacking my books recently, I looked at this and remembered how badly I wanted to read it. So I got started reading right away.

I was honestly hooked from page 1. The first 90% of the book was addictive. I could hardly put it down even in the more boring parts.

The last 10%? Meh. Sure that was supposed to be the most exciting parts with all the suspense and etc, but I simply did not care. I honestly just wan
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
For me the concept behind this book is one that could find a home in any literary time frame and still enable the reader to relate. Having read several modern chick-lit style books recently to read something set slight further back historically felt like a refreshing change. Kaine writes in a style that embraces and engages with the challenges of the period while managing to create a believable tale rather than a boring account of restrictions for women.

However, I do wonder if a little more wor
Anne Harvey
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a new departure for Margaret Kaine, a writer I very much admire. Usually, she writes about the middle years of the 20th century, centred on the Potteries. This one covers a few years into the Edwardian period, bringing in the social mores, the political issues of the time and mental illness. There was just the right mix of upstairs, downstairs, reminiscent of Downton Abbey but with more likeable characters. Young socialite Helen marries, out of duty to her father, Oliver Faraday, despite ...more
Glen Winter
Can't believe Choc Lit stands by this. I loved the back of the book, but unfortunately lost interest quickly; halfway through the beginning I started to skim and abandoned reading shortly into chapter one. Then skimmed my way forward. The beginning would have much more impact if it were condensed. Overall the writing is amateur and unprofessional. Hopefully the writer will work on her/his craft and acquire a knowledgeable and Professional editor who can successfully make this a an interesting re ...more
Helen Mccabe
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I admire how the author plotted it, so that the tension was maintained right to the end tantalising the reader until the novel arrived to the final resolution. The writing was
mature and practised and the author's characterization was both acute and sympathetic. Another really excellent book from Margaret Kaine.
Sarah Cass
DNF. Wanted to like, usually like historicals...but just didn't hit me right. Might try again at another time. ...more
Wendy Pare
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Predictable,but a pleasant read
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Born and educated in the Potteries in Staffordshire, Margaret Kaine now lives in Eastbourne. Her short stories have been published widely in women’s magazines in the UK, Australia, Norway, South Africa and Ireland. Ring of Clay, her debut novel, won both the RNA’s New Writer’s Award in 2002 and the Society of Authors’ Sagittarius Prize in 2003. She has now published seven romantic sagas about life ...more

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