Based on the family from the bestselling "Love in a Nutshell" comes the story of New York heiress Caroline Maxwell, who longs to marry for love or not at all. But it's 1894, and while Caroline's brother and his friend, Jack Culhane, are off seeing the world, she's stuck at home. Can Jack and Caroline find love, against all odds? Martin's Press.Based on the family from the bestselling "Love in a Nutshell" comes the story of New York heiress Caroline Maxwell, who longs to marry for love or not at all. But it's 1894, and while Caroline's brother and his friend, Jack Culhane, are off seeing the world, she's stuck at home. Can Jack and Caroline find love, against all odds? Martin's Press.Read Less
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Hold onto your hair ? this is Evanovich?s first foray into a real historical novel! This book opens in the New York City of 1894. It is an era of new wealth in America; young ladies are looking to marry into privileged old money (people who have been wealthy for generations) or Old World prestige (marrying one of the titled gentry of Europe).
I can?t believe Evanovich did anything more than lend her name; the story is so unlike her style. There?s none of Evanovich?s madcap style or legendary humor. This story just is. Some of the dialog is downright laughable -- and not in a good way.
I also believe that it is Dorien Kelly?s writing because the main characters, Jack and Caroline actually spend time getting to know each other before hopping into bed. It also takes them more than 10 minutes to fall in love; Evanovich would never let things stew that long.
This plot is so overworked that it is sad to see it dredged up again. Caroline?s mother and Lord Bremerton seem to be cardboard characters ? she?s too stupid to be believed and the Lord is too evil to be realistic.
The last several books I?ve read by Evanovich have been trite and corny with pitiful plots; I think I?ve read my last Evanovich book.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-10-01 The first historical romance by Evanovich and Kelly (Love in a Nutshell) shines with the glitter of New York City in "the advanced year of 1894." American heiress Caroline Maxwell doesn't want much in life, just independence and passion in a marriage. But that's too much to ask of high society, especially as her mother is set on marrying her off to a mysterious English duke. Caroline prefers her brother's close friend Jack Culhane, who's in no hurry to wed and doesn't fit her mother's idea of a husband. The authors paint a clear picture of the luxurious lives of the ultra-wealthy: cycling in Central Park, scampering around Newport's Cliff Walk, and taking tea in London's finest drawing rooms. Whether running away from her governess or from the duke, captivating Caroline maintains her feisty streak, and her straightforward character is fully fleshed out with intelligence and humor. Caroline's romantic kisses with Jack produce more sexual tension than most bodice-rippers, and an older couple's rekindled romance adds a sweet touch. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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