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Love's Charade

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  373 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The Earl of Linton had never been prone to sentiment. Only boredom could have led him to rescue Danny, a filthy street urchin, from the clutches of a drunken brawler. Once rescued, however, the spirited ragamuffin proved a handful even for the usually unflappable nobleman. Not only did a simple bath require force, but the squirming brat imprisoned in his arms turned out to ...more
Paperback, 478 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Zebra (first published 1986)
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Noël Cades
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historic romance fans
Hugely enjoyable historic romance with a rich plot, exciting adventure and a sexy age-gap marriage.

Love's Charade by Jane Feather is a must-read for historic romance fans. As well as enjoying the love story, I learnt a lot about the French Revolution and enjoyed the detail of the setting.

Seventeen-year-old Danielle de St Varennes is rescued from the streets by 36-year-old Justin, Earl of Linton. There's rather a lot of extreme effort to preserve her honour and reputation (I did wonder about the
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Fiordiligii
Re-read February 2020: A+ This is an old school romance with a 17 year old heroine and a 34 year old hero. I love it to bits, it pushes all the right buttons.

Re-read August 2017: A+++

Re-read March 2017: It's been three years since I re-read this gem. Love's Charade is a typical old school romance but I love it to death A+.


This is one of my most cherished and favourite old school romances which I re-read regularly about once every one to two years. The printing is so small I would say one page co
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Nyasha
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. After reading the hunger games, i thought i'd dive into some old English-French romance. The story takes you back into the French Revolution. A time when the rich enjoyed the life of the privileged, and the poor where left to scramble. A time when the rich in France enjoyed the luxuriant lifestyles in the French court under the rule of Louis XVI and the infamous Queen Marie Antoinette. She who was famously quoted as saying, "if you don't have bread...then eat cake" Just showin ...more
* kyrat
May 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: regency-georgian
No, just NO. WHY WOULD THE AUTHOR DO THIS?

1. I dislike the older man/under 18 girl trope, but I since I know that was common then, I suppress the ick factor & keep reading.
but then:
2. Turns out he slept with her MOTHER. ICK!!!!
AND
3. He slept with her mother 18 years ago. The mother had only birthed stillborns sons to the husband and given the exact right timing, I think oh ok, he's going to turn out to be her father. He's not the love interest, it's all ok then. This is just the subplot to the r
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Elle
Nov 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Jane Feather has a real gift for putting historical detail in a pretty good story. This one is set in the years leading up to the Reign of Terror. The heroine is a young but feisty French girl. The hero is a much older, jaded nobleman spying for Pitt. Lots of good background tying in with a story that is fun to read.

I think this must be Feather's first novel. It has a lot of the elements. First books are the books that the authors work the longest and hardest on, usually the stories that they h
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Marnie
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over all this book was a good book. The main problem I had was the story just keep going on and on. It felt like i had read three books about this one couple and a bit like the author just didnt want to remove any "extra story" 3 stars ...more
Laurem
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I loved Danny and Justin. They were the perfect couple. Danny was so impressive, impulsive, and down right cute. Justin was able to curtail her impulsiveness without taking away her spark. The couple share in many adventures during the French Terror. I loved this read!
Angela
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
When I read at the beginning, I was interested but then in the halfway of the book, I shout out my frustrations at the damn book to end it already. But once I start, I must finish cuz if I don't, it'll annoyed me If I don't find out what happened in the end.

It took me a while to understand the book. I assumed the book would be based on H/h pov. It's not only just those two but all the characters. I had to reread the paragraph to be sure who it belonged to. Too much for me, my head hurts to keep
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Sandra
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marie fricchione
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Feather novel special!

Jane Feather! There’s no author like her. Her storytelling is beyond compare-always great storylines! Her descriptive scenes are breathtakingly beautiful and as you read it seems like you are there!
Her H/h are rare and exciting and you root for them hard!
This particular novel was very long and it took forever to get to the HEA! But it happens to be an exciting story filled with French history during the French Revolution. The lovers are mad about each other as they
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Alexandra Beatriz
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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Kayla Haswell Lee
Ms Feather at her finest

This story drops you in another place and time the characters come alive and you experience the story with them. The best storyteller this is one of my favorites from Jane Feather
Tonileg
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
Historical English/French romance set in middle of the Terror in France and the proceeding years of crazy political upheaval while mostly our characters stay safe in England.
Lord Justin, Earl of Linton is in Paris on official English business when he saves a street kid from a violent baker who turns out to be a young high born lady, Danielle de St Varennes. It is obvious from the start of their journey back to England that Justin was going to marry Danny, because she was impossible compromised a
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Rose
A rather pathetic rewrite of Georgette Heyer's These Old Shades. ...more
Pam
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Historical romance set in revolutionary France and also in England.
Scoyphenson
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Tedious.
LemontreeLime
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Cassandra
Bit of Georgette Heyer channeling here, even the names are the same as her novels. Old school is fun once in a while but I only made it halfway through. Too much on the TBR pile right now.
Erinaceina
I found this impossible to rate. There were moments when I loved it, but more moments when I wanted to throw it across the room. Most of all, I felt that it was trying to do too much. It's an exceptionally long book for a historical romance, and it felt like several books lumped together (it may even have originally been released as several books). The first part felt unmistakably like the first part of These Old Shades; the second, somewhat like The Convenient Marriage, and the third part conce ...more
Annah
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love Jane Feather as an author. She does really well inserting history into a romance novel. My first thought about Love's Charade is that it seemed quite a bit longer than the usual historic romances and I was really glad it was split into three parts. It almost seemed like three different stories.

After getting into the first part I had a real problem with Justin. He seemed like way too much of a booty priss for me to like him. I was really irritated by his uppity manner and that he kept cal
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Adria
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I got this book free from the library and I'll read anything, so here I am. This was a DNF for me. I got more than 3/4 of the way through it and I just couldn't keep going. I was bored to tears. I love history but this book had the most boring delivery. The heroine is incredibly selfish and immature throughout the book and never seems to grow as a person. I admire her desire to help her countrymen and women, but she could have done it more intelligently while also respecting her family/responsib ...more
Megan Winston
This book was all over the place. Certain events that I had hoped to see (a return to the main characters home or recovery of her things) where barely (if at all) touched on, and I wasn't interested in the sudden emergence of an evil nemesis after I had passed the halfway point in the book. He felt very much like an afterthought, not an original part of the story line at all. I was quite disappointed :( ...more
Maura
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
This was a well written book. I wish I was smarter about the French revolution because it would of been a 5 star book for me if I did! Still an excellent love story of the fisrt order. My favorite theme...heroine dressed as male to escape a situation only to be helped by hero. The discovery was fun and in general the book felt like an adventure. Excellent escapist entertainment.
Shari
Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it
This book had a lot of french words/sayings in it which I found a little annoying since I don't know french. Would have been nice if the translations were included. Some of them I could figure out due to the context of what was going on, but not always. ...more
Nora
The author really tried to do too much in this one. There were so many different plots and subplots that it began to get ridiculous after a while. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the level of writing and historical detail in this.
Kristen
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really don't know why I read this, evenmore, I don't know why I liked it. I hate that I liked it. I think it's because I'm denying somed part of myself that enjoys the all love no matter what stories. I want to think life can always be pure in the love you share with a soulmate. Who knows. ...more
Rachel
Jan 25, 2010 rated it liked it
This was an oldie that I came across. It was a fun "bodice ripper" type book. But, it took me forever to get through. ...more
Stacey
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
had some good parts, then it had some hard to get into parts. would i read again, probably not :O(
Tarra
Mar 30, 2012 marked it as to-read
The paperback copy I have has a much better cover, beautiful girl in big ball gown. I would have never picked this book up with the butterfly cover in the goodreads image.
Milette
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I bought this as a vacation backup book. But I did not read this on vacation. I like Jane Feather she is an easy read with a story that moves along.
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Jane Robotham was born on 1945 in Cairo, Egypt, where her British parents were stationated. She grew up in New Forest, in the south of England. She earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Social Studies from Oxford University. In 1978, she, her husband and their three children moved to New Jersey. There, she worked as a social worker. She began writing in 1981 after another move, this time to Washingt ...more

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