Thursday, April 7, 2011

The lady most likely... by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie Brockway

A lifetime of Georgette Heyer fandom (and, ashamedly, a brief fling with Barbara Cartland) has left me susceptible to Regency romances. What is it about that period that is so appealing?

Quick plot summary: Lord Hugh figures it’s time to get married and, seeing as he’s much more interested in raising and training horses than hanging out in social gatherings, he asks his sister to compile a list of likely ladies. After giggling and teasing him, said sister obliges and organises a post-Season house party so he has a chance with them. She also invites other eligible gentlemen, to balance out the numbers.

What follows is an attack of Cupid. By the end of the house party there are three newly engaged couples. Two sets of couples have a past – old childhood friends.

This is an engaging read, with humour and great characters – the sort of people you wouldn’t mind hanging out with. The characters have relationships with their family – which appeals to me, as someone who spends a lot of time with my family. It has the added benefit of trying to figure out how the three different authors melded their work into one novel – yes, it is one novel, not an anthology. Who wrote what? Did they *own* individual couples?

Oh, and it’s the sort of book you could recommend to your mum – not too steamy.

If you like this book then try:

Well, books by the individual authors... but, my best recommendations are:

  • The Bridgeton books (all eight of them) by Julia Quinn, starting with The Duke and I.
  • Ten things I love about you by Julia Quinn.
  • Nine rules to break when romancing a rake by Sarah MacLean.
  • The liar’s club series by Celeste Bradley, starting with The pretender.
Reviewed by Thalia.

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