Book Reviews of Charm School (Calhoun Chronicles, #1)

Charm School (Calhoun Chronicles, #1)
Charm School - Calhoun Chronicles, #1
Author: Susan Wiggs
ISBN-13: 9781551664910
ISBN-10: 1551664917
Publication Date: 4/1/1999
Pages: 401
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 87 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
Interesting story but a bit longwinded. Boston spinster Isadora is withdrawn, invisible & miserable in her life. In a pique of revolution, she signs on a ship bound to Rio as a translator, and her transformation from ugly duckling to beautiful swan is what the story is all about. The substory of slavery & redemption is a plus, but I found myself skipping through the book just to finish it.
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Helpful Score: 2
Liked it alot! Frumpy girl comes into her own on a sea voyage. American historical.
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Helpful Score: 2
Awkward woman is transformed by a sea captain. Awesome romance.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was very interesting. Its different from the average romance novel!
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Helpful Score: 2
A very likable heroine - an intelligent, well read, badly dressed woman, completely out of her element at home but blooming during the long sail to Rio. The hero, however, though handsome and charming, was harder to like. Ah, well - to err is human. And he is very human.

I enjoyed the details about sailing. The author did her research well and also fit it into the story in an interesting way.
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Helpful Score: 2
The ugly ducking fable wrapped up in a romance story. Very good read and like reading about the transformation of the heroine.
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Helpful Score: 1
Isadora Peabody is an awkward misfit in her beautiful and accomplished family. Shunned by those she yearns to befriend, she gives her heart to a man who doesn't even know she exists. With nothing to lose, she seizes the chance to journey to a wondrous new world in search of a dream. In a society where men are judged by their family name and position, Ryan Calhoun is considered to be reckless for walking away from his. Driven by his quest to right an old wrong, the firey, tempermental sea captain doesn't have time to look after the meek young woman who comes aboard his ship. What Isadora discovers on the voyage is more adventure than she could have imagined. The crew of motley sailors becomes her personal charm school, teaching her to be a lady. And giving her the confidence to believe in a startling new love.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was just a good book. It made me smile to see the pirates on this ship in a different light. It's also always fun to read about a girl transforming herself into a better version of herself. I really enjoyed this book.
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Oh my gosh I loooooooove this book so much. One of my favorite books ever. I read it over and over again until sadly I had to give it back to my sister-in-law so now I have this on my Reminders List so I can go back to reading it multiple times. If you haven't read it you must, I mean there's no other option for you but to read this book, I refuse to let you not read this book. I will find you and force you if I have to.
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This was a good book by Wiggs. I have almost read all her books now. This was a favorite of mine.
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This is the first in a series called "The Calhoun Chronicles" by Susan Wiggs. It is a delightful story about a girl who just doesn't fit in high society. She's not beautiful, she's more interested in book learning than social circles. She is very intelligent, and finally works her way onto a sailing ship heading for South America. Great story, very descriptive: you can almost feel the waves and smell the salt water on her voyage! Excellent read by a great author. I highly recommend it.
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A lovely romantic fantasy. Totally enjoyable
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This was a very well written book and I loved reading it. The main characters weren't perfect, but they were admirable. The romance between the sea captain and the wealth Boston misfit was enjoyable to read about. I can't wait to read the Horsemaster's Daughter, which is the story of the sea captain's step brother.
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Another great Susan Wiggs book. She never disappoints! This story of social consciousness in 1850's Boston is very enjoyable. Repressed Boston socialite meets swashbuckling sea captain. Catherine Coulter's quote... "an irresistible blend of The Ugly Duckling and My Fair Lady. Jump right in and enjoy yourself - I did."
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This was a great book. I have a copy on my keeper shelf.
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great read!
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Very good fast paced book
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I just mailed off my first copy of this book. I just found out I had another one. So I added it in.
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A delightful read.
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This book was not something I enjoyed reading. I read a chapter or two and found that the sex scenes were constant and the story just fit around them. I decided not to read any farther.
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I picked this book up on a whim and loved it. Boston socalite meets sea captain and fall in love on a voyage. Lots of fun sailor characters matchmaking.
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This book was a big miss for me. No chemistry between the h/h and the dialogue was clunky.
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Ok. Not one of my favorite ones of hers.
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I really enjoyed this ugly duckling story. It was fun and incredibly sweet with lots of great side characters. I actually didn't find it long-winded or too wordy.

Very quick read.
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I enjoyed this book and will look for more of her books.
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An enjoyable read, because the heroine is growing into a more confident gal and the hero is learning about life while the author keeps the pace of the romance real with conflicted emotions that the situation warrants. An interesting locale combines with characters you like and want to know. Some extra words padded which I always skip. For the sexual act, I prefer only dialogue and character advancement with sensual mystery, rather than overt descriptions of the physical process, not being a voyeur.
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A Charming story (no pun intended). I enjoyed reading it. Light romance.
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Fun and entertaining!!
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I really enjoyed this one.
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This was just a fun lighthearted book. No seriousness intended.
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Enjoyable reading.
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simple plot, but fun!
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Isadora peabody is an awkward misfit in her beautiful and accomplished family. shunned by those she yearns to befriend, she gives her heart to a man who doesn't even know she exists. with nothing to lose, she seizes the chance to journey to a a wonderous new world in search of a dream.
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Susan's books always take you a place you would like to go. Yes even school. This story is one we can all relate to in one way or another.
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This is a historical romance.
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Interesting. I enjoyed it.
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fun book to read