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by Joan Wolf

Only a girl as captivating as Catriona MacIan could have overcome the scandal of her birth to shine as the most sought-after lady of the London season. And only a girl as daring as Catriona would have played with the attentions of many suitors, yet persist in adoring the one man she could not have--the guardian who saw her every fault and was blind to all else. Regency Romance reissue.
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ISBN: 0451154010
ISBN13: 978-0451154019
Category: Romance
Subcategory: Historical
Author: Joan Wolf
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley (February 7, 1984)
ePUB size: 1331 kb
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Rating: 4.4
Votes: 658
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It seems I've found myself a new-to-me author and I'm enjoying her books tremendously. Most of the books I've read by Joan Wolf are more of a novella length than a full book, but I actually enjoy books I can pick up at midnight, read until 2:00 am and finish before I fall asleep.

I absolutely love books about the guardian/ward relationship - particularly hoydenish or in this case "rebellious" types of wards with stiff-rumped guardians. In all fairness to Catriona and Edmund, I can't put Catriona in the category of rebellious, neither can I say Edmund was stiff-rumped. He was protective of Catriona in all the ways that would be considered proper, having had her transported from her home in Scotland at ten years of age to live in his home when he was 25 years old. In fact, Edmund served as guardian for a few cousins, including Cat. However, one thing that stood out about Cat is that she was illegitimate, being the result of Edmund's beloved cousin, Diccon, whose trip to Ireland and relationship with Cat's mother having apparently been thwarted before marriage could take place due to Diccon's death.

Cat was raised by her mother's father, never being acquainted with either parent - her mother having died giving her birth. She's an unusual little girl who grows up into a woman who isn't described as beautiful, rather the type that would in time turn the heads of nearly every man who was in her presence. She's blissfully unaware of her enchanting persona and basically lives life to the fullest, never giving much thought to her illegitimate status until Edmund decides she will be brought out at age 17 along with her cousin. For, in fact, in the world in which she was raised, all her family treated her no differently. But Edmund is well aware that Society will look upon Cat as a person of lesser status - to this end, he settles a 30,000 pound dowry upon her.

Cat is indeed the standout of the season, but she gave away her heart when she was ten years old and feels she can only settle when she eventually accepts the suit of the impossible to catch, well-known rake - Marquis of Hampton. Still and all, he's interesting, will answer questions others won't answer, is unconventional and apparently he's fallen hard and fast in love with her. He's not the man Edmund would have chosen, but once he's persuaded Hampton does love Cat, he agrees to let him press his suit upon Cat.

But... what has been in Edmund's heart for long years is contributing to a struggle of which Cat is unaware. When Frances Lochaber and Ian McDonald from The Scottish Lord arrive on the scene, Frances has the presence of mind to play a bit of cupid. Where will it all lead? Are things too far gone with Cat and Hampton? What exactly does Edmund have in his heart? A very pleasant read with some angst, but one thing I can say about Joan Wolf's books that I've read thus far - most are comfortable stories without any really ugly surprises. Edmund was a superior man in so many ways and wise beyond his years in his dealings with Cat and his other wards.
I love Joan Wolf's style and her ability to create believable characters. I don't care for a ward child becoming a love interest to a grown man however and that damped my enthusiasm for this story. That's just creepy to me and I don't care how acceptable it was back then. Kate came to be is ward at 9 years old. He was 21. To have him admit, when they finally vowed their love for each other, that he'd loved her since she was 12 was repellent to me. I found her to be immature flirt throughout the story, though kindhearted. Edmund was also a likable as were the secondary characters. Didn't get invested in anyone or find their love believable. It's well told though.
I love regency romances! I've read many of this author's books and liked them, even loved a couple. This book was my least favorite. It had one of my less favorite premises - young girl falls in love with her guardian. The heroine, Miss Catriona MacIan, was quite young and immature through the entire book. The hero, Lord Edmund Faversham, Duke of Burford, was a complete cypher. They had very little chemistry. The storyline was straightforward and predictable. The author's writing style started slow as usual, but this one never warmed up. Overall, not a bad book, but bland and predictable.
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Joan Wolf writes clearly and her characters are enjoyable and real with flaws and strengths. Her books are about being kind to others, the importance of family, and having honor. When I pick up one of her books, I know I will enjoy it and reading it will put me in a good mood.
Great characters, with that easy, honest way of falling in love. One of the things I like most about Wolf's books is the tenderness of the romance and the refreshing frankness of most of her heroines. While her books are best if told in her masterful first person voice, and despite the end was somewhat soft and rushed, this one was still a really good read.
It was sweet and so romantic.
The duke (Edmond) was always the responsible guardian even when his ward Kat thought she was in love with an rake. Edmond put her happiness first before his feelings but true love always prevails. Clean book and sometimes too clean but how utterly amazing!! Must read!!!!
After reading the book, "A London Season", I read 12 other Joan Wolf books in a row! Nuff said!
Admittedly it is a wonderful book, but I doubt that everyone would feel so strongly about it. it has all of the elements which are important to me - loyalty, love of family, excellent characters, and a great story. I have always loved Joan wolf, but she has outdone herself.