USA Today bestselling author Jacqueline Diamond has more than 100 novels to her name! A former Associated Press reporter and TV columnist, Jackie is best known for her Safe Harbor Medical romances (17 in all) and mysteries (four so far).
She is currently writing a series of romances about three sisters, all over 50, finding or rediscovering love. They are part of the Better Late collection of romantic comedies by Jackie and several other authors. Jackie's first romance in the series is Really? At Your Age?
Jackie has been honored with a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. She and her husband, who have two grown sons, live in Southern California. You can learn more about her books at www.jacquelinediamond.net, where you can sign up for her free monthly newsletter. You can contact Jackie at JacquelineDiamondAuthor on Facebook or as @jacquediamond on Twitter.
I like reading older regencies and so I stocked up on a few to read on holiday. Although this was a pleasant enough way to pass a few hours, it lacked depth and consistency.
I have no problem with the idea that the short-sighted heroine could not identify friends and acquaintances because of her poor eyesight - I'm blind as a bat without my glasses myself! And perhaps the fact that she'd managed to inadvertantly "cut" as august personage as Brummell himself could have made her the target of gossip. Okay so far.
But the rest of it made me roll my eyes. The H&H fall in love very quickly with very little foundation for it, and then, once Meg is revealed to have been merely masquerading as a governess, he gets on his ridiculously high horse and I find it hard to believe that a man supposedly in love, would dump the object of his affections on such a flimsy pretext.
There's also a secondary romance which rather detracts from the main one, and I can't help feeling it's just there to pad out what would have been an otherwise meagre page-count.
One of the things I want to read about in a romance is how the H&H come together and begin to understand each other on a deeper level, past the surface attraction, which is something that many of the more recently written titles in the genre do very well.
Its not bad. Meg and Angela are great. Unfortunately they have 2 absolute nodcocks as their love interests.Edward and Andrew are boring and actually needed more role in the plot. Cynthia's role too is sorely under developed. And so this house of cards tumbles down.
I really liked the two heroines, Meg and Angela. They were sweet and strong. The two heroes were awful. The story started out great with Meg's eyesight causing problems that were not unbelievable and quite humorous. Of course the governess falls in love with the lord of the manor. I was pleasantly surprised when he proposes and she accepts, even though he doesn't love her. I detest heroines that refuse to marry the man they love because, "he doesn't love me." Meg realizes that Lord Bryn might come to love her. She willing decides to take the risk. Spoiler alert: The next part of the book made this a wall banger. An incident happens and Bryn decides not to trust Meg and thinks the absolute worst of her. I really hated the BIG misunderstanding. It just seemed phony and contrived. The same things happens to Angela and Edward. Big stupid misunderstanding where he thinks the worst of her.
Of course, it all works out to HEA. But the book could have been done much better.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
While I did enjoy this one I was a bit disappointed. The story focuses on two main couples, which at times was a bit distracting. It made it hard to really believe or develop either relationship. By the end, I was expecting some major wooing from Andrew and Edward. It was really anticlimactic and Angela and Meg were too quick to forgive, IMO. I personally thought both men were snobs, but especially Andrew. I didnt care for him at all. There were times it felt a bit too detailed and a few side stories that weren't that relevant. So, overall, it was lighthearted and enjoyable, but not a favorite.
The story is completely previsible: a young lady, with weak eyes is acussed to cut down Beau Brummell. She scandalized the ton and is sent to the country. Meanwhile, she took the wrong carriage and arrived in a estate of a marquis, who is waiting a new governess for his nephew. Of course, she is wonderful, she likes the children, she falls in love with the marquis, he discovers the disguise and so on. Boring. I read the book in expectation that something different would happen. Well, nothing happens.
Funny! The story involves two siblings, the elder Meg who has bad sight and the younger who is a bit of a fluff. Because of her near-sighted condition, Meg takes the wrong carriage and ends up being mistaken as a gorverness for two mischievous kids. For some reason she decides to stay and luckily, she's wonderful to the children whose guardian is no other than a marquis. Over time, he and Meg develop feelings for each other. The younger sister, Angela is a dear. She's sweet and innocent but also sacrifying and noble. She wins the heart of strict and seemingly narrow-minded Mr Edward. Everything goes perfectly well for the two well-bred daughters of a poor upper class family until the misunderstanding of the elder one is revealed as well as the malice from a certain widow and her cousin. I think the first half is predictable for I've come across quite a number of similar plot. But the more I read, the more entranced I became. The love stories of the two sisters take place separately but they are linked somehow. This is when the author proves herself a good writer. She inserts troubles, makes me giddy and saddened at the same time. How clever she is to use the very troublesome characters to unknot the problems. Usually when an antagonist gets purnished, I should smirk and think 'It serves you right.' Yet I can't help but laugh out loud and smack my thigh: 'Oh poor chap!' when I see how futile their sabotage plan goes. While there are some down notes during the story, overall it is light and smart and easy to read. No explicit scenes, no hardcore melodrama included. It is more like a 4 stars for me but I appreciate a hilarious book after a trying day.
Near-sighted Meg Linley much regrets being forbidden from wearing spectacles, especially when she inadvertently cuts Beau Brummel himself! To give her younger sister the best chance at finding a match, Meg willingly leaves London for the country. She boards the wrong carriage and is mistaken as Lord Bryn’s new governess. Will a misunderstanding lead to love?
This left me so disappointed. The first half was an entertaining, if silly, tale. Meg was a sympathetic character. As someone who needs glasses to get through the day, I understood her frustration in being held to blame when she could not see things right in front of her. Even if her ‘love’ for Lord Bryn was fast, it didn’t take me too much out of the story. There was also the side plot of Meg’s sister falling in love, which was also sweet.
But at about the 60% mark, we have “the liar revealed” moment. Even though Meg had attempted to clear up the misunderstanding, Lord Bryn’s reaction to discovering she wasn’t really a governess was… extreme. He throws her out of the house, accusing her of being shallow and of coming to have a story to tell her friends in London. It was an overreaction that was not even a little justified.
I did not want Meg to forgive him. I didn’t want them to reconnect because he became jealous when he sees her talking to another man. Love? Not even remotely!
This is not a book I would reread, and I’m not sure I would seek other books by the author. I honestly cannot recommend it to another reader.
I really enjoyed this fresh perspective, especially since i can remember my pre-contact lens days with horror. This is a well constructed story that does not go the expected route. Once it gets rolling it is hard to put down. I now have a few more of her books on my tablet.
I really enjoyed the premise and the humour in the near-sighted heroine accidentally getting in the wrong carriage and ending up being a governess for a widower and his adorable children. I thought both heroines were engaging and my heart went out to them for their struggles.
I did find, though, that both of our heroes were jerks about the ruse that was played, and I don't feel that either of them really deserved the ladies!
Good at doing a Heyer type Regency world--with all those accurate little details. Enjoyed the side characters, they were funny. But the two men act like asses. In the subplot, I so disliked the hero, I was rooting for the semi bad guy.