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3.0 out of 5 starsFun but Loaded with Hero/Heroine Misunderstandings
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2015
The plot of Dancing on the Wind is a good one -- beautiful girl (Polly) abandoned at birth searches for answers and confronts self-serving villains along the way, also must deal with a well-intentioned but haughty love interest. I liked the rising action, the tension, and I thought the descriptions were fun. I get frustrated, though, with books in which the hero and heroine move along the tense, suspenseful path (prior to their happy union which we all hope is coming) and seem to constantly misunderstand one another. In this book I felt that the author went too far with this device. I also felt that Polly could have been made more likeable --- her morals seemed very malleable, even after a lot of important life-lessons.
This was my least favorite book from this author. The heroine was not very likable and made stupid decisions every five seconds. Sex trafficking does not make a lighthearted read. I was glad when it was over.
My favorite series from this author are The School for Manners and The Poor Relation. Those were funny and lighthearted. This one was grim. If I wanted grim, I would not be reading this genre.
Great story. After reading all M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth and my favorite Agatha Raisin series, I decided to send for some of her other books under her other name Marion Chesney written years ago. This book was great! Maybe even better writing than some of her older ones. Fast paced and suspenseful. I like it very much.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2015
How does Beaton always produce very different stories? Alright the main man and woman are the same stereotypes, with variable coloured eyes but the scene of action this time is completely different . Having described how the top echelons of Society live in previous books the reader is now plunged into the low life of London. It has taken ingenuity of the highest order to weave a near plausible plot that includes a near brush with Tyburn. It is a adventure not to be missed.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2015
Completely falls flat as a Regency novel. Beaton displays no feel for the language or customs of the day. This was a great disappointment after the Agatha Raisin novels; I expected much more sparkle and wit. Beaton needs to re-read her Georgette Heyer and see how it's done.