One of the things I've always enjoyed about Erica's novels is her ability to mix humor in with her gothic elements. The story is set in and around CasOne of the things I've always enjoyed about Erica's novels is her ability to mix humor in with her gothic elements. The story is set in and around Castle Keyvnor, which Becky is haunting, but she's not dead. Instead, she's just ignored, an invisible woman in a world of dark spirits. Yet when she is re-discovered it becomes imperative that she marry, and the only man she ever wanted has hurt her terribly. Yet the misunderstandings between these two can be worked out. There are really no supernatural elements at play here...except for love.
Becky reminds me a cross between Jane Dowling, of the Captain's Bluestocking Mistress, a women who is not so much forgettable as simply forgotten, and Princess Marigold from Let It Snow, a woman who has conquered her own little world, but can't seem to escape from it.
North Barrows is typical of Erica's heroes too...slightly damaged, but completely lovable because of it.
If you've enjoyed any of Erica's other books, you'll love this one, and if you've never read any of her work before, this is a really good place to start! Also, don't let the "gothic" label mislead you. It's more of a historical romance than a true gothic one.
I've read both the "Violet" version of this book and "The Viscount's Wallflower Bride" version and I enjoyed them both. The main difference, aside ofI've read both the "Violet" version of this book and "The Viscount's Wallflower Bride" version and I enjoyed them both. The main difference, aside of the sex scenes being excised is that the ages are adjusted down. Violet is 18 instead of 21. In some ways this makes more sense of her actions, but in other ways in makes certain things seem unrealistic.
Most notably, her belief that she's going to be a spinster. Most girls (in historical romances) don't even start courting until their 18th birthday, and she's not really tried the market yet, so thinking she's "on the shelf" at 18 is a little far fetched.
However, her lack of self confidence, and her continued belief that she's not the sort of girl that men fall in love with, make much more sense when you consider she's 18. And while this particular problem does seem drawn out over the course of the book, keep in mind that story takes place over the course of a couple of month. In real life it could take someone years to get over their lack of self confidence.
I did particularly like her response to getting glasses. I remember when I got mine, and it really does change your life, suddenly not seeing the world as a blur! (And yes, it does help your view of of yourself, when you're not walking into walls and tripping all of the time.)
In both books, Jewel and Rowan steal the early part of the story and I'm still waiting for them to get their own book. Christobel and Joseph however, two of my favorite secondary characters in this series, did finally get their own story treatment in "A Secret Christmas".
Great, fun, reading and highly enjoyable in either version!
The only thing that is puzzling me is...if John Young, the bookseller, new what Aristotle's Master-piece was about - and one must assume that he does he asks Violet if she's sure she wants it - why did he have in the philosophy section?...more
When Erica Ridley started writing the Dukes of war series, she wanted to show the effects of war on different individuals. We've certainly seen that.When Erica Ridley started writing the Dukes of war series, she wanted to show the effects of war on different individuals. We've certainly seen that. From physical wounds to psychological scarring, survivors guilt, and PTSD, we've seen a wide range of the effects war has had on her heroes.
But the Duke of Ravenwood, didn't go to war. No, the reclusive Duke's contribution to the war effort comes after the fighting is over. His battlefield is parliament. And his fight is to stabilize the economy.
But none of that is on his mind when he attends a charity auction hosted by Miss Katherine Ross, a woman who is known to be a hoyden, and whose name is all too familiar to those who read the scandal pages.
When Ravenwood finds himself in a compromising situation with the girl, he suddenly finds himself with a wife he didn't want, and distractions that he didn't need. Still he is not above trying to work out the marriage and all it's difficulties.
As the two know little about each other, misunderstandings abound, and the situation is further complicated by Katherine's Aunt Haven, who is suffering from Alzheimer's Syndrome.
As with all of Erica's past books, there are laugh out loud moments and tearful tuggings at your feelings as well. You don't need to have read any of the other books in the series to enjoy the Duke's Accidental Wife, but you enjoy this one, you are certain to enjoy them all. ...more