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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  24 reviews
For those who love satire and over-the-top fun.

When the group of highwaymen headed by the disgraced Earl of Little Dean, Reynaud Ravensdale hold up the hoydenish Isabella Murray’s coach, she knocks one of them down and lectures them all on following Robin Hood’s example.

The rascally Reynaud Ravensdale – otherwise known as the dashing highwayman Mr Fox – is fascinated by he
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Published April 18th 2014 (first published August 8th 2012)
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We are proud to announce that RAVENSDALE by Lucinda Elliot is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Rich Cali
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“You can't believe anything that's written in an historical novel, and yet the author's job is always to create a believable world that readers can enter. It's especially so, I think, for writers of historical fiction,” Justin Cartwright. Good advice, I suppose, for historical fiction, but what about the writer who is having a laugh at historical romance? This is what Elliot is doing, having a laugh with her spoof about the cliché driven genre – historical romance.
Reynaud, the highwayman, is go
Lauryn April
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I picked this one up after having read “That Scoundrel Emile Dubois” as the two books are somewhat connected. There weren’t any vampires in this book, but I still enjoyed the writing style and the few mentioning’s of Emile. I don’t tend to read historical romances often and almost never spoofs, but I was in the mood for something different, and this turned out to be a very entertaining read. I liked how Elliot poked fun at the clichés of historical romances. The chapter titles made me laugh. The ...more
Anne Carlisle
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the get-go, Lucinda Elliot’s latest novel, Ravensdale, is a clever and lively page-turner perfect for both the readers of formulaic, period-piece romance and its literary decriers. It is a spoof which takes the chestnuts of the popular genre and stands them on their head, amusing us with great names like Georgiana Toothill and Mistress Titmarsh; the use of caps, “he Flattered her with his Attentions”; and frequent asides “ Introducing….the (Must Have) Conniving Cousin. ” These deft strokes ...more
Jenn Roseton
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a very enjoyable book. It was very well written and reminded me of the old Georgette Heyer regency romances. It was funny, intriguing and exciting, with a satisfactory romantic outcome. Lush historical detail and a cracking plot added to its charm.

I received an ARC in return for an honest review.
Regan Walker
3 and 1/2 stars - An Earl Turned Highwayman Weds a Rebellious Spinster

This book was difficult to rate. Much of it deserved 4.5 stars but other parts were a trial. Hence my rating of 3.5 stars.

Set in 1792 in the late Georgian period, this is the story of Isabella Murray and Reynaud, Earl of Little Dean, who is disgraced for supposedly killing one of his friends. Reynaud (called “Ravensdale”—which is apparently both his surname and his title as viscount and earl, notwithstanding he is the Earl of
Having recently read Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," I can't express how refreshing Lucinda Elliot's "Ravensdale" was to read. Elliot has a true gift for enveloping us in the times and customs of the day, while allowing us to enjoy the satire and upended tropes of her narrative.
Many times, I found myself laughing out loud, while also genuinely enjoying the characters and their romance. The heroine is no simpering genteel lady, I was pleased to discover early on. She can handle herself in a pi
Sheryl Tribble
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a while to get into this. Maybe I should have paid less attention to the word “satire” and more attention to “fast paced, funny, and light hearted." When it comes to romances, at least, the satire is more gentle and affectionate than it is biting and cruel. There was one point where I thought things got slow (or at least, the main characters weren't making progress on the front I most cared about), but for the most part things moved along at a sprightly pace

I liked the main character fr
In "Ravensdale," Elliot continues her skill with satire, and tongue-in-cheek humor, combined with engaging characters the reader cannot help but root for.

I haven't read many novels set in the 1700s, but this story won me over. I was so engrossed that I couldn’t stop reading and ended up with a terrible headache, but it was worth it. What an amazing bunch of characters! First of all, there’s Lord Reynaud Ravensdale, the Disgraced Outlaw and Earl: this is a character to really fall in love with. H
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
What do you get when you cross The Princess Bride with, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream? Well you get Ravensdale, a deliriously funny spoof of our beloved regency romances.

For those of you familiar with historical or regency romances you will note that they all follow a certain pattern. You have the evil conniving family member, the misjudged heroic rogue Duke/Earl and the plain but beautiful and strong-willed heroine aka love interest of said misjudged d
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you read this thinking it standard historical romance fare, you will think it only standard and be on your way.

If, however, you actually read the part where it says this is a parody, you will finish it pleasantly surprised and will have had quite the good time.

This spoof is a fun, witty romp all over the traditional historical romance genre. Cue the Dashing but Exiled Earl in need of Reinstating his Good Name, and the Heroine in a Match she does not Like, and let's roll people! There are a fe
Mari Biella
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Having read Lucinda Elliot's previous novel, That Scoundrel Emile DuBois, I had a fairly good idea of what to expect from Ravensdale: a witty spoof of the gothic romance genre that nevertheless allows you to feel for and care about the characters.

The story follows disgraced nobleman Reynaud Ravensdale who, having endured a scandal and been deprived of his birthright as a result, now lives as a highwayman – a highwayman, that is, of the kind that Barbara Cartland might have written about. He just
Lynelle Clark
I received this book from the touring host for an honest review.
The story is a historical romance that played out in the late 1700’s; a time where highway robberies were at the order of the day.
We are introduced to Reynaud Ravensdale, heir to an Earldom, disgraced in the past; he became a highway robber-with the law chasing him and his men constantly. He raced to the late Earl’s funeral, to give his last respect to his father, but had to leave quickly as his friend warned him, with soldiers clos
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: unrequited-love
As traditional historical romances go, this one certainly isn't one or even pretending to be one, so I cannot rate it the way I do the usual HR fare. Marketed as a spoof, the characters are certainly larger than life and at times almost like caricatures of whom they are supposed to represent - the histrionic and infatuated highway gentleman hero wanted for murder, the feisty heroine who dreams of a successful career as a 'gentlewoman of the road', the possibly conniving too-good-to-be-true relat ...more
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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Lucinda Elliot came to my attention in 2012 when I read and reviewed That Scoundrel Emile Dubois. Two years on, the book stands out in my memory for its unique voice and original story which is why I jumped when chance afforded the opportunity to review Elliot's latest novel.

Ravensdale is loosely related to the earlier volume, but rest assured, these are two very different stories. A fun, romantic farce, Ravensdale is more p
Carole Rae
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Poor Reynaud. He seems to have such crappy luck. He thinks he accidentally kills his friend, so he runs off and becomes a highwayman (what a great way to prove yourself innocent). His love marries another man, so he goes to leave the country, but then his father dies. He tries to secretly attend the service, but alas, he is discovered and they try to shoot him as he runs off. Then he stumbles upon Isabella when he tries to rob their coach. He loses his heart again and can't get her off his mind. ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it
***I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.***

Ravensdale has all the components of a regency historical romance novel…a heroine, a dastardly villain, and a handsome rogue. However, it’s not a typical regency at all; it’s a cleverly written and hilarious parody of that genre. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but it was quite funny and entertaining.

The tale opens at a funeral for an old Earl’s funeral where the reader is introduced to the main players. They include t
Sweets Books
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was good but not nearly as good as the first book in this series. I found it hard to follow the story at first and then hard trying to keep up with who was actually talking as they referred to as 'the other' and it wasn't for one character in particular but many of the characters. The POV's changed quite a lot also and it was hard to keep up with whom was talking. Overall is was an intriguing story but somewhat a little too busy and just hard to keep up with who's talking.

Reynaud - He took a
Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, hfvbt
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review

Ravensdale by Lucinda Elliot was a delightful read. I really enjoy and read a lot of historical romances so Ravensdale was a comedic relief from the overly dramatic romance that I read. The author, Lucinda Elliot kept the story at a good pace. The hero and heroine were fun and engaging. There were many laugh-out-loud moments. I especially liked Isabella and her refusal to conform to the standards set before her, she was
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is set up like an 18th century Gothic Romance complete with the chapter titles that tell you what is going to happen. it has a spirited heroine and a besotted hero, who is a Disgraced Earl turned Highway Man, and a his Conniving Cousin, who is the Villain of the story

Although i found it a bit hard to get into at first, this novel ended up being a very enjoyable read. I have read 18th Century Gothic before though and if you are not used to that style, it could put you off.
Mary Newcomb
This book was free in Kindle format, not sure if I would have chosen it otherwise. It is a satire of regency romances, but a bit confusing.
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Jo Danilo
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ravensdale achieves everything it sets out to do, playing with formulas and stereotypes of older romance novels with abandon.The writer manages to pay tribute to the genre while having fun at the same time. In one paragraph, the sturdy no-nonsense heroine muses on the cliches of the plot she finds herself in, capitalising all the character types such as the Wild Young Buck, the Villain of the Piece, and the Sweet Young Maiden. You can see her eyes rolling as she teases. But then the novel transf ...more
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Lucinda Elliot is a three times winner of the B.R.A.G medallion for outstanding fiction, for 'That Scoundrel Emile Dubois' 'Ravensdale' and their sequel 'Where Worlds Meet'.
She loves writing Gothic style stories, which isn't surprising because she was brought up in a series of great old isolated houses about England and Wales which her parents were refurbishing (it wasn't so fashionable back then
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