"If I could have foreseen the future, I would have married the first man who asked me!"
Tongues were set wagging when Elizabeth Markham's glamorous young parents were killed, sinking their only child to the unspeakable class of poor relation. Forced to live with her cruel, miserly uncle Julius, Elizabeth is forbidden to partake in the season's festivities. Marriage is her only escape, and she enacts a daring plan to trick her way into the Duke of Dunster's exclusive house party, to snare one of the eligible dandies sure to dance attendance on her.
Her plan proceeds swimmingly, as Elizabeth flirts with all but the arrogant Lord Charles Lufford, considered to be quite a catch. She ignores him thoroughly until her uncle discovers her deception and Charles saves her - by announcing their engagement!
But Elizabeth's troubles are far from over, for in her absence she had come into an inheritance. And her uncle, along with one other sinister party would rather see her perish than receive it.
©1985 Marion Chesney (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I love MC beaten, but this is not my favorite of hers. It was fine, but not great. Also, I am not a fan of the narrator.
I may just be tired of this genre in general. The protagonist and her love interest keep making the same stupid mistake over and over. Instead of talking openly, they act passive-aggressively towards each other and behave like eight year olds. Then, when they do communicate, it's with flowery language, which even in 19th century England would not be realistic.
I think I'm just done with this genre for a while. It was great while I was sick for six months, but now that I'm better, I need something with a little more meat. Instead of continually making something happen that could easily be remedied with a quick talk, Beaton should have chosen another device to heighten tension. The on again - off again engagement was fit only for middle schoolers.
The narrator seems to have lung problems. She has to take breaths several times per sentence, even when it's a short one. Her voice is quite raspy, which is usually interesting. Here, it just makes the possibility of an ill narrator more plausible. I can't keep my mind on the story.
I enjoyed, as usual, the little intricasies of Regency social mores and habits. I also enjoy the description of fashion.
The story held my attention until the third time he flew off the handle and left without asking questions and the engagement was off again.
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