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by Annabel Laine

  • ISBN: 038513455X
  • Category: Romance
  • Author: Annabel Laine
  • Subcategory: Historical
  • Other formats: rtf lrf lit mbr
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (1978)
  • Pages: 252 pages
  • FB2 size: 1547 kb
  • EPUB size: 1590 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 429
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As Annabel Laine she only wrote this Heiress book, published in 1979, and THE MELANCHOLY VIRGIN, from 1982. The heroine doesn't have a very big part in the plot. Lady Susan has more scenes and lines than she does. If you're a historical mystery lover, you'll find this to be a good read. I hadn't twigged on to whodunit until late in the game, just a chapter or two before the big reveal. However, she comes across as an admirable female of the times she lived in. Don't expect her to be an intrepid 21st-century woman and she won't disappoint you.

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The Reluctant Heiress is a delicious romantic mystery, and a engaging tale in this regency romance. By (author) Annabel Laine. AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window). Close X. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter.

Hardcover with protected dust jacket. A genius at getting to the bottom of things, the handsome Earl of Moriston, one of fiction's most attractive heroes, was the closest thing Regency England had to a private detective. Yet he never knew what mystery was until he met the enchanting Caroline Malcolm, who presented him with a problem from the past and a problem for the heart. This is a work of fiction

The Reluctant Heiress. SARA ORWIG lives in Oklahoma. She is an avid collector of Western history books. With a master’s degree in English, Sara has written historical romance, mainstream fiction and contemporary romance. Books are beloved treasures that take Sara to magical worlds, and she loves both reading and writing them. Many thanks to Stacy Boyd and Maureen Walters.

1978 Doubleday. Hardcover with protected dust jacket. ISBN: 038513455X. A genius at getting to the bottom of things, the handsome Earl of Moriston, one of fiction's most attractive heroes, was the closest thing Regency England had to a private detective. Yet he never knew what mystery was until he met the enchanting Caroline Malcolm, who presented him with a problem from the past and a problem for the heart.
Reviews about The Reluctant Heiress (7):
I am hcv men
For being a little traditional Regency story with a cutesy cover, this is a rather substantive plot with literate, intelligent writing. Be aware that it is NOT a romance. It's a mystery with just a smidgen of very understated romance thrown in. So if you are looking for something in the style of Barbara Metzger or Joan Smith, for example, this is not it.

Annabel Laine is a pen name of Reay Tannahill, who published many more books of much more substance under her real name. Scottish Tannahill (1929-2007) was a British historian and scholar, author of such nonfiction work as FOOD IN HISTORY and SEX IN HISTORY. In 1990 her novel PASSING GLORY won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award. As Annabel Laine she only wrote this Heiress book, published in 1979, and THE MELANCHOLY VIRGIN, from 1982.

If you're a historical mystery lover, you'll find this to be a good read. I hadn't twigged on to whodunit until late in the game, just a chapter or two before the big reveal. And I enjoyed the methodical investigative process involved in the mystery's solution. Not to mention the author's knowledge of the period, which she put to good use.

To summarize the plot briefly: Beautiful Caroline Malcolm. after the recent accidental death of her mother, learns that her father, Colonel Malcolm, who had died some two years prior, was actually her stepfather. So Caroline wants to know who her biological father is. The only thing she has to go on is a pouch of 21 perfectly-matched diamonds and a note from her mother, "For Caro, from her father." Since her mother had led Caro to believe that Colonel Malcolm was her real father and had never ever talked of any other man in her life, it is a mystery indeed.

Caroline's "honorary uncle" and old friend of her late stepfather, the Duke of Wellington, arranges for Charles Dornay, Earl of Moriston, to help Caroline in her search. And with only those diamonds as a clue, Moriston does a fine job of investigating, with a little help from his brother John, sister Lady Susan, Susan's suitor Adam Gregory and Moriston's estate manager Matthew.

This is an excellent methodical procedural investigation, going from clue to clue to uncover the mystery. Possibilities of foul play to certain deceased characters and attempts on the life of others make for a more compelling mystery than just the search for the missing father. There's more to this than meets the eye.

The plot is entertaining and the characters are fairly well developed. The hero here, Moriston, is described as "rich, fashionable, man of superior sense and impeccable self possession." So true. He's somewhat full of himself, a bit condescending to others and seems to feel slightly superior, but it's fun to see his sisters and brothers take his attitude in stride. The heroine doesn't have a very big part in the plot. Lady Susan has more scenes and lines than she does. However, she comes across as an admirable female of the times she lived in. Don't expect her to be an intrepid 21st-century woman and she won't disappoint you.

What might disappoint is the romance, if that's what you were looking for here. The cover of the Kindle edition makes the book look as though it were one of those cute little traditional Regency romances. It's not. I like mysteries, perhaps more than I like romances, so I was not disappointed but romance readers are warned.
greatest
A marvelous literary work. I haven't enjoyed someone's vocabulary this much in a long time. I had to pull out a dictionary. Very well edited and several aspects set the "feel" of a Regency: class distinctions, massive estates, dialogue. There isn't much focus on clothing, which I find boring anyway. I enjoyed the pace of the plot. I was very impressed with the author's manner of cataloguing the progress of journeys, crucial to the plot. It sounded as if she was walking down the street herself, seeing every shop, building, street, etc. She might have made it all up, but it sounded good. The drawback for me was the complete lack of romance. None whatsoever. No foreshadowing with longing looks, blushes, prolonged meetings, or anything else you expect from a Regency. This is a clean read with no curse words or sex. I would read the author again. Author Felicia Mires
Dancing Lion
I thought this to be one of the best Regency novels I've found on Kindle Unlimited. It is literate and dryly humorous, very much in the style of Georgette Heyer. Unlike many books I find on Kindle Unlimited, it is properly punctuated, has good grammar, uses apostrophes correctly, and does not misuse homonyms. Now I find that's because it is a reissue of an older print book by a real author, unfortunately deceased. That means there are probably very few others by the author to find and read. A shame! Many presumably self-published books I find on Kindle Unlimited have entertaining characters and plots, but all too few of these have been copy-edited into correct grammar, punctuation, and word usage. This, fortunately, was one of the good ones. The only flaw I found concerned the diamonds which were central to the plot, described as more that 25 carats each. I checked, and this would make each of them approximately 6 inches across and weighing nearly 2 ounces apiece, much too large and heavy to set 21 of them, plus multiple smaller stones, in a necklace! Other than this little error, however, an excellent read.
Wymefw
This captivating story has Caroline presenting Charles with a case to investigate. She needs to find out who her father is --discreetly if possible. The only clue she can offer is that she has received a diamond each and every year, twenty-one of them, with a note, "To Caroline, from her father."

If you like your romance combined with mystery, I believe you would enjoy this book. I certainly did.
Hamrl
Amusing but I won't read more of this series. J.D.
Visonima
This was a setting which was a bit different. We have a feisty heroine which is very good and we have a a rather complicated story ahead.

Caroline Malcolm has just discovered that the man she has lived throughout her life with is not her father. Her quiet, unassuming mother had a relationship of some sort and has left virtually no clues behind of where the search should start.

Lord Moriston is drawn into this rather entangled web which is fraught with danger as very few people know of the story and the few who do know do not want it uncovered.

A twist on the normal Regency romance.
Tetaian
Well written Regency, but contained a few editing/typo errors. They were pretty obvious, but not so many that they ruined the story for me. The author posed an engaging mystery and kept me guessing right up to the end. What precluded a 5-star review? In addition to the editing, some of the details/clues were a little hard to follow, and the romance aspect could have been a better developed. It didn't seem like the H and h were very often in each other's company. All-in-all a worthwhile read. The positives definitely outweighed the negatives. (Borrowed through Kindle Unlimited).
I liked the characters here, all independent individuals in a time when that wasn't the norm. Dry humor and a hint of romance added some spice to a mystery that wasn't easy to figure out before the end. A fun read.

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