No woman in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month. Especially a "skinny-challenged" woman like Tessa. But dreams of being debt-free dance in her head at the offer of appearing in a reality TV show. "A Month in the Life of a Victorian Duke" is about real people pretending to live on an English estate, circa 1879. And Tessa's leading man - a real-life duke - is so handsome she can barely breathe, with or without the corset....
©2004 Marthe Arends (P)2013 Tantor
"Reality TV has never been more entertaining than here as the wickedly funny MacAlister has her heroine record her hilarious experiences with a quirky cast of characters and her passionate encounters with Max in a laughter-laced diary that is a saucy, sexy delight." (Booklist)
This is one of the book that got me into reading Katie Macalister books, one of my favorite even after all these years, it's fun, quearky and just funny. What happens when a 21st century mature women meets 18th century costumes and corset. The books is written as entries into a diary or a journal, but the action is still all there, and the ups and downs are often hilarious. From insecurites, to dishy guys. Weird food, water closets and chamber pots, meet a gallery of characters shoved into a manor for a month and try to recreate another time and place, with all the mishaps that follows. Tessa is a bit hesitant at first, but she'll grows quickly on you.
I enjoyed Katie MacAlister's Ashling Grey Series and thought I would give her non-supernatual books a try. I picked this one because the concept was interesting. A modern day woman agreeing to live as a Victorian Duchess for a month. Everything will be period for that month, no electricity, no modern plumbing, servants to do everything from cooking and cleaning to dressing and bathing the family of the house. And yes, there are corsets. Just that alone had me interested in the story. Ms. MacAlister's sense of humor and the way her main character, Tessa, uses her wit and sarcasm to address her situation kept me smiling if not laughing. As for the sex in the story, Ms. MacAlister can write one heck of a good sex scene. As for the surprising part, it came early in the story and I wasn't sure how it would play out. Tessa is not a petite woman, she comes out and says it she's a little chunky. I could relate to her body image issues. The way she reacted to some situations is exactly the way I have. She's not comfortable in her own skin. She may have accepted that this is the body she has but she's not confident or secure that others will see past her outward appearance and see who she is. She uses her sarcasm as a way to protect herself from being hurt. How this plays out in the story had me looking at myself and helped me address some of my body image issues. I was not expecting that. It was a very pleasant surprise.
The situations and the characters. There was always something going on and the main character's thought processes kept me laughing.
Her voice was animated and it gave me a feel for the characters. There was a distinction between each one and I wasn't confused as to whom was talking. She gave Tessa a voice that went along with her whole persona.
Laugh out loud funny.
I liked the main character. She was like a fish out of water and it showed. She didn't put on any airs and she was confused as someone in her situation would be. She took a risk and was dealing with the complications that arose from that decision.
Her weight issues were also realistic. Not every plus size woman is blasé about her weight. She was self conscious but not stupidly so. I can dig it.
This book is fun. It's not drama and it's not heavy. It's lighthearted and a great way to pass the time. So if you are looking for meat and substance I suggest you go elsewhere. This is pure dessert.
It doesn't get much worse than this. The plot is nonexistent, the dialogue is boring, & the narration is so annoying.
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