To be completely honest, I could have finished it, I just completely saw no point in doing so. Also, the whole story is a bit ridiculous. This is one of this stories that are longer than they should be. They are both paper-thin. And Georgie is not better.
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To be completely honest, I could have finished it, I just completely saw no point in doing so. Also, the whole story is a bit ridiculous. This is one of this stories that are longer than they should be. They are both paper-thin. And Georgie is not better. She is inconsistent, in the beginning she seems to be a really strong heroine, a kind of feminist and activist, and then she turns into some idiotic romantic brooding over Ian and questioning everything in her life because of one incident that takes only a few pages in the book and is not even well described.
And here comes the other problem of this story. Many of the significant events are almost omitted. They are mentioned only after everything is over and only in the context of the consequences for Ian and Georgie. What could be a really nice political intrigue on the Indian court despite all the mistakes about Indian history and customs becomes some strange and ridiculous story about Yeah, the romance part. Georgie and Ian find each other attractive. Georgie gets into physical danger.
Ian bails her out. Georgie gets into more danger. Ian bails her out but now Georgie and her bros must leave India for good. Ian proposes to Georgie in England after knowing her for the equivalent of two whole days. Just like in a Barbara Cartland novel but without the Ian, a Marquess, is on a diplomatic mission and arrives in India where he meets Georgiana Georgie Knight and her two brothers whose own books will arrive at a book store near you soon. Just like in a Barbara Cartland novel but without the stuttering speeches about how they are reincarnated soulmates and are just spokes in the wheel of life.
When a page historical makes a page Babs Cartland novel seem deep, this aint good. Anyway, Georgie goes back and forth on marrying Ian since she has known him for 2 days duh! Also, Ian has a Deep Dark Secret involving his first wife which he doesnt want to talk about. Foley is one of the later for me. Anyway, I am sort of dumbfounded right now. I dont know what to say about this book. Whether she is on top of her game or not, Foley is a craftswoman and always gives me a thoughtful read so I dont understand how so many things could have gone wrong with this novel.
Where do I start? This book is pages. I felt like I was reading a page novel. I can see that Foley, as expected, did a lot of research on India but she takes for granted that readers would know stuff like what purdah means as Georgie, the feminist, goes on and on about it. Foley also never mentions the age of either Ian or Georgie which I thought was weird. This fact was brought home to me when I realized that Ian knew Georgie for all of two whole days when he first proposes marriage to her.
Ian deciding that he wants to marry Georgie after stating that he doesnt want to marry again because of his terrible first marriage doesnt make sense to me.
Ian, who was first introduced about four novels ago in Lady of Desire, was established as rather staid in his previous appearances. Since he is now the Hero, Foley tries to juice him up a little by revealing that Ian is dangerous with his beserker rage ala Wolverine and the possibility that he might have done a Max de Winter see Rebecca by Du Maurier on his first wife. Unfortunately, I didnt find this sexy, nor interesting, leaving me with a character I had a hard time trying to grasp.
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