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Book Title: The Notorious Widow|
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The author of the book: Allison Lane
Date of issue: November 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780451201669
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 491 KB
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I disliked this book from the very first page, in which the "hero" sees an attractive woman step out of a lending library, decides that since she's with a child that doesn't resemble her she must be a governess, and since she's beautiful she must sleep with her employer, and then literally grabs her when she passes by him in the street and yells at her for being a wanton. This sets the stage for the next few hundred pages, in which he is continually aroused by the very sight of her and equally continually keeps cursing, grabbing at her, and blaming her for arousing him. Of course somehow this makes the "heroine" fall in love with him, because what's more attractive than a slutshaming irrational ragemonster?
That ridiculous masquerading as a romance is actually only a subplot of the book. The vast majority of these pages are various characters explaining to the "hero" how evil Jasper Rankin is, and the "hero" gasping and saying, "but how could anyone be so spiteful and evil?" over and over again. Eventually he confronts Jasper's father, convinces him that Jasper is evil just by passing along some of this heresay (incontrovertible proof right there), and the father forces Jasper to confess and apologize publicly to everyone. The overarching plot is incredibly frustrating, repetitive, and unbelievable.
Every part of this is so unlikely and poorly written that the only reason I finished it is because I was trapped on public transportation with nothing else to read.
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Read information about the authorAllison Lane is the author of 20 Regency novels and 6 novellas. She is a Holt Medallion Winner and the 2005 Romantic Times Career Achievement Award Winner, as well as National Readers' Choice Awards Finalist for three books.
Notes from Allison Lane:
I am not one of those who always wanted to be a writer, though I suspect I wanted to be just about everything else -- doctor, astronaut, artist, scientist, and concert pianist, to name only a few. My actual careers were not quite so exciting. Designing computer software and running horse shows gave way to motherhood, home improvement projects, and teaching piano. But books have always been one of the cornerstones of my life.
When I was growing up in the mid-west, reading and music kept me sane through frequent changes of address. As an adult, books offered a respite from the strain of daily living. Often I would finish the last page with the thought, I wish I were that creative. Occasionally it would change to, Surely even I could do better than this! So one day I tried. But this is not a fairy tale, folks. My first book was less than stellar. In fact, it stunk. Good writing is hard work. But I enjoyed the process (or maybe I just enjoy playing God) so I tried again. By the third tale, I had a publishable story.
Where am I headed in the future? I don’t yet know. For now, I write Regencies. It is a fascinating period and an entertaining genre. My work is classed as traditional though I don’t consider it in quite that way. I try to avoid clichés -- except for happy endings, of course; those are what offer us respite from that daily crisis. But I like to pose universal problems to my characters and then watch them find solutions. I have long been fascinated by how people surmount problems to find the happiness that we all deserve.
These days my spare time is limited. Writing consumes most of my day. I still read as much as ever and keep up with the world of science. And everyone knows better than to step between me and a TV during football season -- it somehow takes an extra month to complete fall manuscripts.
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