The second of five impoverished sisters, Miss Elinor Conley knows her dream of becoming a lady is farfetched. When an unmarried gentleman happens by her brother's smithy, it is up to her to act quickly - and rashly - to secure his interest. But Grantham Wendell, Earl Chelford, isn't in the market for anything more than a new horseshoe. What's a bachelor to do when an innocent miss turns up at his Christmas Eve bacchanalia? He ought to make her leave, but his Twelfth Night party just became more entertaining.
©2013 Emma Locke (P)2016 Emma Locke
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Elinor Conley is in the unenviable position of being the second of five impoverished sisters in a town with no unmarried men...desireable or not. So when a handsome, unmarried earl happens to stop in her brother's blacksmith shop when his horse throws a shoe, Elinor hatches a mad plot to take matters into her own hands. Feigning a desire to attend the deathbed of an aunt she had never been particularly close with before, but who happens to live within a few miles of the earl in question, Elinor dashes off to the country. But as she approaches the estate of Grantham Wendell, Earl Chelford, she engineers an accident that lands her entire carriage in his kitchen. But Grantham is in the middle of hosting his annual Christmas baccanalia--a notoriously inappropriate fortnight-long orgy of debauchery, and all are trapped in by a snowstorm. As Elinor naively hoped, Grantham is taken with her at first sight. But how will Grantham keep an innocent from discovering his predilection towards debauchery with his baccanalia going on in her midst? How will she emerge from spending the night under his roof unchaperoned with a group of notorious degenerates with her reputation intact? As for Elinor, once she realizes the gravity of the accident and how much more serious the harm could have been, she knows her role cannot remains hidden forever. Will Grantham still think her the innocent and love her the same once he knows her secret? Will she be able to convince him that she loves him and is not just another fortune hunter?
This is a fun and light novella that is a delightful departure from typical holiday-themed stories out there. The limited length makes the progression of the love story a bit too rapid--Grantham and Elinor fall in love so quickly, it requires a great deal of the Christmas spirit to indulge in the belief that their love-at-first-sight story is even possible. But the baccanalia guests and their bawdy humor are a great foil for Elinor's naïveté and innocence and are the perfect backdrop against which the author can showcase the differences between her and the usual women of Grantham's set, making it easier to see why he falls for her so quickly. The performance given for the audiobook version of the novella was excellent. Marian Hussey excels at giving each speaker a unique voice that matches the personality ascribed in the novella, no h directly and by more subtle means such as though what they say and do to others. This novella is an excellent way for Regency romance lovers to indulge their love of the holiday season without sacrificing the quality of of the work. I'm looking forward to more of The Naughty Girl series.
Not a Great Book. Lacking the usual detail and emotion expected from this author. No feelings. Nothing to grab you. Flat characters not usual for this author. ABRUPT ending just when it seemed like plot tension was building. It was alike a slap of cold water in the face. Not even an epilogue. No resolution to the book... it was really a poor ending to a flat storyline. Felt as if the Ms Locke was writing on an airplane trip and the plane was landing so she had to end it and thought, lets wrap it up in this single paragraph here.. no real answers to anything.. just end here. THE END... I can't believe I wasted a credit on this waste of time.... I feel like I got HALF A BOOK...HALF A STORY...Very disappointed... I LOVED THE REST OF THE SERIES....This one is just... well.. don't bother. Don't waste a perfectly good credit on it. It's hard to believe it was written by the same author.
I LOVED the rest of the Naught Girls series.. this one is TERRIBLE.. It doesn't compare. No character development. No real tension. Barely any plot. No feelings. FLAT.
The READER WAS EXCELLENT... she made the book. If not for the reader the book would have been ZERO stars.
NO. By the time you begin to get involved in what seems to be plot tenson.. it's over! And with a shocking Cold Cut.. Not even an epilogue!
WASTE OF A CREDIT
Being able to enjoy books while driving and cleaning the house keeps me energized and challenged.
The story was implausible at best, the female lead whiney, and the rest of the characters underdeveloped. In short, it is a struggle to follow.
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