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Book Title: Sugarplum Surprises|
The size of the: 3.65 MB
Date of issue: November 1st 2001
The author of the book: Elisabeth Fairchild
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780451204219
Read full description of the books Sugarplum Surprises:2,5 Stars
Mini-review, not much to say about this average Traditional Regency where Miss Jane Nichol, the heroine, in order to escape an arranged marriage to a sleazy old baron lives the life of a French modiste under false identity and happens to attract the attention of the Duke of Chandrose, who's enjoying the Christmas Season in Bath after having jilted his fiancée.
Smooth writing and linear plot made for a relaxing, quick and pleasant enough read, but the sparkle and humour the sub-genre usually relies on, and that I always look for in these cases, were rather lacking or at best opaquely subdued. If the well portrayed atmosphere and old-fashioned seasonal folklore, with plum puddings, mistletoes and silver trinkets, were the strongest points, I found the characterisations a little too pat and the romance quite tensionless as Chandrose knows almost from the beginning who Jane really is and I could see no true obstacle preventing these two from being together. Also, the flawless hero and virtuous heroine's interactions were too sappy for my tastes, the endearing and dotty old governess was too endearing and dotting and the scheming stepmother was too scheming, making the picture dangerously approaching one-dimensional territory.
The ending showed a glimpse of the genre's signature farcical charm, too little too late to enliven the whole parcel though.
That said, not a book to avoid at all costs, especially if you are very fond of Christmas-set romances, but nothing I would go out of my way to change the reading schedule for either.
Buddy-read with Anne :)
Read information about the authorElisabeth Fairchild is half English and considers the British Isles her second home. With a degree in advertising from North Texas State University, Fairchild worked for ten years in advertising before turning to writing full-time.
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