Thursday, 17 July 2014

Rainbird's Revenge by M.C. Beaton

Rainbird's Revenge (A House for the Season, #6)
When the Duke of Pelham returns to his town house at 67 Clarges Street, he is grimly determined to find a suitable wife--but completely unprepared for what the Season has to offer. The duke’s title alone has always brought him more than his share of feminine attention; claiming not to believe in love, he has never been spurned by a lady. The duke’s self-imposed search is soon disrupted by the arrival in London of Miss Jenny Sutherland, a spoiled but beautiful country girl whose vanity is her tragic flaw. According to her guardian Aunt Letitia, lack of competition has made Jenny put on airs; in London, she will get the set-down she sorely deserves. Indeed, at her first important London party, Jenny’s blatant disdain for the duke leads to certain disaster. But no one has counted on the intervention of John Rainbird, the shrewd and resourceful butler at 67 Clarges Street. Rainbird befriends Jenny, suggesting she look in the mirror a little less often. The result is a mischievous scheme that will insure Jenny’s social success and determine the fate of the close-knit family of servants at 67 Clarges Street.

This is the final book in the A House for the Season series and I found it a bit of a let down on the whole.

The Lovers
I found Jenny to be utterly unlikeable and even by the end of the book all I could think was, yes, that's all good and well but
a)no one can change that quickly in so short amount of time and
b)what is to stop her from going back to her old self loving self
as soon as I close the book. She felt like she should be instantly liked and forgiven because of her appearance and she was not a very mice person with her self-centred attitude.

The hero was just as bad. He felt like his looks, title and wealth should have women falling at his feet and he is very out out when he proposes to a woman and she refuses him. I felt like it was a reality check he was deserving and he needed to go and grow up a little bit.

This has to be the only book in the series where the hero and heroine spend the least amount of time together and I could not see the marriage working at all.

Of the new characters introduced in this book the two I loved the most where Jenny's Aunt Letitia and her friend Mrs Freemantle. Her aunt was a sweetheart and cared for her niece despite the fact she was not nice and Mrs Freemantle was so carefree. They were lovely.

The Staff
The only thing that kept me reading this book was to see how the staff would end up and to see everyone get there happy endings.

I completed the series where I started with Joseph the footmen. I really didn't like him and wanted to hit him over the head for his attitude. And I still loved Lizzie to pieces.

There was the matter of Luke - the footman from next door that wasn't tied up - but other than that there were no loose ends.

All in All
A disappointment on the whole but worth the read to see the staff of 67 Clarges Street settled and happy with their lives.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Mid-Year Wrap Up (Part 2) - Favourite Reads!

Shout out time for some of my favourite reads of the last 6 months!

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

The Book ThiefThis book blew my mind to such an extent that I still can't find it in me to write a review.
Touching, heartbreaking and everything in between this book had me sobbing like a baby so bad that my mum came into the room and thought I was having a bad allergy attack.
I haven't seen the movie yet but I hope it cam capture at east a fraction of the beauty and emotion of this book.

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson 

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Di... by Jonas JonassonThis book sits at the other end of the emotions spectrum from The Books Thief. This book was hilarious and had me giggling insanely more than once. It also touches on a lot of recent history which made it fascinating.

The Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Crooked House by Agatha ChristieOut of the Agatha Christie's that I have read so far (which looking at how many there are isn't really all that many) this has got to be my favourite of the bunch.

It was full of twists and turns and had ma suspecting everyone at one point or another but the person who actually did it.


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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Adventuress by M.C. Beaton

The Adventuress (A House for the Season, #5)
Beauty is a powerful magnet, and every man in the ton is drawn to the exquisite loveliness of Miss Emily Goodenough, who has rented the Clarges Street house with her rather peculiar old uncle. Only Rainbird, the butler, suspects that Miss Goodenough's origins might be less than genteel--in fact, that the beauteous Emily may be a runaway chambermaid and her "uncle" a fellow butler! But Emily has fallen desperately in love with the handsome, haughty Earl of Fleetwood, and since the bogus upstairs couple quickly wins the downstairs' servants' hearts... Rainbird and his friends are determined to make a lowly maid the catch of the Season for high society's most desirable Lord!

Very nearly at the end of the series now.

The Lovers
Emily spends the book as a nervous wreck, frightened that everyone would discover that she was an ex-servant and not a proper lady. The paranoia was realistic and not as annoying as I thought it would be from the beginning.

She is very headstrong and she has a goal in mind as is determined to achieve it. And with the help of the staff she goes from being a nobody to a somebody thanks to them spreading gossip to get society interested in her.

I found Fleetwood a bit annoying with his constant complaining about the servant class. Because he had a bad experience with his own servants when his wife was murders he tarred them all with the same brush and now can't stand them. This of course leads to plenty of internal conflict for Emily.

Fleetwood had also written a book that is about a servant girl hat sends Emily into a tizzy and has her jumping at her own shadow thinking someone based the book off of her.

What I did enjoy about this book was that it went past the wedding day, that made a nice change.

The Staff
I had my second 'Oh Lizzie'moment in this as she fancies herself in love with next doors footman after a bit of flattering from him and trusts him with the servants savings...

I still love her to bits though and she does meet a nice stranger in this so I can't wait to see where that leads too.

All in All
One of the more enjoyable of the series with a likeable heroine (even if I did want to shake her a couple of times).

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Monday, 14 July 2014

What I am Reading...

Yip, my reading has been that dire in the last week that I am still on what I was reading this time last week.

No, really, it has been that bad that I am in the exact same place in the exact same books as last Monday. I haven't even been a able to listen to any more of The Woman in Black, that's how bad it has been.

Terrible I know, but for some reason I just haven't been able to sit down and read. Either my mind was on something else and reading was a chore (how horrible is that!) or I was asleep (been a bit sick this past week).

Here's hoping this next week will be better for my reading!

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