- Taschenbuch: 366 Seiten
- Verlag: Leisure Books (Mai 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0843951435
- ISBN-13: 978-0843951431
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,2 x 10,6 x 2,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.139.329 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Noble Destiny (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Mai 2003
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Despite her love for novels, Katie MacAlister didn t think of writing them until she was contracted to write a non-fiction book about software. MacAlister resolved to switch to fiction, where she could indulge in world building, tormenting characters, and falling madly in love with all her heroes. More than thirty books later, her novels have been translated into numerous languages, recorded as audiobooks, received several awards, and landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She also writes for the young adult audience as Katie Maxwell. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
Once Charlotte embraces the notion, one man comes to mind Alistair Macgregor, known as Dare. He 'looks well on her' - i.e. - they make a beautiful couple, he is an Earl, and he is still un married. There were sparks five years ago, and Dare likely would have offered for Charlotte, but when he inherited the Earldom, he inherited a mountain of debts that will take three life times to pay off.
In London, to see his sister Patricia married and to find financing for his marine steam engine, he was thrilled to see Charlotte again, disappointed to know he feels the same because he cannot offer for her because since he has nothing to offer a woman. Especially, he has nothing to offer Charlotte, who will need to be supported in lavish style. To his surprise, she proposes married to him!Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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The story started to get really good right about then, and I couldn't put the book down. I won't ruin a moment of it for you. I'll just say that you simply must read this book. In my opinion it's got all the elements of a great romance: humor, love, quirky characters, and a little outrageousness. I LOVED Noble Intentions, and I don't think this one is quite as good. But it doesn't miss by much! Go out and read all the Katie MacAlister books you can get your hands on! (I recommend Improper English for those of you who also read contemporaries-- most excellent!)
Alasdair McGregor aka Dare. A brilliant engineer with a tragic past.
Lady Charlotte Collins aka Abalongia aka Char. A breathtakingly beautiful (and she knows it) widow who has become a social pariah after eloping with a penniless Italian count.
Lady Caroline: Charlotte's long-suffering friend.
Lady Patricia: Dare's rather bewildered sister.
Batsfoam (yes, you read it right, Batsfoam!) Dare's long-winded valet/engineering assistant/groom/butler/confidant etc...etc...(The Regency era military equivalent was called a "Batman" I believe...hmmmm.)
I deeply dislike writing unfavorable reviews, since I somehow feel it reflects poorly on me, since I chose to purchase and read the book after all, and so I really tried to like this book. I really tried. Another thing I really, really tried hard to do was to finish it, since in all fairness, I couldn't review a novel that I had not read in its entirety.
It's worth noting that the first novel in the trio, Noble Intentions, wasn't bad---not by any means a masterpiece, but OK, amusing, well paced.
I'm not sure what happened with this one.
Where to begin...?
Ah! Charlotte, Charlotte and Charlotte. Here is a woman that makes the sound of bare nails raked across a chalkboard seem like a pleasant experience. She's shallow, selfish, arrogant, narrow-minded (though not sexually, apparently) in that she sees significance in the universe only as it relates directly to, and benefits her, and has a misappropriated vocabulary that would make a moderately intelligent seven-year-old cringe. It's as though someone told the author she had a knack for humorous prose, and she has then proceeded to try very hard (waaay too hard) to make this story funny. Although there are certainly some formulaic humorous episodes, in the style of, say, the Marx brothers or The Three Stooges, those episodes are used over and over again ad nauseum. Batsfoam's moaning, self-piteous soliloquies go on for paragraphs at a time (yes, paragraphs, and this is NOT Shakespeare) and are hopelessly redundant after the first couple of times; Charlotte's capriciousness, selfishness and inconsideration towards her new husband and his dire financial situation is not funny, it is at first annoying, and then infuriating; the infinite patience Patricia and Caroline have in remaining friends with Charlotte while she is self-centered, narcissistic and even condescending towards them...why? There is nothing to redeem this woman. I wouldn't be her friend. And poor Dare...the frequent target of Charlotte's whining...does he really love her? I didn't believe it.
Nevertheless, I plowed on, determined to finish the book so I could write this review. And finally, at Chapter 15, I began to "get it." Charlotte is SO unpleasant a character for 14 Chapters so that we readers can be stunned (at the turn of a page to Chapter 15) at the complete capitulation brought about by an "earth shattering event" (literally).
In Chapter 15, Charlotte becomes Florence Nightingale, Mother Teresa and Susan B. Anthony all rolled in one. She's now sweet, considerate, loving, self-sacrificing, a veritable lioness in the cause of her dear, beloved Dare. Hah??
Now I'm as able as any reader to suspend disbelief, and I don't mind doing so if there is--metaphorically speaking--meat and potatoes to be had in the story. I just couldn't do it for Noble Destiny. If Charlotte's epiphany had been more gradual, a process of overcoming challenges and adversity which built and improved her character over time...maybe. But one event to effect such a sudden, dire, drastic turn-around in someone's essential character? No meat and potatoes...just watered-down gruel here.
I have seen that Katie MacAlister is a prolific author in various genres, including historical romance. I'm not ready to write her off yet...but this novel feels rushed and carelessly done, as if the author had something much more interesting she wanted to get to.
I have one more of hers (notice I mentioned "trio" above?) to read, The Trouble with Harry. I have hopes...I do really try to like the ones I choose to read...
So I immediately downloaded this second book with high expectations. The book itself is ok - not as good as the first, but still fun. I enjoyed Ms. Macalister taking the tired cliche of Earl trapped by desperate damsel and turning it on its ear. It was lovely to see a hero insisting on love in his marriage...not to mention a heroine who <gasps> actually grows and matures as the book progresses!
The prose is fun as Lady Charlotte bungles the English language attempting to use words which she doesn't understands. Ms. Macalister's style is light and fun: she understands her audience and aims to please.
The problem lies within the transfer from paper to Kindle. The scanning for this leaves a great to desire: lines break inexplicably in the middle of the line and there are additional characters scattered about. Plus, the spacing between lines is so uneven that some paragraphs are squished and others are far apart. It's as if someone sloppily scanned the written page, created a PDF and then uploaded that. It's very sloppy and amateurish and, at times, detracts from the reading experience.