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A daring girl often called the "duchess of Magnus" used to be wagered—and won—in a card video game. however the lady who arrived was once her shy, quiet cousin Eleanor.
Eleanor de Lacy should have been mad to comply with alternate identities along with her stronger-willed cousin. She may by no means persuade Remington Knight of the folly of this union—especially because the guy appeared so made up our minds for it to ensue. Worse nonetheless, she unearths Remington dazzlingly attractive—and she's charmed by way of his makes an attempt to seduce her, even if he believes she is already his. but when he ever learns of Eleanor's deception, this bold rogue will wreak havoc. .. upon her attractiveness and her middle.
Remington had anticipated a haughty, unbending aristocrat who may determine his front into reliable society. yet this "duchess" is a such a lot friendly surprise—modest, warm-hearted, endearingly awkward, and a pride to the attention. in brief, she is strictly this sort of bride Remington may fall passionately, thoroughly in love with. .. if he weren't so motive on his revenge.
She's determined for peace and protection. .. Lucinda, girl Denbigh, is operating from a husband who bodily and emotionally abuses her simply because she is unfashionably plump and has didn't produce an inheritor. Posing as a widow, she seeks shelter within the quiet nation-state. .. he is back from the wars, wounded and tormented.
"Highly enjoyable. .. I felt absolutely immersed within the period of time, because of the author's realization to aspect. it's a actual credits to Ms. Lathan that her storytelling variety is in response to the writer of the paintings that encouraged this novel. good performed! " Romance Reader at middle past delight and Prejudice…Beyond 'I Do'… Darcy and Lizzy enterprise clear of Pemberley to trip via England, discovering neighbors, family members, enjoyable, love, and an excellent deeper and extra sacred bond alongside the best way.
If Chrissie Hayward knew that morning she'd be going again in time to rescue her loopy coworker Kat, she'd have worn greater sneakers. Doubly so if she'd anticipated to fulfill her real love. in keeping with the mysterious gypsy, Chrissie was once the "gentle soul who could tame an outlaw's thirst for revenge" -- aka the genuine Robin Hood.
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These persons and situations are also herself, Iris Murdoch, in that they disclose the inner workings, passions and compulsions of her own mind. None of them appears on the surface of our daily life; but I, like all her readers, have come to recognise and to love the depth and inwardness of her spirit and personality, revealed in her novels. My own case is, to put it mildly, somewhat different. I am a teacher and critic by trade, having become both by a stroke of luck w h e n I was about twenty-eight years old.
Indeed, it is the critic's task to show us why the people who make these mistakes are mistaken. Well then, what about cases where we understand something in the book that the author himself simply doesn't understand, where coming a century or two later, we are several steps ahead of him? Some theme or some quirk of character that he takes for Casaubon's Syndrome, or Reader Rampant 41 granted as part of the human condition we see as conditioned by the assumptions of his time - assumptions about class or colonialism or gender, say.
There is still plenty of escapism about, but it's seldom called that any more: the term has gone out of fashion. Harmless old-fashioned escapism has usually been replaced today by various sorts of addiction, some of them far from harmless. It's quite difficult to remember now the social and temporal climate in which books, like knitting or singing round the piano, were the normal thing, even the drab usual daily thing, the thing everyone took for granted. In a quaint little compendium on 'What to Read and Why' the novelist Arnold Bennett took it for granted that everyone read, even read for a good number of hours a week.