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Lady Francesca de Lisle outrages the Winchester elite when, under thepenname of Lady Alethia, she writes a column for the local newspaperdescribing the antics, rivalries, and peccadilloes of the most prominentsocial families.


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Lady Francesca de Lisle outrages the Winchester elite when, under thepenname of Lady Alethia, she writes a column for the local newspaperdescribing the antics, rivalries, and peccadilloes of the most prominentsocial families.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Lady Francesca De Lisle has just ridden a long ways and all she wants is to bathe in a pond. The owner of said pond, Aidan Langley, the Duke of Wexford, is furious when he discovers Francesca bathing. He is not angry at her trespassing but angry because he doesn't want her scaring his trout fry. After a battle of wills, he invites her to breakfast with him and offers to escort her to her Aunt, Lady Cecilia Rothersay's home in Winchester. Francesca wants to show she is independent and no high han Lady Francesca De Lisle has just ridden a long ways and all she wants is to bathe in a pond. The owner of said pond, Aidan Langley, the Duke of Wexford, is furious when he discovers Francesca bathing. He is not angry at her trespassing but angry because he doesn't want her scaring his trout fry. After a battle of wills, he invites her to breakfast with him and offers to escort her to her Aunt, Lady Cecilia Rothersay's home in Winchester. Francesca wants to show she is independent and no high handed Duke can tell HER what to do, so off she rides to Winchester well ahead of the Duke. She quickly comes to understand that the Duke knew all too well her aunt's love of consequence and hasty temper. Lady Rothersay is one of six the Winchester elite in possession of gold goblets presented by King Charles II. She is engaged in a battle with her rival for the status of leading society hostess. When her rival lands a Viscount for her only daughter, Aunt Cecilia decides she needs to aim higher for her only daughter Aithne. She'll pass the sickly Viscount she had in mind on to Francesca and snare the Duke for Aithne. Francesca intends to pretend to submit docilely to her aunt's commands while discouraging the Viscount and his horrid Mama. When the situation becomes intolerable, she takes Sir Peter Jamieson, the newspaper editor's offer of a job writing a gossip column. As Lady Alethia, Francesca skewers the foibles of the Winchester elite in hopes of making them see how ridiculous they are. The only thing that stands in her way is the insufferable Duke. Wherever she goes in Winchester society, there he is teasing her, tormenting her and finally kissing her senseless. If she can avoid a scandal, she will still return home unwed and now unhappy for she has lost her heart at last. I really wanted to like this book. I have liked similar plots in the past and enjoy a good push-pull relationship with witty banter. This book lacks just about anything enjoyable. The characters are all extremely unlikeable, with the exception of Aithne. At first I did not like her because she was so submissive and empty headed, but then I grew to like her because she was the only one who showed any character growth. I liked Evelina too. She defines convention at times but she understands when to back off. She loves her husband and he adores her. I would have prefered them as the hero and heroine. Francesca is a hoyden whose behavior would put her beyond the pale. I admired her for speaking her mind, but she went a bit too far with her bad behavior. She rides alone; trespasses; dines alone with the hero despite the fact his sister lives nearby; gets in a carriage with a man alone; has clandestine meetings with her employer alone and finally does something to get gossip that puts her reputation and her life in danger. The hero is even worse. I don't think I have ever hated a hero more. He is arrogant, high-handed, demanding and rude. He walks the line between wanting to check Francesca's behavior and enjoying her as she is. His kisses are angry and passionate. He's commanding with her and kisses her senseless so she will shut up and promise to behave. She knows he won't ever order her to do anything she doesn't want to do and some of his comments are supposed to be teasing. He has a strange sense of humor. I did not enjoy his idea of a joke and found his behavior bullying. Lady Rothersay is not only a bully, she's abusive as well. I was utterly horrified at the way she behaved to her daughter and especially towards Francesca. She doesn't show any remorse or exhibit any changes in behavior by the end of the book. Sir Peter is reckless and heedless. I wanted to like him at first but he annoyed me later on. I wish there was more of him in the book because we're told he has good qualities but she don't get to see them much. The plot should have been funny, but was not because of all the bullying. It also has really dark undertones. In addition to the bullying aunt and catty society ladies, there's a lady who tries to kill herself more than once. The plot takes a melodramatic turn towards the end. The villain's motivation seems silly and it's resolved too easily. Couldn't someone have informed Bow Street?! The romance should be fun but it's not. I don't get any feelings of love between Francesca and the Duke. I think they're supposed to be like Elizabeth and Darcy but they're not. The story is told from Francesca's point-of-view. There's nothing romantic about the relationship. Francesca burns with love for the Duke after he kisses her. The secondary romance sounded much better but happens off page. The author was an older lady who wrote for pleasure not to be published so she probably had a different view of a romantic relationship than those of us living post-women's rights. It still doesn't excuse the fact that someone thought this book should be published, even in 1982. Stay away from this author at all costs if you are a woman with any sort of self respect.

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