Talk of the Ton

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Nothing sets tongues wagging like a scandalous dalliance.

In the salons of the ton, no tidbit is more delicious than a rumor of amour?the more outrageous the better. Rakes and rogues, ladies of high station and low morals are choice fodder for the gossips of society. Now, four of today's most popular Regency authors titillate the ton with tales of how untoward talk can fan the flames of passion.

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Overview

Nothing sets tongues wagging like a scandalous dalliance.

In the salons of the ton, no tidbit is more delicious than a rumor of amour—the more outrageous the better. Rakes and rogues, ladies of high station and low morals are choice fodder for the gossips of society. Now, four of today's most popular Regency authors titillate the ton with tales of how untoward talk can fan the flames of passion.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Gossip figures prominently in three of the four Regency-era novellas included in this collection, which is, unfortunately, as shallow as a Hollywood rumor rag. James incorporates the theme she used most successfully in "A Proper Englishwoman," employing a number of gossipy letters as a prelude to a bold, if unlikely, tale of seduction. Far less inventive are London's "The Vicar's Widow" and Navin's "Miss Jenny Alt's First Kiss." The former is a predictable tale of two lovers and the jealous debutante who will do anything, even spread nasty rumors about a virtuous widow, to pull them apart, and the latter is an equally familiar romance between a bookish beauty with an undeserved reputation and a handsome lord. Lee's "Clearly a Couple" stands out both for its exemplary writing and its unique heroine, though the story has very little to do with gossip. Its premise is also far too meaty for such a short story, so it inevitably falls prey to the same flaw as the others-the protagonists' love comes too swiftly and unbelievably. All in all, this lackluster collection is a pale representation of these authors' works and isn't likely to stir up much chatter in the romance community. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425230510
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,368,935
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eloisa James

Julia London is the award-winning and bestselling author of Wedding Survivor, Material Girl, Beauty Queen, and Miss Fortune, as well as several historical romances, including the acclaimed Rogues of Regent Street series. She lives in Austin, Texas, and is currently at work on her next project. Write to Julia at P.O. Box 49315, Austin, TX  78765, or e-mail her at julia@julialondon.com. Visit her website at www.julialondon.com.
Rebecca Hagan Lee is the national bestselling and award-winning author of seven historical romances, including A Hint of Heather and Whisper Always. She lives in a small Southern town with her husband, three dogs, one cat, and two horses. She’s active in local writing groups and community theater. When she’s not seated at the computer writing, she can usually be found among friends and at the stable. Rebecca enjoys hearing from her readers.

Jacqueline Navin currently lives in Maryland with her husband and three children. She is originally from Philadelphia and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    four tales are well written

    ¿A Proper Englishwoman¿ by Eloisa James. In 1817, the Ton enjoys the scandalous behavior of Kerr rumored to have been seen about town with a Frenchwoman. That is the Ton minus Kerr¿s fiancée Emma who decides if Franco amour is what her wandering future spouse desires so be it. --- ¿The Vicar¿s Widow¿ by Julia London. In 1816 Darien wildly kisses Kate, the Vicar¿s wife, until she sadly walks away. Three years later, he is the toast of the Ton and she is a widow that he still desires. However, Emily wants Darien so she spreads rumors to eliminate her rival by turning the Vicar¿s Widow into the TALK OF THE TON. --- ¿Clearly a Couple¿ by Rebecca Hagan Lee. Free Fellows League agent Jonathan escort India, just freed from a harem imprisonment, to her family. The Ton blames India for her captivity though she was an innocent victim and assumes he has gotten his way with the ¿loose¿ woman. Instead Jonathan has fallen in love with India. --- ¿Miss Jenny Alt¿s First Kiss¿ by Jacqueline Navin. Everyone knows that Jenny, her aunt¿s companion, is on the shelf. Everyone that is except Miles who seeks a bride and based on their first kiss knows who he wants as his permanent lady. --- The four tales are well written especially the Ton exchanging malicious gossip that leaves a reader feeling like a Peeping Thomasina. However, the lead couples fall in love too fast as the novella format somewhat shortchanges the romances. Still these are four fine Regencies and fans will appreciate the titillating tremors of Polite Society causing a scandal even when unwarranted--- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted February 5, 2013

    Great read!

    If you are looking for an escape then this is a good one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Romance written for the Romantic, Victorian, or one who enjoys the 18th Century!

    Talk of the Ton brings together the most wonderful writers of the Romantic genre!
    These stories are interesting, fun, and give their female characters an inner strength not often given to women.

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