not one of her better books-also this book is set before regency times, I believe Elizabethan? The time of big hoops and powdered wigs-not my personal cup of tea. The heroine was a bit vapid, and Balogh kept using the same "slang" for that era, like Zounds and La-it became very annoying after a while.
Another brilliant Mary Balogh book. A bit different from the typical romances, Thief of Dreams goes so much further into depth of character. It'll tear at your heart, and you won't forget this story. A wonderful, wonderful story.
The book is Georgian, not Elizabethan -- roughly the same time period as Georgette Heyer's These Old Shades or TV's Garrow's Law, though I don't recall an exact year being stated. You can thank the publisher for not putting a cover on it that would have shown the characters in their setting and perhaps prevented some of the confusion.
The exclamations used by the characters were common in their day; people really did say 'zounds' (God's wounds) instead of 'wow' or 'oh ****'. One thing you can trust Mary Balogh to do is not screw up the English language :)
This book is a standalone, not related to her other two Georgian books, Heartless and Silent Melody. Although I like her Signet regencies best, her Georgians are good reads also.
On the eve of her twenty-first birthday ball,Cassandra would finally be free. Free from mourning her father's death and free to begin a new life as Countess of Worthing. She has no intention of marrying--ever. She plans to rule her land and bask in her independence. Then the dashing Nigel Wetherby arrives--and uninvited guest on the day of the ball. Nigel has plans of his own. Plans that could break her heart. At once, he is both her worst nightmare --and her dream come true.