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“Both stories were great, love this authors style And her story lines are unique ”Pattigr wrote this review Monday, January 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is two earlier books, when Mary wrote more introspection. Good stories but a lot of 'thinking.'”Sir Casey wrote this review Friday, August 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love when Mary puts 2 stories into one book.....always a page turner!! The Famous Heroine......Cora Downes is beautiful, has spirit and lot's of money, but lacks breeding. After rescuing a little boy from drowning, she find herself thrown into high society. Her world turns upside down, she is not used to living in a snubbish world with bejeweled gowns and the best money can buy. Cora is compromised into marriage to a lord whose interest seems to be elsewhere.
Francis Kneller a Dukes son and brother, a lord of the releam, will he be the love of her life? You must read to find out.
The second story is The Plumed Bonnet
Alistair Munro, the Duke of Bridgwater has been looking for love for a very long time. He fins Stephanie Gray standing on the side of the road dressed in all brightly colored clothes......he does not know what to make of her, but picks her up. Her story she tells him, he thinks is all lies, littel does he know, it's all true............will offer her marriage or mistress”
“The Famous Heroine was great, with funny, realistic characters, including the main character who falls in love with a man she thinks is homosexual. The Plumed Bonnet was not as good, it felt rushed, and the changes of emotion between the main characters (love/hate/confusion) seemed random.”Gevera Bert P wrote this review Tuesday, January 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed these reissued early Balogh Regencies. Both stories deal with unplanned marriages brought on by the heroine inadvertantly being "compromised" by the hero, which doesn't take much in rule-bound Regency ton culture. Both marriages end up to be believable love matches and very satisfying reads.
Balogh can take common romance tropes and treat them with a fresh eye. Her writing is top notch. One of the things I find consistent in her work is very human characters. They are never perfect but humanly flawed which makes it easier to relate to them even though the story is really a fantasy. Her characters mature and change over the course of the story which provides another dose of reality. There is usually an element of humor in her books and this is especially true in The Famous Heroine.”