Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Regency Romp

I love regency novels. Of course Jane Austen is a favorite -- particularly Persuasion and, of course, Pride and Prejudice, though I've never felt the same warmth for Emma.

I'm also extremely fond of Georgette Heyer and have a collection of the new Arrow editions of her books (which are not in my bag of 'finding new homes for'). Sorry about that.

But today's book is a delightful regency romp by talented, clever, witty NYT-Bestselling author, Stephanie Laurens, called Four In Hand.

And no, she's not referring to horses.

The title refers to the four stunningly attractive, perfectly delightful Twinning sisters -- including the irresistible Caroline -- whose guardianship it befalls Max Rotherbridge, the Duke of Twyford, to inherit.

Max, a regency rake of the first order, is not given to "guarding" women's virtue. He would very much like to bed, not wed, the delectable Caroline. But even a rake like Max knows that isn't in the cards.

On the contrary, it's his duty to protect her from men such as himself. It's his duty to protect all the Twinning sisters from unprincipled men and bad alliances. Max has his work cut out for him.

I found Four in Hand to be absolutely delightful. If you like regency romps, I'll bet you like this one.

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Lovely HM&B medical author Margaret McDonogh has just sent me a picture of a frog she stumbled across.

She says that, given the look on his face, he could be my Missing In Action Frog #8.

Margaret has a good eye for resemblances. It is my frog indeed. Though why he also reminds me of Jack Nicholson, I'm hard pressed to say.

Oh, and IF I get my book done by May 1, I get to go to visit youngest grandchild who is now crawling like a Marine from room to room. Such a talented girl.

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Blogger Ellen said...

Absolutely love the "missing in action frog #8" picture. Now that you have found him and hope you can get him in line so you can finish your books and get to go see your youngest grandchild before she starts walking.

23 April, 2008  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Isn't he a great frog, Ellen? Maybe you can add his pic to your collection!

And, thanks for the good wishes on getting the book done and getting to go see the granddaughter! I'm working at it!

23 April, 2008  
Blogger Dina said...

Anne, It sounds like your grandaughter lives far away, I'm lucky to have my daughter not to far, so I get the grandkids the weekends and my only granddaughter will be 1yr next month, she's adorable!!

I have not read any Jane Austen books,. but lovr the movies. I'd love to get them somewhere. Regency novels, that's what her books are called? I'm still new to some of the these names.

23 April, 2008  
Blogger lidia said...


I love Stephanie Laurens' books. I always make time to read one of her historicals.

You need to spend as much time as you can with your grand daughter. They grow up so quickly!

23 April, 2008  
Blogger Margaret McDonagh said...

Sorry, Anne, just couldn't resist him!! I sincerely hope that when he does finally appear he behaves himself and you get your book finished and can zoom off to hve fun with your grandchild.

Mags xx

24 April, 2008  
Blogger Christa said...

what a great incetive to finish the book. I just spent the last three days at my sister's getting her garden ready. And just to prove we weren't slacking, we filled 7 or 8 bags with yard waste, so now I'm sore, sunburnt and I have a blister from raking:( but I heard a good remedy includes a Stephanie Laurens book:)

24 April, 2008  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Dina, yes, she lives about 1000 miles away. Both granddaughters do. The grandsons fortunately live closer! But I've made the reservations, so I'm going and the book is going to be done!

Lidia, Stephanie Laurens has written some wonderful books. I'm in awe of her talent.

Margaret, you know I LOVE Mr Chapter Eight Frog. He's so handsome I can hardly wait to get my hands on him! He's the only one who hasn't shown up yet, but maybe tomorrow. His friends, chapters nine and ten are tapping their toes and waiting for him!

Oh, Christa, your dedication is admirable. Would you like to come and do the same to my yard? Sadly mine is going to wait until I finish the book and come back from granddaughter's! Then we're having company, so I will need to get into housecleaning mode.

And then, doubtless there will be revisions . . . but in the meantime I will go out and tackle the yard (using you as inspiration!)

24 April, 2008  
Blogger Christa said...

When should I pencil you in for? So it will be after you wave bye-bye to Seb and Neely?Can you recruit Spence, Theo or Flynn?

25 April, 2008  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Yes, probably after I get finished with Seb and Neely. And bring your water wings and flippers. The back yard is a SWAMP (chapter eight will be right at home!). I may have to recruit Spence. Or maybe Flynn. Theo, being primarily a sailor, is useless when it comes to yards.

25 April, 2008  

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