Posts Tagged ‘Edwardian Candlelight’

My Lords, Ladies and Marjorie: Edwardian Candlelight 13

Marjorie Montmerency-Jones is an heiress – but her money comes from trade so she may not be acceptable to high society.  Marjorie herself is a very good mimic and when she has her first season she starts to imitate young women about her with results which are far from being what she intended.  She falls in love with Lord Philip but his unofficial fiancée decides to eliminate the competition – permanently.

I started off thinking Marjorie was just a stupid little girl but I gradually warmed to her and found myself positively racing through the last half of the book because I had to see how she was going to extricate herself from some very awkward situations.  In the end I was quite sorry when the book ended – so if you’re wondering whether it is worth reading after the first couple of chapters then I would say yes it is as the pace picks up and the story gets more complex and exciting.

This is a light hearted romance but it does have some deeper aspects and some interesting characters and an ending which is unexpected but plausible.  I found it an entertaining read in the end and it is only the first two or three chapters which prevented this book being a five star read in my opinion.


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Lucy: Edwardian Candlelight 12

Lucy Balfour has been appointed to a coveted job as a lady’s maid but she soon finds out that while the job may have a certain prestige amongst servants it is pretty well all work and no leisure.  The butler at the house where she is working discovers Lucy has a talent for winning at cards and tempts her to run away and make both their fortunes at the casinos.


I was a little disappointed by this story and found it didn’t hold my attention as much as other books in this series.  I enjoyed the way Edwardian society is portrayed and the story of Lucy and her skill at cards ought to have been entertaining but somehow it didn’t do it for me.  Others may enjoy it and I shall still continue to read this author’s Edwardian romances.


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Pretty Polly: Edwardian Candlelight 11

Verity lives quietly with her father in a small village near Bath.  Out of the blue she receives a letter from someone she was at school with who is now a young widow. Charlotte would like Verity to come and stay with her in London.  She has an ulterior motive in that she wants Verity to write letters to a gentleman who once proposed to her and who has recently inherited a title.  The reader can see straightaway that this is a course of action fraught with problems but how it all works out makes entertaining light reading.


The contrast between the characters of the two young women is well done with Charlotte vain and spiteful and only interested in what other people can do for her; and Verity a nice ordinary girl who when roused has a lot more spirit than might be expected.  But the character who steals the whole story is the Pretty Polly of the title – a large parrot – which attaches itself very firmly to Verity along with Charlotte’s other two pets – Peter the cat and Tray the dog.


This is an amusing book which can be read in an evening.  It is not actually set in the Edwardian era, in spite of the sub-title – it is a Regency romance.  I think something has gone amiss with the publisher’s title.


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Poppy: Edwardian Candlelight 10

Penelope Smith – always called Penny-lope – lived in Cutler’s Fields a slum area of London.  She had two younger sisters and a drunken father and a beautiful singing voice.  On the spur of the moment she decides to attend an audition and gets the part.


She hopes to make a success of her career on the theatre to give her young sisters a better start in life.  Her voice and her beauty attract the attention of many young men and Penelope – now renamed Poppy Duveen – marries Freddie Plummett because he promises to pay the outstanding rent for her father and sisters.  It’s quickly obvious she has made a bad choice.


What happens when Poppy starts moving in aristocratic circles makes an entertaining and at times poignant romance set in the Edwardian era.  There are many who wish her ill not least the Duke of Guildham’s current mistress – Freda – who sees Poppy as a rival.


I enjoyed reading this fast paced story with its background of the musical theatre and its heroes and villains.  I thought the characters were well drawn and the plot interesting.  Poppy shows a great deal of courage not just in making her own life but in looking after her sisters.  If you want a good light read to curl up with on a winter’s afternoon or evening then give this a try – or any of the books in the Edwardian Candlelight series.

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Maggie: Edwardian Candlelight 9

Maggie is treated like a chattel by her father and he hands her over to Inspector Macleod who marries her and moves her to his home Glasgow.  For a year Maggie endures his brutalities until he dies of arsenic poisoning and she is put on trial for his murder.  The Earl of Strathain who sees part of her trial doesn’t believe she is guilty.  A drunken bet forces him to ‘marry’ her and he feels duty bound to rescue her from the mob when she is not convicted of the murder.


Maggie is taken to live with the Earl’s aunt Sarah Rochester and gradually regains her health.  But a shadow continues to hang over her – who did kill her husband?  What follows is part love story and part mystery as Maggie and her friends decide there is only one way to dispel the shadow and that is to find out who did kill her husband.


I enjoyed this story even though it was much less light hearted than some in this series.  Some of the characters are very unpleasant indeed but the darkness is redeemed by Aunt Sarah who is one of those older women who M C Beaton does so well.  I liked Maggie too though sometimes I wanted to talk some sense into her.  I thought the darker side of Glasgow life at the start of the twentieth century was well done and convincing.


If you’re looking for a mystery novel with a dash of romance and some interesting characters then try ‘Maggie’.


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Sally: Edwardian Candlelight 8

Sally Blane has decided she is fed up of being acting unpaid nursemaid to her sister Emily’s unruly children.  When she sees an article in a newspaper written by a woman she decides to leave her sister’s home, take all her small savings out of the bank and find herself a job in Fleet Street.


She ends up with a job which is not quite the sort of thing she expected – she has metamorphosed into Aunt Mabel, the agony aunt.  In this role she is invited to spend a weekend at the home of a Duchess and advise her on the best way to get her son married to someone suitable.


Sally soon finds it isn’t easy to pretend to be someone else and it can lead to even more complications in her life.  I enjoyed this light entertaining story set in the glamorous Edwardian era.  Sally is a very determined young lady who refuses to see her destiny in settling down and raising a family.  I loved the eccentric house party guests and the problems which result from Sally’s disguise.


If you want a book to relax with then try this series of Edwardian Candlelight stories.  They are amusing and fast paced and have the ‘feel good factor’ ideal for dark winter evenings.

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Daisy: Edwardian Candlelight 7

Daisy Jenkins discovers that she is really The Honourable Daisy Chatterton after her aunt who has brought her up dies.  She is sent to stay with the Earl and Countess of Nottenstone but soon finds that mixing in high society is not as easy as it appears especially when everyone seems to delight in playing practical jokes on each other and the Earl is making a pass at her.  But it seems that Toby, the Duke of Oxendon is destined to be always on hand to bail her out of the scrapes she manages to get herself into.


This is a charming fast paced romance with interesting characters and a charming heroine who simply doesn’t realise how dangerous the world can be.  I liked the fact that the servants – especially Curzon the butler – play a bigger part in the story than is usual in high society romances.   It isn’t great literature but it is entertaining reading if you want a book to relax with and smile over and it will leave you feeling better about life when you have finished it.

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