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Very good although I have bile in my stomach throughout the book. The poor women of this time, how horrible they were treated, ill-used by everyone and how totally dependent on others they were. Heartbreaking, and very well described milieu by the writer. The heroine was one of those spunky but naive girls (17) who happens to get into trouble every other page. The hero is an extremely Ducal Duke who gets his way in everything throughout the book, to my great annoyance. His actions are not honora...
Awesome book. I love love loved it.
Хубавото на баба Джейн е, че покрай откачените си любовни истории (тази тук не прави изключение), вкарва винаги някаква друга тема. В случая това е животът на лондонските проститутки по викторианско време. Презирани, но иначе силно търсени от високопоставени и недотам господа, те започват да осъзнават, че също са човешки същества и имат някакви права - да не ги пребиват, алчните “мадам” да не им прибират всичките пари, да могат да отидат на лекар… Точно в супер благовъзпитаното викторианско обще...
What do you do when you accidentally kill your husband on your wedding night? If you are Juliana you run to London with no money, no contacts and hope you find a job. But suddenly you find yourself living in a bordello and “sold” to a Duke in a wild scheme that will actually make your life a lot better.This novel was a quick and easy read and will hold your attention. The only problem is I started to immensely dislike the “heroine”. Her decision making process left a lot to be desired and it got...
This story begins with one of the most gripping prologue's I have ever read .But sadly what began as a 5 star story could not fulfil the promise .This book was not much of a romance but something more of a vehicle for Jane Feather to write about the appaling life circumstances the women with no family or friends faced in those times ( 1750 a d )
This was a story of a woman in the 1700s England and how little choice they have. Juliana is a woman who is married to a man at least 30 years older than her. On her wedding night, something goes horribly wrong. She escapes to London, where there is not much choice for a single 17 year old woman, with the clothes on her back. Then she meets the Duke of Redmayne, Tarquin and her life takes an interesting turn. It is a very detail orientated story and I enjoyed it.
Q - Secondary Character, Lord Quentin Courtney
Feather tries to present some of the horrors women faced in London of the mid-eighteenth century, but it never quite seems real to me. For one thing, Our heroine is in a ritzy house of prostitution at one point, and is told that no one there gets the pox, or any other sexually transmitted disease, because they and their clients are all "very clean," which is just ludicrous. A hundred years later, a New York City study indicated that most prostitutes only lasted a decade or two, most of them take...
Juliana is the young bride of a grossly obese old man, who dies on their wedding night during an unsuccessful attempt to consummate the union. Thing is, when she was struggling to breathe beneath his weight, she also whacked him on the back with a hot bedwarmer, so she reckons she's going to be blamed for the death. Her erstwhile husband has an icky son who lusts after Juliana and objects to the settlement his father established for her, which he considers to be his rightful inheritance. She fig...
This book is a little bananas. Juliana thinks she kills her old husband during the consummation of their marriage, so she runs. She’s not about to be burned at the stake for something that was a total accident! Juliana is a tad naive and falls into the hands of a high end brothel owner. She receives the following proposition from the Duke of Redmayne: marry his cousin, but in name only. The cousin is dying from the pox, so the Duke is not cruel enough to force her into a real marriage with him.
I always enjoy this author when I'm in the mood for a historical romance because her characters are not weak-willed females who dither about wondering if someone loves them. Instead, she has strong female characters who find themselves in odd situations. In this novel, you will learn all about prostitution in victorian London. It is interesting and - of course - romantic.
It wasn’t bad? And the plot about essentiallyUnionizing prostitutes wasn’t bad either? Like undoubtedly trash, but very good trash to have picked up at the thrift store for a buck.
Laut Amazon habe ich mir das Buch vor 10 Jahren zugelegt, keine Ahnung ob ich das Buch damals überhaupt gelesen habe, aber es landete irgendwie auf meinem SUB wegen meines Bücher-Ausmist-Projektes.Ich wusste nur noch, dass ich etwas zwiegespalten bezüglich der Autorin war, also nicht wirklich begeistert....Und jetzt nach dem Lesen, kann ich sagen zumindest dieses Buch der Autorin ist für mich nichts.Weder der Inhalt noch der Schreibstil waren das Meine. Fast noch negativer würde ich den Schreibs...
I was looking for this in a way. I wanted an old school, high drama romance with a truly slick, borderline devilish Alpha hero. Kind of tired of these perfect beta, politically correct heroes and their sickly sweet romances for the self-insert, comfort reading crowd. But as is par for the course with these old books, the heroine is a TSTL teenager and gets into too many dumb situations for me to enjoy this. I could've maybe gritted my teeth through one dumb decision, but she made multiple and I
I never would have picked this up, but I had a challenge to read a book with the same title as one of Brad Pitt's films. This book is NOT the same as the movie. I really liked this book. It did have some problems the age difference got to me a little, the abuse of sex workers and woman in general was hard to read at times, but mostly I liked it.
At the beginning, I did not like the story. Then I started to think, is it possible that women had to live this way? Maybe they did as life was hard and often very difficult for women with no support from family or friends. Toward the end, the main characters find their way. And then troubling issues are resolved .
Good language. However, all book was about a serial of rescue operations. Hero saved heroine from dire situations five times. And heroine also saved another woman once from a possible death hole too.
TW: pedophilia / pedophilia cover upsSo here's a thought, maybe DON'T structure the plot of your romance novel around the need to cover up a pedophile in the family! First off it's morally reprehensible full stop. But at the VERY LEAST you've got to realise that leaves the reader with zero sympathy for the hero (who is attempting the cover up of his cousin)??This novel had a promising premise but I don't know if I can go much further now that I've realised that's what is at stake, because it's j...
I did not really like it :/ very enlightening about the horrors of 18th century prostitution though! the romance was not believable at all, unfortunately, but I still love you forever, Jane Feather.
Leído en Marz 2011
This book was very epic
I enjoyed reading this for a second time. Juliana lived a life of unhappiness, and married an elderly man - much to her distaste - whom she accidentally kills on her wedding night. She does the first thing that comes into hear head and runs. So begins a tale of fear, excitement, and a new world that Juliana has never experienced.Enter Tarquin, the handsome Duke of Redmayne who has a proposition for Juliana, that she seems she has no choice but to accept to assist in her escape from her past and
I'm never ever going to go against my better judgment and ignore reviews again. Seriously, the notes I made throughout this whole book mostly consists of 'stupid, stupid, STUPID'. Everyone in the book keeps going on about how smart and quick-witted the heroine is, but I failed to catch even a single example of a reasonably well-thought-out decision, much less anything particularly clever. Her lack of self-awareness is appalling; she has completely no notion of her own faults and barely grows as
Had actually read this one years ago, but as I was getting ready to list it on bookmooch I realized I didn't remember it at all so have picked it up again. My cover is a bit different but I can't seem to find my edition.Interesting. Seems I forgot this once before. This had been stored and just before making it available for trade I thought I'd read it again. I remembered having read it, but not what actually happened. Julianna is pretty irritating with her insistance on having her own way- more...
This book was a little different than what I normally read but it was better than I expected. It had a good hook to find out how the book was going to end. The book ended amazingly which was really unexpected because it didn't seem like it was going to end up the way it did. As you can tell I really liked the ending of the book. I knew that Redmayne was going to do the right thing in the end. He made the story that much better because he was a total gentlemen even though he didn't have to be but...
I am a huge romance fan. This book? EAH. I disliked the girl. She was very much 'poor pity me! Look what you did to me!' Then, she goes off trying to ignore everything the hero says, which puts her in middle of all these issues. She seriously blames the hero for letting her be kidnapped, because he knew she left his house when he told her not to. Seriously?It was an ok read- but I wouldn't recommend it.
From my previous list- book
Didn't like the plot
eh needed and epilogue. they never said the "i love you" that is typical in historical romances