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message 1: by Lyuda (last edited Aug 20, 2017 03:00PM) (new)

Lyuda Oh, Kathie, lol, what a train wreck, for sure....
But then of course, we the reader would not have had the opportunity to witness the extraordinary feats of Angelique.
Do you think the author need a new kitchen sink since she threw it with everything into the story? Oh, I'm still laughing. I trully don't know why she is so popular. Great review!


message 2: by kathie (new)

kathie perhaps you are right. I don't understand all the 4 and 5 star reviews. But Steel has been around so long that her long time fans will support her no matter what I guess. I have learned my lesson tho...


message 3: by Lyuda (last edited Aug 20, 2017 03:23PM) (new)

Lyuda Are you saying that she's been around and is rich enough to affort her own kitchen sink? We don't need to start "go fund me" page?oh, lol, I'll stop now...


message 4: by S (new)

S You are correct about entailed estates and the title that they are attached to. The owner receives the income from the estate for their lifetime and cannot sell the estate. In addition any debts incurred are not the responsibility of the next person inheriting the estate and anyone foolish enough to give money for a mortgage on the estate is not guaranteed to be repaid. The next person to inherit is the closest male heir regardless of the sex of the parent. In other words, in this story, Angelique's son can be the next Duke. She at least got that part right! I too was amazed at the poor quality of her research, particularly since there has been so much recent interest in that era in history, thanks to the popularity of Jane Austen and shows like Downton Abbey (although that's not quite the same time period). Thank you for pointing out these discrepancies. I thought I was going crazy at first when I read that part of the book!


message 5: by kathie (new)

kathie Thanks for the affirmation regarding the entailed property and the explanation as to why her son could inherit. I wasn't sure, as I stated, and it seems like most books I read are always zeroed in the male heir, or lack of one! How did you rate the book overall? Just curious. I seem to be in the minority.


message 6: by kathie (new)

kathie Oh, I should have said male heir produced from another male heir. I don't know if I have ever read anything where they look to a sister's son. That is an interesting fact that I did not know. thanks...


message 7: by S (new)

S Hi Kathie,
I haven't rated the book but I would definitely give it no more than two stars. Perhaps, our expectations are just a bit higher? Also, people who are a fans of an author or genre, are generally more apt to comment in support of their interest. At any rate, I'm with you on this book!


message 8: by Anita (new)

Anita Attivor Lol I loved your review. I don't have to bother with the book now. I've never been able to read a Danielle Steel book from beginning to end so I was dreading this. You are correct about the fact that entailed property couldn't be sold(the whole point of it being entailed actually), however it is possible for the Duke's sister's son to inherit the title if he has no male heirs himself. A sibling's son would be the closest especially in that era in which the book is set


message 9: by Allison (new)

Allison Thanks for the review. I agree with everything you said about the beginning. When I got to the part about starting a brothel I had to put it down. I just couldnt continue it was so bad! Thanks for confirming that stopping was the right thing to do.


message 10: by EP (new)

EP This was me too - I haven't read a Danielle Steel book in probably 20 years but this looked interesting and highly rated so I figured I'd try it (as a library loan only!). What a disaster. Could not finish. Could not get beyond the first 15-20 pages, actually. Almost no dialogue, just a looong litany of how the heroine is so perfect, so perfect, father is helpless and can't think of anything to do to protect his perfect daughter except give her a literal bag of money, brother is evil, sister in law is evil, everyone is 100% angelic or evil. *sigh* DNF. Then I came here and read your review and feel perfectly justified not finishing!! Ridiculously terrible book but terrific review, thanks!


message 11: by Susan (new)

Susan Ross I give it 1 star. I too haven't read a Danielle Steele novel in decades but was seduced by the historical theme of the book. For the life of me, I can't understand why people read her books. The plot was horrible - especially the historically false ending where the entailed property is sold! The writing is equally bad, run on sentences galore.
Your review was hilarious but her father gave her a fortune, not 25 pounds. So why the nanny and madam? The entire plot made absolutely no sense. I skimmed the book. I couldn't put it down because it was like watching a train wreck.


message 12: by Susan (new)

Susan Ross Whoops! Steel.


message 13: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Loved your review too. How is this writer the world's best selling author? To add my two pen'orth about male inheritance, an example from history: Henry VIII, despite the multiple wives, only produced one legitimate son, Edward. When he died, the English crown passed to Mary I and then to Elizabeth I, neither of whom produced children. The line had to go all the way back to Henry's sister Margaret and her issue, down through Mary Queen of Scots and they ended up with James VI of Scotland who became James I of England and Scotland, as the "last male standing." Here endeth the history lesson.


message 14: by kathie (new)

kathie Thanks Ruth. Actually, I have read quite a bit about Henry VIII, his wives and his children. Spurred on a bit by the Showtime series "The Tudors". I guess I thought that perhaps there were different rules for inheriting a title when it involved a monarch than perhaps lesser titles. When it comes right down to it, most of what I have read about the subject has come from historical romance authors and I am sure they are not always reliable authorities on the subject. Good to know that women were not entirely shut out of the process!


message 15: by Julia (new)

Julia I'm glad I read your review instead of the actual book. Nice summary, very entertaining. 🤓


message 16: by kathie (new)

kathie Thank you Julia. Actually, my reviews are usually not quite so snarky but I couldn't seem to hold back here.


message 17: by Tabitha (new)

Tabitha Rosier teeter Thank you! I had skipped and skimmed because of all the repetitive passages. They called her Duchess, but she wasn’t really a duchess because that’s Tristan’s wife. Then to have the ENTAILED property for sale. By that point I was ready for the sale to be deemed illegal and for Tristan’s creditors take him out. Anything to get rid of the rest of Angelique’s family and end the book already. I thought I was reading a romance novel, but this sucked hard. She only had her true love for about 5 years? What the heck?


message 18: by kathie (new)

kathie That's true. Not really a romance novel, and too many errors to be good historical fiction. personally, I am done with Danielle Steel.


message 19: by Renee (new)

Renee Your review is hilarious it sounds so similar to mine! I’m embarrassed having read her as well & now I really regret it after this book. Thanks for summarizing what happened at the end, I couldn’t continue with the “train wreck” I had to stop at about 86% it was just pissing me off. Doesn’t sound like I missed much at the end.


message 20: by kathie (new)

kathie Thank you...no, you didn't miss much, I think you were right to bail out towards the end. I am surprised I finished it because I usually have a low threshold for books that are annoying. I have learned my lesson though and have yet to pick up another Steel..lol.


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