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Something About Emmaline

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    amusing brisk Regency romance

    In 1801 every male in the Ton envies Baron Sedgewick, Alexander Denford, for having the perfect wife. His compliant spouse Emmaline makes no demands on Alex and even allows him to gamble and have affairs while she rusticates. She is such a paragon to the jealous men, but only Alex knows that Emmaline does not exist; he made up this ideal woman to keep matchmakers and mamas away from him.--- His beloved octogenarian grandma reads a gossip note from the Post and Times about Lady S seen shopping in town. Bills arrive from Lady S to pay for all types of female garb. Stunned that someone somehow learned and is using his ploy Alex races to London to confront Lady S. When he sees her in his bedroom, instead of tossing her out Alex wants to toss the clever con artist on his bed to make love today, tomorrow and forever though he fears she will steal his silverware.--- This is an amusing brisk Regency romance starring two wonderful protagonists whose debates are filled with double entendres and puns. The story line takes off the moment that Alex realizes someone has personalized his brilliant strategy to fleece him. Emmaline is unique protagonist, a likable kindhearted con artist. Their pairing leads to a one sitting read by this humorous Boyle gender war.--- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    There Was Something Fun In This One...

    I just purchased from B & N and finished reading the book ¿Something About Emmaline.¿ This is the first novel I have read by this author. I saw her books showing up on top reading lists for romances so, I thought I¿d give her a try. I enjoyed the basic plot line to this book as it was not the norm. Emmaline, the heroine, was spunky, sassy and very strong in her independence. She was no simpering, wimpy English miss. I liked that the book started with her showing up as the ¿non-existant¿ spouse to Alex ¿ our hero of the story. Since Alex was not really married, (his spouse was a made up person to give him freedom to roam town and drink, gamble and cheat), well you can imagine his surprise AND those around him when she finally shows up in town and takes over everything. The story is a fun venture into the absurd of what would happen if a mysterous and of course beautiful young girl shows up and starts playing real life wife to him. Alex¿s relatives are all stunned to finally meet his shy and supposedly sickly wife as are the rest of the ton. Needless to say, Emmaline assures one and all (including Alex) that his love and courage are what saved her and made her healthy again. She is quite the story teller and everyone falls prey to her charms. Emmaline loves to play the loving spouse and spends money galore fixing up his house, having house parties and making herself lovely for outings. Alex is incredulous that his perfect missing wife story is coming to life but, he can¿t hold out too long against Emmaline¿s wit and charm. As the book goes on, you find out who Emmaline really is and why she was on his door step. There are some fun side characters to this book such as Alex¿s best drinking buddy Jack (who is the only other person besides the butler who knows the truth about the fake wife) Alex¿s Grandma, Emmaline¿s new friends, the relatives and so on. The story is fast moving and has lots of interesting twists and turns (nothing earth shattering or anything but, enough to keep things moving). Alex, the eternal batchelor, apparently gives in to Emmaline as time goes on as he is simply a boring fella following the rules and he met his match in someone who hates to play by the rules - Emmaline. She shook him up in ways he could never anticipate. The intimate relationship between Alex & Emmaline develops rather quickly and was a little unrealistic that they took to one another and fell in love so fast even though they knew practically nothing about the ¿real Alex & Emmaline¿ until late in the story but, that¿s romances for you. The passion was low in this book and was very much secondary to the story line. You¿ll enjoy the final ending of finding out who spilled the beans on the fake wife issue and put Emmaline into motion which changed everyone¿s lives. I would recommend this book as a quick and casual romance read. It was not lusty and sexy but, I didn¿t really expect it would be. Read it for fun and you¿ll be pleased you did.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2005

    Great Book!

    I thought this was a great story with a witty twist. Alex thought he was so smart tricking everyone into believing he was married but was knocked over when his scheme took on a life of its own - with a little help of course!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Good fun story

    This is a fun story It is easy to like the characters so you want them to be happy A great way to spend a snowy afternoon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Good fun (LVR)

    Fun read about how telling lies can turn on you.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    This book was just the ticket for a long weekend: improbable and rollicking with two charming lead characters.

    The supposedly dull Alexander Denforth, Baron Sedgwick, has invented a sickly wife, Emmaline Haley who's bedridden on his country estate, in order to avoid the marriage mart. His heir apparent, cousin Hubert Denforth, isn't worried since a sickly wife won't conceivably conceive. But suddenly there IS an Emmaline, large as life, gorgeous, and living it up redecorating Alex's London home. He rushes to Hanover Square to boot out the imposter (who is she? how does she know so much?) and winds up living up to Emmaline's romantic stories about him. Lots of plot lines, all delightful, so as soon as Monday came, I went out and bought two more Boyles.

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