Beatrice can handle a troubled young duke -- but the boy's dangerously appealing cousin Devlen is another matter entirely . . .
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1 . Not Bad, but Not Fantastic
Posted July 23, 2009 by Melissa , TokyoOn the whole, the story is not bad. However, I wouldn't rate it as a 3 or above because its not the type of story that one would read over and over again, enjoying it just as much if not more on subsequent readings.
The basic story is a woman who has fallen on hard times (her parents recently died) finds herself at the local castle where she becomes employed as a governess for a seven-year-old duke. The woman ends up falling for the young duke's older cousin all the while trying to protect the child from someone who wants to kill him.
I have several issues with the story itself. While the author seems to hint at some mystery behind the woman's past, this part of the story is never fleshed out. I am perfectly fine with this character never discovering she is a long lost whatever, but if that is the case, there should be no hinting at the beginning of the story. Additionally, some parts don't seem to go with the rest, small plot parts, granted, but noticable. The woman supposidly doesn't know any of her relatives (though her parents reportedly come from large, unknown families) yet she spent the first twelve years of her life with a French-speaking Grandmother.
I also had some problems with the end of the story. The main female character's actions seem to lend to the idea that she doesn't trust the main male character. She also states that she didn't trust him for a while. Then later it becomes she had absolute trust in him. Which is it?
Overall, I would recommend reading this book from a library instead of purchasing the book because once you've read it, you will more than likely not find yourself with the urge to pick it back up again.
December 26, 2005
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