I love Jane Feather. This was not one of her best efforts. The lack of chemistry between the protagonists was disappointing. The premise of the story was based on a lie even though for a good purpose. And then all of a sudden it ended. Very unsatisfying. Nonetheless, I will read the rest of the series.
I dont read with writing a review in mind, but I disagreed with a couple of the reviewers here who really disliked the bookI thought it deserved a little better--so here goes.
What I liked: I loved Jasper and his caustic sense of humor, and I found the attraction between him and Clarissa believable. Clarissa was a little naïve and lacking in common sense, but to be fair, she was very young (20) and had led an innocent and protected life until circumstances demanded action on her part. Her heart was in the right place and she acted bravely (if at times a little foolishly) and she persevered. I also liked Jaspers brothers and their relationships with him and each other, which made me want to read their stories.
The story flowed well enough, although I grant the premise is a little far-fetched. Still not really sure I believe the explanation of Lord Bradleys conditions for his nephews inheritance. Maybe theres a real reason that will be revealed in the final book of the trilogy.
I love Jane Feather--her books fall into two general categories for me: wonderful fairly light-hearted yarns with dueling protagonists like Vixen and Virtue, and more serious adventures with strong female leads like Bold Destiny and Beloved Enemy. This one falls into the lighthearted yarn category for me. So far the series is not my favorite Feather (preferred the Duncan Sisters/Matchmaker trilogy), but it is well-written (as always with Jane Feather), historically accurate enough for the genre, and entertaining. I rate books according to the genre (historical romance is rarely great literature, but thats not why I read it). For a historical romance, I gave it 4 stars.
Another great book that will anchant readers about rescuing a fallen woman in order to collect one's inheritance. Quite a story.