- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC (1 June 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1258409429
- ISBN-13: 978-1258409425
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
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The Intellectual Versus the City: From Thomas Jefferson to Frank Lloyd Wright Paperback – Import, 1 Jun 2012
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The second story I liked was Hide And Seek a story of George Atwell the Sixth Viscount Belmont . He was now up to seven babies by his mistresses. He kept them in a house together with a governess Miss Waldron. She was in love with him herself but she was a fallen woman herself with a child. Is it going to be a chance of romance between them as he thought of her as only a governess. The othe three stories are good these two were my favorite. If you love stories about bad boys this isn't good book for you.
That said, I love Mary Balogh and the third offering "The Wrong Door" is pure Balogh- regency houseparty, a viscount heir to a marquess title who at nine and twenty is not ready to be leg-shackled, and a strong-willed debutant sister of his host who refuses to be pushed into a marriage because of society rules. It is a fun read. Unfortunately she is only one of five writers in this offering and the individual stories are completely independent of each other with out any real common thread except the hero being either a rake or rogue. This type of collection tends to highlight the skills of each writer but does not always cater to the preferences of the reader. The stories span the concepts from Regency England to west Texas and Colorado -from the Age of Enlightenment to the Age of Scientific Discovery. The final defect for me is that while most multiple writer works have three or four stories, this has five and therefore even less of the background and character development is able to be laid, leaving the works reading a bit choppy and events happening too quickly for a genuine vicarious reading experience. On the plus side, the variety of stories offer up the many and various interpretations of what a genuine Rake or Rogue is to any particular reader.
In the first work by Melinda McRae, the setting is Aristocratic England with the Viscount Belmont as the rake but the work doesn't spend much time on his character, which is based almost exclusively & whose only claim to being a Rake is that he has sired any number of illigitimate offspring which he has gathered within his home and demonstrates his capacity to be the doting parent- a very unrake trait. The love interest and most of the book's interaction involves the children's governess but doesn't happen until almost the end of the story.
The second offering is by Mary Jo Putney and was the primary writer I hoped was similiar in setting, writing style and characterization as Ms Baloch. I know that one short story is not a true representation of a writer but the setting, TEXAS, coupled with primary characters that I could not identify with in any way except I avoided their type in real life - a "heroine" who fearful and bullied can't see afuture beyond it without the help of a man. That's chivalry- not love. ,The "hero" is a man that we barely know anything about except that he is set to be hanged and is chivalrous, again not very rakish. It was a tough read that took the better part of two days to get through it's 65 pages.
The fourth offering by Maura Segur is a mixture of western mentality in a city setting for the hero and an 'tough" impoverished Irish immigrant heroine who has the responsibility of younger siblings in mid 1800s New York City. Again not a setting or time that particularily interests me, but the characterizations, the interaction between the two and the story line are credible and interesting as the hero hires the heroine for a job that transports them to the long Island resort playground of the upperclass. It is also one of the longer works.
The final offering is Anita Mills' Highway Robbery set in Oxfordshire England 1742. The heroine is a member of the gentry class who is under the control of a greedy Uncle who has stolen her younger brother's inheritance and consigned the boy to prison. The hero is a bastard child of a neighboring member of the nobility who has turned to highway robbery as a means of tormenting the current title holder and himself ends up in the same local prison. It falls to the talents of the heroine to save both her brother and the highwayman.The read is pretty good, believeable but the style and interactions of the characters by the writer is quite dissimiliar to Ms Baloch's and other of my favorites.