Miss Grimsley's Oxford Careerby Carla Kelly
Beautiful and brilliant Miss Ellen Grimsley considers it a scandal that she---a female---cannot attend Oxford while her dunderhead brother can. That's why she dons his robes to do his work for him. But when a handsome lord learns Ellen's secret, he decides to teach her a lesson of his own. This delightful period romance will earn top marks from readers everywhere!
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I love the writing style of this author. She has such a fun sense of humor. I can't wait to start another one of her books.
Another great read from Carla Kelly! I think the reason I'm enjoying all of her books is that her writing reminds me of the regency romances of the late, great Georgette Heyer. Their stories are uniquely entertaining, incorporating the physical setting and historical events with witty dialog and complex characters... so different from the pulp romance writers who write serial sex scenes tied together by weak storylines.
I initially thought this book was set during the Napoleonic wars. Except that the relaxed behavior and speech is indicative of the late 19th-early 20th century, at the latest. Except Lady Mary Hall was founded at Oxford in 1878. Except that a farmer being an acceptable suitor for the squire's daughter would have been unheard of until after 1919. It's a good thing that Carla Kelly doesn't pretend to be a student of history. Aside from the sense of being unstuck in time, it's an enjoyable read.
I did enjoy this book but it was nowhere near as good as her novel 'Mrs Drew plays her hand' which I read first and found tremendously well written and entertaining.