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Book Title: The Dark Earl|
The author of the book: Virginia Henley
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780451234643
The size of the: 34.97 MB
Date of issue: September 6th 2011
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Historical Romance -Sept. 6th, 2011
Thanks to his father, the Earl of Lichfield, Thomas Anson watches as everything in Shugborough is auctioned off and the family’s hunting lodge nearby burned to the ground for insurance money. Angry and bitter, he vows to restore Shugborough back to its former glory no matter the cost. When he meets the precocious and willful Harry (Harriet’s nickname) daughter of the Duke of Abercorn, he realized that she is his solution. Harry comes with a considerable dowry and is extremely beautiful as well. But Harry will not marry for anything less than love. She wants what her parents have - a loving marriage. Can Thomas give her his heart?
This book reminds me a lot of Whitney My Love and other romance novels from the late 80’s. The writing style is definitely sparser and much more straightforward than the current style, which I prefer. Also, the heroine reminds me of Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind - she’s drop-dead beautiful, very headstrong, very stubborn, and very proud. As much as I admire how she deals with her sister’s and former suitor’s betrayal, I find it hard to relate or like Harry. She’s too different, too out there, and too perfect. The only way I can describe her is that she is the ideal heroine from the last decade. Thomas Anson is very detached and focused. He just wants Shugborough back and Harry is the means to an end. It takes him a long time to realize that he loves Harry very much, which cause problems between Harry and Thomas. The main conflict between the two characters is very soap-operatic. You can definitely see trouble coming from far away.
Formulaic and with a different writing style, this book is recommended for those who love
the sweeping romances of the 80’s.
Reviewed by Pauline from the Bookaholics Romance Club
Read information about the authorVirginia Syddall was born on December 5, 1935 in England, where her father, Thomas Syddall, taught her to love history. She obtained a degree in History in the University. In 1956, Virginia married Arthur Henley. They moved to America, and now they live most of the year in St. Petersburg, Florida, and they spend the hot summers in Ontario, Canada, where they have their two adult children and three grandsons.
Virginia Henley is a New York Times bestselling writer of historical novels. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of more than a dozen writing awards, including a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award, a Waldenbooks' Bestselling Award, and a Maggie Award for Excellence from the Georgia Romance Writers.
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