This book is not only romantic, but funny with a little murder and mayhem mixed in. I wish people really were like Izzy
I loved this book and am putting it up only because I have two copies of it. One I'm keeping to be read again and again.
Loved this book! Emotional conflict and misunderstandings made the book a compelling read.
Its 1831 England and there are a large number of house guests at Lady Cherrymores estate. Although most folks are abed, there is suddenly a scream from the room of Izzy, a plain, mousy spinster. As people rush to the excitement, the reader sees that Izzy may be plain but she has a head on her shoulders.
She quickly figures out that the playboy shes just knocked out (with a candlestick) went to the wrong room. When the father of Eppingham Julian Rowley threatens his inheritance, Izzy realizes that nothing really happened and she takes the blame. She is instantly a fallen woman.
The next day, Julian reluctantly asks Izzy to marry him so he wont lose his inheritance. Neither wants to marry, so they create a quasi-engagement. As they get to know each other (the London Season is about to begin and they are invited to many social events), Izzy realizes that she loves Julian. It seems appropriate to call this a Cinderella story.
Julian isnt so eager to be domesticated and fights his emotional turmoil. For the first half of this book, the plot and scenes flowed into each other and it is obvious that Izzy and Julian are right for each other. They are likeable and readers will care about them.
Then there is the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING Julian and Izzy start avoiding each other. It seems that the author wanted a novel instead of a novella and she added sub-plots aplenty. Once the main characters started ignoring each other, the story fell apart for a while.
Generally, there were twists and turns so that it wasn't obvious where things were going. However, it didnt take long to surmise where the couple would live ultimately.
My rating of 4 stars is due to Julian suddenly turning into an angry man who went into rages and beat up his friend (during the middle pages). At the beginning, Julian seemed to be a lover, not a fighter and the change was obviously used as a device to create drama.
an excellent hard to find book
Wonderful story! Now I've GOT to read the newer Celeste Bradley novels, "The Liars Club" series.
Really enjoy this author. Young woman who wants to be free is caught in compromising position. Forced into an enagement to keep her reputation intact she falls in love with our hero.
When Izzy went to bed she never expected to awaken to disgrace. To the ton she was ruined, for Lord Eppingham (Julian Rowley) had been discovered in her bed. Why had she brought ruination to her name and dishonor to her family? She did not want to trap him into marriage, though she might fall in love with his golden-brown eyes, it was not what she sought. It was not fear of the ton, it had been something in his touch, in his kiss. Something drove her to protect and guard Julian.
A little on the slow side, funny but really enjoyed. Never read this authors book before but would again.
Izzy awakens to an intruder in her bed. Lord Eppingham mistaking her room for another is caught off guard and once discoved they are thrown together in tale of having to wedlock. I found this story a VERY GOOD read. I really enjoyed it and hated putting it down. I found all the characters wonderful and the little twists of miss communication made me want to scream at times, but that makes for a good story. I highly recommend this book.
I did enjoy this read, but it grated on one of my main romance novel sticking points: plain women who suddenly look beautiful. I have no problem with lovely heroines, but Izzy was 100% seen as plain by everyone including herself. You can't turn into a beauty by removing a hat and wearing prettier clothes. It helps the appearance, but it is not a guarantee for a 180 transformation.
What I love is when a hero falls in love with a plain woman and she becomes more and more lovely to him, but her appearance does not make a drastic switch from plan to beautiful. That didn't really happen in this novel, although I loved how Izzy and Julian forged a friendship before they dove straight into romance. That was sweet and worth the read.