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Cora Downes was only a merchant's daughter. But when she saved a duke's son from drowning, her reward was entry into London high society. Then when she saved a highborn lady's poodles from disaster, she became belle of every ball. But nothing could save her from the threat of heartbreak--nothing, perhaps, except a most unlikely love....

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Number of Pages : 220 Pages
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The Famous Heroine Reviews

  • Dina
    2019-01-18 16:09

    Ms. Balogh herself says this book is a farce, so I knew beforehand I couldn't take it seriously if I intended to enjoy it.I did have fun reading it and even laughed out loud a couple of times, but there was something missing... and it was the fact that I couldn't believe that the hero and the heroine were truly in love with each other. I didn't doubt they loved each other - as friends, not as lovers. I just couldn't shake the feeling that their marriage was more like a "friends with benefits" relationship than a "love match". The fact that Francis spent the whole - and I mean, the whole - book pining for Samantha, his former love interest, didn't help matters. He only realized that he had fallen "in love" with Cora in the last chapter of the book! Sorry, but I didn't buy it.Regardless of that, I did loved Ms. Balogh's writing. She's got a knack for "transporting" me to Regency England and bringing her characters to life and, in this particular book, she kept me hooked even though I wanted to smack Francis for his constant mooning over Samantha. All things considered, Ms. Balogh's writing saved the book for me and made reading it a very enjoyable experience, despite the lack of a strong romance to support the plot. Good stuff! :)

  • Linda
    2019-01-22 18:11

    THE FAMOUS HEROINE was the fifth romance in the Stapleton-Downes series and was Lord Francis Kneller's story. At the beginning, Kneller was still having a hard time getting over his one true love, Samantha, from LORD CAREW'S BRIDE. He had proposed to her numerous times but she had always turned him down even though she dearly loved him. As. A. Friend. Instead, she happily married landscaper-extraordinaire Lord Carew.Kneller had returned to London and had been approached by the Duke of Bridgwater, another secondary character from LC'sB. He wanted Kneller to partner Miss Cora Downes on her first dance at a ball that all of them were to attend. The Duke's mother was sponsoring the young woman; she had saved her great-nephew's life. Cora, extremely rich but a tradesman's daughter, had become the lady's protégée. Her Grace was determined to find Cora a husband.Cora was Amazonian in height with large feet, attractive but not beautiful and had a habit of saying and doing things that, for lack of a better word, was non-plussed. Kneller was fascinated by Cora's common sense, her laughter and easy-going personality. Still somewhat depressed over Samantha, when he was in Miss Downes' presence his moodiness cleared.In turn, Cora had never met anyone like Lord Francis. Simply put, Kneller loved color in his wardrobe. The ton kept a careful eye on what he wore and he was emulated. The best words to describe him would be a clotheshorse, fashion plate, and a macaroni: a dandy. But not in the way you would typically think. He was also very much a man: he practiced at Gentleman Jackson's gym and had several mistresses in past years. Of course Cora did not know any of this; she innocently thought of protecting him.As I have said in some of my other reviews with this series, I highly recommend you read the books in order of sequence. Various characters are introduced and I believe most everyone would enjoy the stories if they are read in order. THE FAMOUS HEROINE was a tale of opposite's attract. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing these two good people suffer through quirky moments and eventually surrender to love.

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-02-17 20:14

    This was a lot of fun, kept me up late finishing, but had enough drawback to seriously compromise the central romance. Yes, Cora is fun and Francis is excellent and I really liked that they establish a solid grounding in friendship. I particularly liked Cora's fish-out-of-water experiences and her impulsive need to act when she perceives danger. And I even liked how she often found herself with social compromise as a result. Balogh does a good job making this flow naturally from her character without making her seem brash or stupid or manipulated or slapstick.But the central conceit in their relationship, that Cora thinks Francis is gay, is so horridly done that it kept pushing me out of the story. Cora jumps to this conclusion when she first sees him because he dresses rather flamboyantly (in a time when men's fashion trended towards sober). This has two major problems. First, Cora maintains that conclusion despite regular and pervasive evidence otherwise. So Balogh has to maintain her blindness to his sexual interest in other women, including Cora herself. Indeed, he has many very masculine pursuits that contradict her initial assumption and yet never bothers to revisit her conclusion. This takes obliviousness to the next level and there's nothing else in Cora's character to believe she's that impervious to external evidence. Indeed, she's remarkably rational in all other aspects of her character.Second, and this is far worse authorial intrusion, there are maybe a dozen times when Cora says something about Francis based on her homosexual assumption and nobody ever, ever bothers to ask her, "eh what?!?" (including Francis himself the handful of times he's the one she's talking to!!!) I might have bought once or twice, but she intimates his lack of interest in women at the drop of a hat and every single time nobody bothers to ask her for clarification. Homosexuality was a big deal at this time and deeply shameful so she was essentially lobbing great big conversational bombs and nobody even flinched. This was so unreasonable I almost want to reread it just to keep count.This weakness aside, I loved the characters and the romance. I loved seeing them develop feelings for each other that start with respect and admiration and graduate to love and trust over time. This was awesome and kept me going through the authorial intrusion idiocy.A note about Steamy: There are two or three explicit sex scenes, so the middle of my steam tolerance. That Cora's homosexual assumption survives even past the first sexy times is only further proof of how very stupidly unreasonable this idiocy persists.

  • Crista
    2019-02-08 15:48

    I really liked this book and thought that it was very funny. The writing was absolutely superb and having this been the first Mary Balogh book that I've ever read, I can't wait to read her entire backlist...(those that I can get my hands on!) I loved this heroine. She the kind of person that I'd want for a friend. She is sweet, kind, down to earth, and "calls a spade a spade". She is not a member of the ton, although her father is extremely wealthy. She saves a child from drowning and, for a reward, gets entrance to the elite society of the "titled" in order to snag a husband. She is somewhat clutsy and has a bad habit of having her mind wonder when she's supposed to be listening. I thought she was delightful and loved how she spent the greater part of the book believing her good "friend" Francis was gay! Francis dresses in flamboyant colors, is "effeminent", and very easy to talk to. He is also in love with the heroine from "Lord Carew's Bride". It's Francis who makes me not give this book a 5 star. Although I really liked how different he is from the stereotypical alpha male, he spends all his time dreaming about another woman, never really convinces me that he loves Cora, and is a lousy lover. Tell me why anyone would voluntarily like to read about disappointing sexual experiences? I just never really liked him or thought him good enough for Cora, the true gem of this story. If not for the witty, clever, and easy writing style of this talented writer, I might not have viewed this book in the favorable light that I do. I laughed and laughed and loved Cora Downes...I think you will too!

  • kris
    2019-02-07 19:17

    Francis is the son of a duke! The brother of a duke! Cora is a mess! He dances with her at a ball and they strike up a friendship! That gets rocked by ~scandal when they're caught in compromising situations that aren't actually compromising!1. I will give this book mad props for portraying a relationship that isn't angst-ridden or entirely erotic or guilty or any of those things: it's a relationship built solidly on laughter and silliness and that was so great!2. ...except that there's a subplot about how Cora thinks Francis is gay? And so she has zero sexual thoughts for him for 75% of the book? And then she falls in love with him like immediately? And while it did allow the text to challenge the "dandy = homosexual" trope that abounds, it also definitely made the relationship feel very much one of a deep and true friendship, but not necessarily one of romance or everlasting sexual devotion. There's so little physical awareness between the two of them that I was really disconcerted by what was in the text; it felt ham-fisted into the middle of things. 3. I wanted so much more of Cora's lack-of-self-confidence subplot! ESPECIALLY BECAUSE SHE SPENDS THE WHOLE BOOK LAUGHING OFF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF FRANCIS'S COMPLIMENTS, ONLY TO HAVE HIM END THE BOOK SAYING "OH, I DID NOT KNOW YOU THOUGHT YOURSELF UGLY!! SHOCKER!!" And just. If you'd actually been paying attention: NOT. A. SHOCKER. AT. ALL. 3.5. I have a lot of feelings about heroines who lack self-confidence.4. Repeating the word 'farce' or variations thereof does not a farcical novel make.

  • Katie
    2019-01-30 00:09

    Is it ethical to just copy and paste Kris's review?Specifically, this part:...except that there's a subplot about how Cora thinks Francis is gay? And so she has zero sexual thoughts for him for 75% of the book? And then she falls in love with him like immediately? And while it did allow the text to challenge the "dandy = homosexual" trope that abounds, it also definitely made the relationship feel very much one of a deep and true friendship, but not necessarily one of romance or everlasting sexual devotion. There's so little physical awareness between the two of them that I was really disconcerted by what was in the text; it felt ham-fisted into the middle of things. I think it could've worked if she only thought that for, say, 25% of the book. But it was waaaay too long. And while I don't think sexual attraction is the most important part of a romantic relationship, I DO think it's important. And Cora had so thoroughly dismissed Francis as a romantic prospect that her falling in love with him felt REALLY false.Francis's side didn't really work for me either. I do believe he was always charmed by her, but I didn't feel it go much deeper. (I guess I do at least believe they could've gotten there eventually. I just think it would've taken more time.)Anyway, done with this Balogh "series" for now, I think, though I have some interest in reading Cora's brother's book.

  • Christina
    2019-01-29 18:55

    After reading reviews I saw that this book was intended to be a little ridiculous so I took that into consideration. There are two things that slightly bothered me. The first is the "way" Cora laughed. Every time she laughed she "threw her head back". I understand it was meant to be ridiculous but JEEZ! "She threw her head back & laughed" <----you can only read this so much before you get the impression of a cackling hen. The second thing that bothered me was the fact that I really don't feel love between the characters. There COULD have been but I think Balogh gave enough time for me to believe it. Francis realized he loved her in the last few pages. He was walking with Samantha, the girl who had his heart for years, & he kept watching Cora. Good start, but I wish there would have been at least one more chapter so that he could prove, & I could believe, that he was no longer in love with Samantha & was head over heels for Cora. Heck, even in the next book when Cora is describing her marriage she says "But Francis & I are now the dearest of friends & hold each other in the deepest affection." It would have been nice for some mention of LOVE, some snap, crackle, pop...SOMETHING. Otherwise it is a slightly ridiculous, easy read.

  • Tina
    2019-01-23 18:53

    Delightful. I always enjoy books that feature an outsider as the protagonist. The person who isn't part of the norm or establishment and whose wry observations often can be used to hold a mirror up to people who are part of the establishment.This is Cora in a nutshell. She isn't part of the ton but she is embraced as one of them because she has been reared gently and saved the life of one of their own. And although she is often perplexed by the rules of polite society she learns the hard way that they must be abided. Through the course of the story, Cora comes to understand that appearances are more truth and reality. And that is a theme that underscores this story throughout.But Cora is a wonderful heroine. I always like it when Balogh gives us a fun, natural heroine, like Chris in Slightly Dangerous. Cora reminds me quite a bit of Chris.Francis Kneller, who was a fixture in the previous two books Dark Angel and Lord Carew's Bride, is the hero in this one. And I was happy to see that he was. He is a great character, a dandy with a bored drawl and a propensity for bright colors, he had fallen in love with Samantha from the previous book and didn't react to well at her rejection of him.I wondered how Balogh would deal with Francis' love for Samantha and was gratified that she didn't downplay it but allowed it to follow it's logical conclusion.i am really enjoying my foray into Balogh's backlist!

  • Twiggy
    2019-01-26 00:11

    Meet Ms Cora Downes and Lord Francis Kneller in a gently amusing regency tale. Cora is the daughter of a rich merchant who has just joined the landed classes and who having allegedly saved the duke of Bridgewater's nephew from drowning, finds herself launched into society by the Dowager Duchess, without further ado. Cora is a well intentioned and engaging character - she is enthusiastic about life and has an amusing tendency to run idea doing into scrapes in order to protect other people. She is well mannered and likeable but just a little more exuberant than what would be expected of a standard ton lady and farce tends to be close of her heels...Lord Francis for his part (who had previously featured in Lord Carew's Bride) is a bit of a Pink of the Ton and is all the rage. Alas but he is suffering from an alleged broken heart as a result of events in the previous book. Cora's first glimpse of him involves tourquoise, then lavender, pink etc and whilst she warms to him quickly and is extremely comfortable with him, all the bling and dandyism lead her to a rather unfortunate conclusion about his preferences....They find themselves in a compromising position which is not at all what it seems and are forced to marry. We then have an amusing comedy of errors whereby Francis is struggling to control his desire for his wife whereas she is informing him that it doesn't matter that he can never want her in that way. Everything works out well in the end and following a visit to Yorkshire to see the couples from the previous 2 books, Francis recognises the strength of his feelings for his own wife and we have a sweet happy ever after. Amusing light entertainment.

  • Lady Wesley
    2019-02-02 17:49

    Read as part of an ebook set: The Famous Heroine / The Plumed Bonnet.Early Balogh is not as good as later, but even so these are sweet, enjoyable stories. As I understand it, the Dark Angel series (no idea what that name is supposed to imply) is about four friends who embark upon forced, or nearly forced, marriages to women they don't love, or who don't love them. Naturally, they all end up happy. In The Famous Heroine, Cora Downes rescues a duke's young nephew from drowning in Bath and is brought to London by the grateful grandmother. Since Cora is a wealthy Bristol merchant's daughter, she is clearly out of her element, but the ton, is intrigued by her heroism (and her dowry) and is rather accepting of her anyway. Lord Francis Kneller, a friend of the duke's, agrees to help squire her about to meet an eligible husband, and they become good friends. Because Lord Francis dresses in lace and bright colors, like a dandy (a macaroni, perhaps?), while all the other gentlemen have adopted Beau Brummel's austere look, Cora assumes that he is probably a man who does not perfer women. (It's rather odd that Cora even knows about such things and that she's so accepting of him, but hey it's Romancelandia.) Purely by accident, he compromises her in public, twice, and feels honor-bound to offer for her. Why she accepts is never entirely clear, except that she likes him and enjoys his company. They hie off to the country; misunderstandings ensue; happiness results.

  • Teri-K
    2019-02-06 23:50

    It's hard for a Regency writer to make a fop into a hero. (You know, the guy who wears yellow pantaloons with matching quizzing glasses.) To my knowledge only Balogh and Heyer have managed it and both times the stories were more funny than romantic. Well Orczy does it too but there she's using it for a cover. Anyway, read this book as a farce and you'll be all right.I liked the MCs and the fact that they first became friends. They saw they good in each other that society missed and they could laugh together, which I think is important. It made sense to me that Cora wasn't intimidated by Francis, so she let him see the real her. In fact her attitude toward society was refreshing. She was nervous but at the same time she didn't see these people as better than her.The book does depend on some silly coincidences and a very quick HEA, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this quick read. It might be best to read Lord Carew first, though it's not essential.

  • LaFleurBleue
    2019-02-09 18:47

    A bit short, especially at the end.But nice and fun; one of the only romance by Mary Balogh that definitely is a comedy.I really liked both main characters : Cora the non-Lady brought in the middle of the Ton for bad reasons and Lord Francis, although his epiphany about his real feelings both for the heroine and for his former love, Samantha, could have been more striking.

  • Yui
    2019-01-22 18:56

    Like all Mary Balogh's novels this whole series is an enjoyable read but after 3books with the same theme- the trapped into marriage theme, it become tiresome. I like The Famous Heroine better than the others though because it's closest to my favorite Balogh's work though it still has it's dark moments. I realize I liked the farce better than serious and dark.

  • Jack Vasen
    2019-01-22 18:14

    My what laughter. The first part of this book is so much fun. I found myself chuckling constantly. Of course it is a satire of the ton and of high society's ridiculous notions. Cora is made out to be a fabulous heroine by London society despite the fact that her heroic deeds probably made things worse at the time. Everyone celebrates her. Of course this annoys her. She hates being the center of attention.Cora is a woman of character as Samantha, of all people, says to Francis. Cora is exactly who she wants to be. She has no pretentions. It is somewhat contradictory that she repeatedly tells herself that Francis must not like her, even that he must hate her. I find it difficult to believe that a woman who is so confident in her own skin as Cora is, can also be so insecure. Perhaps it is due to the culture of the era which must be totally bred into her. Otherwise, she is not only a woman of character, but she is delightful and funny.Francis is a good chap. He quickly becomes protective of her. But he appreciates her joy of life.Toward the second half of the book I started to wonder what ending could live up to Balogh's talent at producing wonderful endings. The book slowed down a little as there was less humor and more of everyday life. But Balogh did not disappoint. It was quick, but effective.As usual there is some steam, but mild steam. Once again there are some fists thrown and other mild violence.

  • Lu
    2019-02-17 20:08

    Sweet story of a couple with nothing in common but what really matters.She is a merchant daughter. He is a duke's younger son.She was a heroine and in exchange got an introduction to society. He tried to help her, but never considered to court her.They could laugh together, and became very good friends.Friendship turned into love, but thinks were so very complicated.Good read.

  • Pat
    2019-02-01 18:05

    Maybe the heroine was a little slow on the uptake, but still a good read.

  • Chetan Shet
    2019-02-07 22:15

    It was good book, can read it once.

  • Maggie
    2019-02-11 00:16

    Cute story.

  • Sue
    2019-01-18 22:09

    I like that Balogh introduces the idea of homosexuality and how it was perceived at the time.

  • Cruth
    2019-02-09 18:55

    Author: Mary BaloghFirst published: 1996Length: 242 pagesSetting: London and surrounds. RegencySex: Only a couple of times. Fade to black. First time ordinary, unsatisfactory for h.Hero: Brother to a Duke. A bit of a fop. Unrequited love for another.Heroine: Heiress. Clumsy. Tall.Almost Cheating: Francis has "loved" Samantha (from Lord Carew's Bride) for many years. While courting Cora and even in the lead up to the wedding he feels some disloyalty to Samantha and believes himself to still be in love.Trigger: While she isn't depressed or suicidal, Cora spends an inordinate amount of time wishing she could die when embarrassed or mortified. It's a throw-away comment but, sadly, could be a trigger for some readers.A bit of a mixed feeling. Fun characters and a good story. But the unrequited love (view spoiler)[that was not resolved until the very end (hide spoiler)] left me cold.The story makes sense. It works. But it is a challenging HEA - finding love where neither expected it.What more did I want? Probably grovel. And yet it didn't need it.As I said, mixed feelings.Stapleton-Downes series:The Ideal Wife - Miles Ripley, Earl of Severn and Abigail GardinerA Precious Jewel - Sir Gerald Stapleton and Priscilla WentworthDark Angel - Jennifer Winwood and Gabriel, Earl of ThornhillLord Carew's Bride - Samantha Newman and Marquess of CarewThe Famous Heroine - Lord Francis Kneller and Cora DownesThe Plumed Bonnet - Stephanie Gray and Duke of BridgwaterA Christmas Bride - Edgar Downes and Helena, Lady StapletonReferences:Author's website: http://www.marybalogh.com(read in The Famous Heroine / The Plumed Bonnet, ISBN 978044024538)-CR-

  • Jo
    2019-02-16 00:03

    It started out great. The hero was flamboyant and easygoing while nursing a secret heartbreak, and the heroine was refreshingly outspoken. Things deteriorated in the last 40% when the heroine kept making childish mistakes. Once should be enough to learn your lesson, Cora. If you keep being impulsive and making stupid decisions in the process, you're going to lose my interest.

  • Amarilli Settantatre
    2019-02-03 16:47

    da www.sognipensieriparole.comSempre per la serie Dark Angel (ovvero “Come ti incastro il Lord”), ecco finalmente il ritorno di Francis, figlio e fratello di un duca, estroso e simpatico gentiluomo che avevamo conosciuto in precedenza come sfortunato corteggiatore di Samantha (che gli aveva preferito lo zoppo Lord Carew, lasciandolo a bocca asciutta).Francis ha un debole per le giacche dai colori vistosi e per l’abbigliamento un po’ eccentrico, ragion per cui viene subito etichettato dalla borghese e concreta Cora come un “pavone turchese” nonché come un uomo dai gusti sessuali certamente non tradizionali e parecchio effemminato. Insomma, lei non lo considera un pericolo, lui nemmeno e si affanna a trovarle dei corteggiatori, senza accorgersi di giocare sul filo del baratro con le convenzioni sociali dell’epoca.Anche qui nozze forzate in tutta fretta e un amore da costruire per il futuro, specie se i due sono ancora preda dei reciproci equivoci.Un romanzo brioso, romantico al punto giusto, con punte di divertimento nelle varie occasioni in cui Cora si ritrova a calarsi nel ruolo inaspettato di eroina pasticciona.L’unico neo sono le scene della prima notte di nozze, che in questa serie sembrano davvero costruite con lo stampino, tanto sono identiche e abbastanza apatiche.

  • Thenia
    2019-01-23 21:04

    Despite Cora's idiotic assumption about Francis, she isn't an idiot herself. She's just incredibly naive and sheltered. She's got a mind of her own and doesn't accept the rules that the ton lives by if she finds them unreasonable and good for her!I loved her family and their affection toward one another is enviable!Francis on the other hand, has to overcome his disappointment over Samantha and is in desperate need of some distraction, which Cora provides generously and unwittingly. They work well together and their feelings grow steadily and naturally, instead of just snapping into existence out of nowhere.The rationality of both our main heroes (even when they were misguided) is refreshing.The next book is Alistair, Duke of Bridgewater's story. I'm curious to see how the man who swore off marriage and love will deal with romance.

  • Sm
    2019-02-13 20:50

    this story was amusing enough, in a "are they seriously this ridiculous?" (and maybe not all in a kind way ...)Cora and Francis are in their own world, each individually while sharing the same general spaceit's not until the book is nearly over that they both start to realize, "oh, hey, I might actually like-like this person that's been amusing me and making me laugh all along"of course, it was great once they got to that point and it pulled at my heartstrings (not too much angst, just a little non-communication and each thinking their own thing and assuming what the other was thinking, y'know the usual)obviously, the story kept me entertained enough to keep reading, but I had a few too many "then why are you still hanging out with each other?!?!" moments

  • Michelle Robinson
    2019-01-22 16:48

    This is a wonderful novel filled with humor, which is not overdone, it comes across as humorous and light. I find that Cora is one of my favorite heroines she is forthright and real. I like that she and Francis are honest wih each other and come to love each other over time and in a way that feels authentic I really liked this couple and hated when I came to the end of the novel. It has been quite some time since I read "Dark Angel" so, I did not remember all of the details of that novel but it is not necessary to have read the others in this series to enjoy this one, fortunately.This is a sweet short love story. I have read books where others have tried and failed to add the type of humor Balogh does in this novel. Balogh does it with ease.

  • Christine
    2019-02-16 23:58

    This is a fun story that I've actually read twice now -- it's just such a quick read that may become one of those cozies I fall back on when I'm in the mood. It takes all of 2 hours to read from start to finish. About the length of a movie. :)My only little complaint (and the reason this didn't get 5 stars) was that I felt it ended abruptly. There were some real (and in one case amusing) reasons that the two didn't get together until the end, but once they got to that point I thought it all just kind of came together very quickly and then ended. Not that anything was unresolved -- just that I wouldn't have minded some one-paragraph resolutions expanding into chapters. Still, I do recommend if you like Regency and are looking for a fun, quick read.

  • Donna
    2019-02-11 16:12

    I read this in the two-novel volume with The Plumed Bonnet and I feel like I could just copy and paste my review of The Plumed Bonnet here. I liked this one slightly less than I did the other one and I didn't really love either Cora or Francis. This novel had more humor than the other one but the romance was slightly less satisfying. I have the same negative, I didn't like the lengthy misunderstanding between the couple about how they really feel about each other. I want to shake them and say "Why won't you just talk to each other?" I really felt the age of this one, I like her recent works much better!

  • Cindy
    2019-02-08 22:52

    The Famous Heroine - 4 stars. This was an enjoyable story! It takes place a few weeks after "Lord Carew". Francis is depressed that Samantha has married Hartley. He agrees to help out a mutual friend by ensuring the heroine who saved his nephew is brought out in society. Cora is the daughter of a merchant & is sure her place isn't in the haut ton. Francis likes her though & spends some time getting to know her. After a couple of indiscretions that were brought about by accident, they are compelled to marry. I like both Francis & Cora. Her assumption about Francis' sexual orientation was typical of her & very funny. At least Francis has a sense of humor!

  • Dancer
    2019-01-25 23:56

    Entering high society after rescuing a duke's son, merchant's daughter Cora Downes feels like a fish out of water, which is complicated by a misunderstanding that results in her engagement to blueblood Francis Kneller.Both the story line and the characterization are too cliche. Perhaps, when Ms. Balogh first released this book in 1996, it was "new," but the idea that Francis Kneller is "gay" because he wears bright colors is so outdated for 2012. I MADE myself finish this book, but it took weeks. That is quite unusual for me and, especially, for me and a Mary Balogh book.

  • Raj
    2019-02-15 21:13

    Oh, so funny! This was a very different heroine. Usually the heroine right away feels an attraction towards the hero but Cora, oh dear Cora, was hilarious. She never saw herself with Francis and when they got married I was beside myself with laughing and what she thought Francis was. Francis was the most metrosexual character I've ever read. Usually the hero is well adjusted in his sexuality but Francis proves them all wrong with his pink and yellow coloured coats! Personally I would never be able to be with someone with clothes brighter than mine.