Friday, 9 February 2018


Reviewed by Charlotte.
Book Blurb:
A Runaway Bride…
Bookish, brainy Lady Olympia Hightower should be elated she's marrying the ‘catch' of several London seasons. Her large, spendthrift family certainly is! And yet, Olympia finds herself sneaking out the chapel window, in a mad, attempt to escape her glorious future as a duchess.
A Duke in Pursuit…
Virtue was NEVER a virtue for Hugh Philemon Ancaster, 7th Duke of Ripley, but even he can see his duty as best man requires him to recapture the fleeing bride, and return her to the bridegroom. But with every one of Olympia’s clever turns, he’s finding it harder to give her up.
A Matchmakers Dream…
Surely something so temptingly wrong can’t be so deliciously right?!

My Review:
Awful, absolutely awful. Bought for my birthday I thought wonderful, at last I have a Loretta Chase novel. This much lauded author stunned me with dreadful prose. It was of a literary standard reminiscent of Enid Blyton's Famous Five novels for children, no less. Can't, wouldn't, shouldn't, the glorious English formal language of the old Georgian and Victorian age was lost in crass modernism.
A hackney carriage may as well have driven up and screeched to a halt in a cloud of burnt rubber. It's that modern in tone it has not an ounce of historical merit. Give me an English author with a decent literary standard of prose and I am in heaven. This novel. The worst read to date! The male lead characters are stereotypical drunken lordly louts of the modern-day-age and the Oxford Bollinger Club. There is no doubting men did fall out of their cups in times past. Charles Dickens portrays drunken louts with great authority to the era he was accustomed to in his day. Though it can be said, Dickens - unlike Ms Chase - points to the obvious that drunkenness and bad behaviour brought about banishment from gentlemen clubs, rapidly followed by lack of invitations to social gatherings. In other words drunken lords and dukes were labelled pariah in polite society.
In the polite course of social graces young ladies were discouraged from association with undesirables. Titled and untitled louts were treated with disdain, and probably the reason why the more undesirable elite males married actresses from the world of the theatre. Then there's the Lady Olympia Hightower, what a hoot name that is, and she's suffering cold feet about marrying a duke. There the contrived conflict arises. She doesn't love him. What a surprise. No more Ms Chase for me.
So thoroughly disappointed with the novel I've no compulsion to add a sales link. What is worse I read a lovely novel with very nearly the same plot a year ago. Something stinks about this novel's story line. Too familiar throughout.