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Jude Morgan


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28. November 2006
When your father is a man of expensive tastes and schemes but very little money, you soon learn to make do. So when Captain Fortune, a well-meaning but profligate ex-soldier in Regency England, tells his daughter Caroline that they are ruined, she automatically starts seeking employment as a governess. Her father, however, has far grander designs for Miss Fortune.…
Caro is to become the companion of Mrs. Catling, the rich, fierce widow of her father's old colonel. As Mrs. Catling amuses herself by tormenting her relatives and servants, Caro resolves to make the best of the situation, and soon her beauty and intelligence attract the attentions of male admirers.
Surrounded by people with an alarming readiness to reveal each other's confidences, Caroline is exasperated to find herself implicated in their indiscretions. But will Miss Fortune be able to avoid losing her reputation without losing her head? And will she find at least one good man amongst the genteel set who will take her side, and, indeed, her fancy?

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"This lustrous historical romance…captures the spirit of early nineteenth-century Britain through the extraordinary lives of the wives and lovers of its greatest poets." ---Entertainment Weekly (editor's choice, Grade A)
 
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"Whether historical or romantic fiction, or a melding of the two, this is a sensational story of money, marriage, and, above all, high-wrought emotion…. A sprightly, intelligent romp." ---Kirkus Reviews
 
"The wealth of detail and Morgan's amazing ability to re-create what these women might have thought and felt are worth savoring…. The novel encompasses enough love affairs and tragedy for a dozen bodice-rippers, without ever losing its clear-eyed intelligence…. Passion more than lives up to its title."
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When Caroline Fortune's prodigal father loses all they possess, he arranges for his daughter to become the companion of the formidable (but extremely wealthy and childless) Mrs Catling. Although uncomfortable with the plan Caroline resolves to make the most of this introduction to polite society, and her beauty and intelligence soon attract many admirers. But, much to her dismay, she is just as quick to realise that love and romance are not what some 'gentlemen' seek and finds herself unjustly implicated in their indiscretions. Exasperated by her predicament can Miss Fortune retain her reputation without losing her head And will she discover that there is at least one good man who is more than willing to take her side and, indeed, her fancy -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you like Georgette Heyer... 28. Januar 2006
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Very good book in the style of Georgette Heyer, very engaging characters and a charming heroine. A true regency novel with a good plot and a pretty ending.

"When Caroline Fortune's prodigal father loses all they possess, he arranges for his daughter to become the companion of the formidable Mrs Catling. Although uncomfortable with the plan, Caroline resolves to make the most of this introduction to polite society, and her beauty and intelligence soon attract many admirers. But, much to her dismay, she is just a quick to realize that love and romance are not what some `gentlemen' seek and finds herself unjustly complicated in their indiscretions. Exasperated by her predicament, can Miss Fortune retain her reputation without losing her head and her heart?" BACK COVER
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Delightful Regency-era romantic comedy 1. Dezember 2007
Von N. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is more adeptly and enjoyably written than the majority of recent works exploring middle-class Regency romances from an Austen-esque perspective. It most closely resembles Pride and Prejudice, with flavorful dashes of Sense and Sensibility and even, in some details, Persuasion, thrown in.

The author aims for stingingly witty parlor repartee enhanced with trenchant social observation; I would say he succeeds in the former more or less most of the time, although several exchanges late in the book between Caroline Fortune and her love-interest grow a bit forced in their unflagging attempts at humor.

I give the author major points for a leading man that is, at least in personality and speech (though not in the expected familial pedigree and level of solvency), quite enjoyably different from most other contemporary authors' Darcy-type love interests. And Caroline herself is well-developed as a character.

The author tries to differentiate several secondary characters--Uncle John, Mr Downey, Mrs Catling, Miss Downey, and Mr Leabrook--from their nearest Austen counterparts Mr Collins (P&P); Lady Catherine (P&P); Mary Crawford (Mansfield Park), and Mr Crawford (MP)/Mr Wickham (P&P), respectively. Surprisingly, he largely succeeds; each of Morgan's characters is just different enough to pass for distinctive--for example, Morgan's Mr. Downey shares Mr Collins' slavish devotion to an aging benefactress, but while the latter is the pompous, self-deluded comic relief, the former is characterized as variously good natured and moodily intense, with mercurial fits of anger and despair.

I have two problems with this novel, but they by no means overshadow the book's overall excellence: First, the several present-tense passages Morgan inserts, bizarrely, into scenes throughout the book. This is not only confusing in that it interrupts the flow of the scenes both plot-wise and stylistically, but is self-conscisouly "literary" to an unacceptable degree. Thankfully, the reader runs into such passages only half a dozen times throughout the work.

Secondly and more importantly, I feel the resolution of Caroline's romantic attachment--which has been built up incrementally with skillful intensity over the narrative's course--is painfully, almost absurdly brief, given the fact that this is a romantic comedy. Both elements of this genre must be balanced, as Austen demonstrates so well in P&P and Persuasion, two novels that are comedic throughout but linger appropriately--in final chapters--on the romantic denoument, with the heroine and her love interest given several pages to reflect on their past prejudices and current attachments. In contrast, Morgan's lovers are given short shrift: less than two pages (the last ones) over which they come to a hurried understanding, and these pages on the tail-end of a breathless, multiple-chapter expedition involving a runaway seducer and seducee, an undercover sting, and a wrap-up scene with Mr Downey that resolves several other plot points in a page or two.

This book's level of quality--and the level of enjoyment it engenders in its readers--really deserves a more carefully crafted and satisfying ending. However, do not let that stop you from picking up Indiscretion.
If you love Jane Austen-style Regency rom-coms but have been disappointed with some of the recent entries in the genre, look no further.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thoroughly Delightful 14. Juni 2006
Von K. S. Scott - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a Regency style novel written with intelligence and wit. Miss Fortune, the heroine of the story, reveals, through her words and thoughts, delightful, wise, laugh-out-loud funny, and sometimes very poignant insights into the human heart. I highly recommend the book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding regency-set novel - a wonderful read! 3. August 2006
Von Susan Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is an exceptional novel: one that surprised me and pleased me very much. I have been trying to think how to categorise it but, in the end, had to fall back on the term "pastiche". Jude Morgan has written a charming, well-crafted novel set in Regency England that calls to mind some of Georgette Heyer's early work as well as Jane Austen.

Briefly, the story is about a young woman, brought up by an invalided army officer who made a runaway marriage with a girl who was subsequently disowned by her parents. Now fallen on hard times, through his own faults of gambling and lack of business acumen, Capt Fortune finds his daughter Caroline a place as a companion to the widow of his late colonel.

Mrs Catling is a difficult, selfish and manipulative woman who has nothing better to do in life than belittle others, annoy her relatives and pull monetary strings to suit her own whims. Settling down in Brighton with her, Caroline Fortune rubs along reasonably well, meeting Mrs Catling's niece and nephew, Miss and Mr Downey, and their friend Mr Richard Leabrook.

Events take a radical turn, however, when Caroline is dismissed for the temerity of wanting to attend her father's funeral. Nonetheless, this is a good thing for Caroline is taken under the wing of her late mother's sister and begins another chapter of life in a new setting. However, the Downeys and Mr Leabrook re-enter her life in due course along with new friends who include the irascible Mr Stephen Milner and his sweet and delightful sister Isabella.

If I say anything more about the plot I would be providing spoilers. Suffice it to say that events in the story move forward at a cracking pace and the reader begins to see that no one is exactly who we think they are and life is full of surprises.

What I really liked about this novel was the fact that it seemed to move with a stately pace, despite a lot of action, due to the grammar, syntax, punctuation and dialogue provided by the writer. Sometimes almost archaic, the author's style was, nonetheless, extremely readable and added greatly to the mood, tone and atmosphere of the novel.

I recommend this novel highly; it was a great pleasure to read. The author is a man and I congratulate him on his great skill in getting inside the heads of his female characters in a novel that is so romantic and feminine. His observations on setting, dialogue, clothing, manner, language are brilliantly realised.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Night Owl Romance Review - 3/5 by Julia 18. Juni 2008
Von Tammie King - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Miss Caroline Fortune has the perfect right to question the aptness of her surname. Her mother, born into landed gentry, started the downward trend when she married a charming wastrel of a soldier, being disowned by her family as a result. The mishaps only escalated after the untimely death of her mother. Growing up in her father's wake, Caroline learned from an early age to dissemble, dodge, make do, and generally get by on what she could cobble together. Finally, when he loses even their last few pounds of rent money, she hires on as companion to the irascible Mrs. Catling, a wealthy widow whose joys in life seem to come mostly from creating misery in the lives of all who know her. In spite of her employer's difficult nature, though, Caroline gets along reasonably well, even becoming friendly acquaintances with Mrs. Catling's beleaguered niece and nephew, and their friends. Until the day, that is, when she is fired for expecting a day off to attend her father's funeral. Fortunately for Miss Fortune (I couldn't help myself), her aunt and uncle (her mother's sister) have finally tracked her down, and are delighted to clasp her to the bosom of their family. This begins a new chapter in Caroline's life, one which will eventually sort out good friends from bad, and lead her to relationships she never thought she would have.

Indiscretion is a charming piece of Regency parlor comedy and romance, very much in the style of Jane Austen. With the exception of 2 or 3 brief sections where the author inexplicably changes to present tense--which I found confusing and irritating--the narrative flows along as smoothly and gracefully as a river through the English countryside, and the dialogue is full of Regency wit and manners. My only other caveats would be what I felt was a somewhat rushed ending, and the fact that, although this is listed as a romance, there is little romantic action (in the modern sense) in the story.

If you particularly enjoyed Georgette Heyer's early work, if you always wished Jane Austen had written more than six novels, give Indiscretion a try. While it won't be to everyone's taste, serious aficionados of Regency fiction should be well satisfied by it.

© Night Owl Romance 2008
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