English Witch

English Witch

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by Loretta Chase
     
 

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"One of the finest and most delightful writers in romance." –Mary Jo Putney

The traditional Regency classic from New York Times bestseller Loretta Chase is back…

A Comedy of Manners…
Her father’s prodigal ways have forced the extremely lovely Alexandra Ashmore into an engagement with a strange man in a strange land: a man blind to the effect

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"One of the finest and most delightful writers in romance." –Mary Jo Putney

The traditional Regency classic from New York Times bestseller Loretta Chase is back…

A Comedy of Manners…
Her father’s prodigal ways have forced the extremely lovely Alexandra Ashmore into an engagement with a strange man in a strange land: a man blind to the effect her unearthly beauty has on other men, and which has earned her the title "the English Witch"! So when she’s kidnapped by another love-struck suitor, Alexandra assumes she’s truly doomed to a loveless marriage with her captor.

A Villain Redeemed…
But her troubles have only begun—for although she's quickly rescued, her brave 'hero' is the notoriously irresistible, unrepentant scoundrel, Basil Trevelyan, who finds himself quite taken with the tart, spirited Alexandra. So taken, in fact, that he’s determined to make her his own. Now, if he can only charm her into agreeing with his plan!

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Chase has heeded the call and given Basil Trevelyan, the nonvillainous villain of Isabella ( LJ 10/15/87), his own story. After completing three years of exile in India and Greece, Basil is asked by his aunt, Lady Bertram, to rescue goddaughter Alexandra Ashmore from an unwanted marriage to her father's assistant. Her father, Sir Charles Ashmore, is an archaeologist working in Albania. What ensues is a comedy of manners as the beautiful, bewitching Alexandra and handsome Basil behave like Beatrice and Benedick. Their dialogue is witty but not especially zippy, and plot disappears mid-way. Basil deserves better; still, the novel is much better than most of its genre.Paula M. Zieselman, M.L.S., Debevoise & Plimpton, New York
Reviews - Library Journal
"A comedy of manners...witty."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380706600
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1989
Pages:
192

Meet the Author

After a heroic attempt to be an English major forever, Loretta Chase stoically accepted her degree but kept on reading and writing. As well as working in academe, she had an enlightening if brief life in retail and a Dickensian six-month experience as a meter maid. In the course of moonlighting as a corporate video scriptwriter, she succumbed to the charm of a producer, who lured her into writing novels -- and marrying him. The union has resulted in what seems like an awful lot of books and quite a few awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Rita. Heralded as “…the long awaited successor to Georgette Heyer” by Library Journal, Loretta Chase’s historical romance novels have been published all over the world. To learn more, please visit www.LorettaChase.com.

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English Witch 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
willaful More than 1 year ago
This was only Chase's second romance, yet she already showed a rare talent for "promoting" a secondary character/villain to hero status. Three years after being packed off to India, Basil Trevelyan is somewhat ashamed over his dastardly actions in Isabella, has gained a lot of useful experience in solving problems, and is considerably richer. But he's still delightfully devious and witty--a state of affairs that does him no good at all when he falls in love for the first time, but which is certainly enjoyable for us. Basil has no trouble at all dealing with the tangled situation of Alexandra Ashmore, who is burdened by too many fiances, none of whom she wants; it's convincing her that he's husband material that's the tricky part. I love Basil -- he's almost up there with Georgette Heyer's amiable snake Randall, from _Behold, Here's Poison_ -- and I loved watching him fall. I'm not entirely sure Alexandra is good enough for him, but at least she appreciates him. This is a "traditional" Regency -- i.e., no sex -- but the tension is awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Isabella is the book and story line that comes before this book. It may be helpful to read it first although I think this one is much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book in print--Chase's wit and wicked sense of humor were evident even at the beginning of her career with these category Regencies. And this sequel to Isabella, which tells the fate of the wicked Basil Trevelyan and how he meets his scheming match is no exception. The problem with the ePub is that it's the usual deal of OCR+edit-by-spellcheck which has dropped words and made very odd substitutions (rugged for tugged, His for The, Thome for Thorne, illused for ill-used, tamer for rather, etc. ad nauseum). It makes for bumpy reading, and you really wish there'd been budget for a proper copyedit pass. Really hope they do a v1.1 and fix the issues.  The book deserves higher, but the epub issues brought the rating down.
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Liked the story. Loved the fact that it wasn't full of 20 page descriptions of XXX sex. Dialog was sort of stilted and off putting.
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This was such a fun book. Basil is the kind of rake I love to read about - witty, smart and devilishly adorable. He and Alexandra made the best couple I've read in ages. Recommended read!
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I read this book, in print, years ago. I was happy to be able to revisit the story. Unfortunately the many typos and similar errors were very distracting. It became a guessing game in some instances to discover what the author had meant. I am assuming that the ebook is created by optical character reading software and apparently with no review or editing. 4 stars for the story and 1 star for the production values.