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`Download Epub á Fleeting Fancy ò Ten years after he tricked her into a false marriage, Lord Severn finds himself married once again but legitimately to Primula Greetwell Reprint 4 Intrigued and Captivated StarsThis is one confounding book But never, ever boring So many mysterious, puzzling things are happening, with multiple tracks asserting for prominence And so many characters No, the h H were not the problem and were actually a balm to a confused brain.For a portion of the book, after the prologue, I was winging it as many things went over my head but yes, things get sorted out eventually And, I love reading traditional regencies older the better for the lang 4 Intrigued and Captivated StarsThis is one confounding book But never, ever boring So many mysterious, puzzling things are happening, with multiple tracks asserting for prominence And so many characters No, the h H were not the problem and were actually a balm to a confused brain.For a portion of the book, after the prologue, I was winging it as many things went over my head but yes, things get sorted out eventually And, I love reading traditional regencies older the better for the language formal and flowery not purple, of course And this is written beautifully with a grip on the formal language that one can only admire I learnt many new words epicene, sufusc, inconnu, animadverting etc and phrases Spoilers A wagon full of characters The main player quite literally has to be the H s father, the earl Machiavelli has nothing on him For most of the book, I could not figure out if he was just plain controlling, actually villainous or was just parenting a once wild son Then, his equally clever mistress, Aspasia gets a pride of place in things Another very old Machiavellian character Baron Warltawk, the reptile mystifies by his very presence The H s valet of indeterminate origins is another colorful character.Then, a bushel full of earl s daughter and their families Georgie, the hero worshipping nephew of the H, quite ready to follow in his uncle s infamous footsteps and whom the reformed rake deigns to supervise and guide The h s friend, the almost ruined Sarah Jane, who forms the secondary couple with the young pup Many other smaller players from the ton and the demimonde Only sane people in the sec characters pantheon were the h s parents who were very tolerant, liberal, supportive of their daughter s infamy and anachronistic with it view spoiler The h H are pretty normal too, as I said Amazingly, the new leaf H is probably the most sane and likable character Their history is one wacky story though The once heartless, deplorable and villainous H fooled and used the h sexually with a false wedding a fleet marriage and then callously dumps her after a fortnight all for a lark This was the most shocking part of the story and what got me into reading the book He s shown as a young and uncaring man but he was 25 at the time to her 16 His domineering and ruthless father ships off banishes him to India for 10 long years where he becomes a better man He s only allowed to come back if he agrees to marry a girl of his father s choice sight unseen He agrees and here we are Oh and, as travel to India takes 6 months so the H reaches back home after a year meanwhile, the h makes a belated and successful come out in society gaining friends and admirers alike She becomes a favorite of the H s sisters So, she s in one happy place, deservedly so Only dark cloud is her impending nuptials and that too because her sisters in law to be keep showering her with pitying looks and skeptical comments on her doubtful happiness with their rabble rouser brother They marry Both act as if they don t recognize each other The H, all those years ago had given her a false name But she realized his identity when he was shipped off to India in disgrace, by the descriptions of him as being tall and green eyed People, at the time, knew of some misdemeanor on the H s part but not the truth The H recognizes not her face, but her name during the present wedding ceremony.The h s agreeing to the marriage was not as strange as was her initial non antagonism towards a man who betrayed her so bad and ruined her No one knew what happened to her but lot of aspersions were cast about her 15 days disappearance There was no out and out ruining No one cut her but she generally stayed away from society, even foregoing a coming out All this should have made her bitter but she s not Rather, she s friendly and so normal towards him and all her thoughts are about going out in society with her new husband here she s made a wager that she ll take her once notorious husband to Almack s So, their roles get reversed she courts society while he prefers to stay home.But, then suddenly friction appears between them as the h starts to resent what she sees as his reverting back to old ways He s only taking his nephew about or minding him, to keep him out of trouble But, there s one mention of a visit to ladies who were anything but polite society She was a fallen woman he should know he was the one who had tripped her Their marriage becomes a guessing game for them, even a game of chess as both try to speculate on the other motive for marrying and whether the other knows recognizes the other The H himself was a lost soul not knowing who he was really the rake of his youth, a East India Company man and he was burning in own hell even as his wife prejudges his intentions and actions and knows she s caught a tiger by his tail The father and his mistress, though, do not have too much of an on pages interactions but all of Aspasia s the mistress actions and thoughts are about him I like her a lot and wish the author had given her a better than a what can be called a hanging hea Her inner rumination can only be rivaled by the H s Her age is not mentioned Maybe I shouldn t mention it but at some level, my brain was pairing her up with the H Almost incestuous Sheesh The father s actions seem harsh but just I felt he was the only one who thought of the h or of making reparations to her But, then there s an undercurrent of hidden, devious and mysterious things going on As the h feels, the father son relationship is intense and acrimonious but the emotion wasnot as simple as hateThe last pages chase to catch the eloping younger couple, across England to Scotland is quite a drag and pulls down the book s intensity hide spoiler The interactions and emotions in this book are old fashioned for being overly intense and the characters leaving out the h H are too invested in other people s lives than, perhaps, they ought to be It s exhausting thinking if I had to behave that way Here, I am barely able to manage my own life.Sorry for the rambling review but I am still processing I echo the sentiments of reviewer LemontreeLime who six years ago bemoaned Rosemary Edghill s decision to write only three HRs In the interim, Edghill appears not to have been persuaded to add another title, which is a shame Edghill s three offerings are all well written and would stand head and shoulders over much being pumped out currently.I liked this one for a myriad of reasons the H was a cruel and dissolute youngster who grew up and was remorseful for his previously callous behaviour I echo the sentiments of reviewer LemontreeLime who six years ago bemoaned Rosemary Edghill s decision to write only three HRs In the interim, Edghill appears not to have been persuaded to add another title, which is a shame Edghill s three offerings are all well written and would stand head and shoulders over much being pumped out currently.I liked this one for a myriad of reasons the H was a cruel and dissolute youngster who grew up and was remorseful for his previously callous behaviour And make no mistake his behaviour was abhorrent Edghill also provides a number of side characters who added colour to the tale and one of them was my favourite the mistress of the H s Machiavellian father All three titles are available for loan at Open Library I am constantly impressed as all get out at how well Edghill s regency romances are written, and then depressed that she that doesn t write in that genre any Clever, witty, plot twists, interesting characters, Miss Austen would be very pleased And I still think these could be rewritten into plays