Secret Valentine: a novella by Katy Madison

Secret Valentine: a novella

byKaty Madison

Kobo ebook | November 3, 2012

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The darling of the ton and women everywhere, Devin Nash, Lord Beauchamp, decides the best way to provide for his penniless, bluestocking ward is to marry her himself. She refuses. Stunned that any woman—but especially a woman with so few matrimonial prospects—could turn him down, he begins a campaign to woo her with valentines and gifts.

Unbeknownst to her guardian, who is too used to having his way and surely proposed out of pure laziness, Cecilia Clemmons is determined to make her own way in the world by crafting valentines. But when her valentines return addressed to her, she is terrified her secret is out. Worse yet, when she learns Devin is the sender, she thinks it a cruel hoax. Only the more he learns about stubborn, independent Cecilia in his efforts to buy perfect gifts for her, the more enchanting he finds her. But will she have him now, or has he botched his chances forever?

Title:Secret Valentine: a novellaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 3, 2012Publisher:Katy MadisonLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not terrible, but research needed! If this author wishes to write period-set novels and be taken seriously, she needs to research the era more strenuously. She sets the period well with such timely events and mannerisms as "the season", calling cards, footmen, and maids to help the lady dress and undress. Then she detracts from her set era by having the characters speak and think in an argot which does not reflect the time, and perform actions which simply would not have been done in the early 1800's (which is the setting of this novella, due to the use of the word "ton" which specifically refers to Britain's high society during the Georgian era, and especially the Regency period). A particularly hilarious mistake, in my opinion, is the fact the Cecilia's Valentine cards are selling in shops for up to £10, which in today's money converts to somewhere in the region of £340-420 (560-695$CAD) which is of course just ludicrous for a card, even one hand-painted on nice card stock with poems and lace. The author would have been far more credible to leave the pricing out of the story altogether. Perhaps it seems that I am focussing on the small details, but if you are going to put these small details into your book, you should at least ensure that they are correct! Overall, the story was cute and fanciful, the female character spunky and independent, and the formerly confident suitor sufficiently lacking of success in wooing his beloved to endear him the reader.
Date published: 2013-09-21