Is the baby Caterina, Countess of Rasen, brought back from Portugal hers and her dead husband's? The new Earl, Nicholas, is attracted to her, but suspicious. Catarina, in order to protect her young sister Joanna, cannot reveal the truth. And then Cousin Matthew insists that the baby is his and Joanna’s, that their marriage was legitimate. Nicholas will have to prove him a liar. Regency Romance by Sally James writing as Marina Oliver; originally published by Robert Hale [UK]
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Was enjoyable, with passable historical credence, until the last scene, when it was ruined for me by an anachronistic sex scene - added for the presumable reasons of ridiculously establishing to the hero that the heroine was a much wronged virgin (both unnecessary to establish if true trust existed between them and one of the silliest ways to do so. Besides being unnecessary to state as it was a clear inference and eventuality.) and of providing pornographic voyeurism. A shame as, previously, I had been pleasantly surprised with the novel and planning on giving it a higher rating. I hate to see authors with talent sell themselves out and cheapen their books for popular appeal/money instead of aspiring to literature. Perhaps some authors don't have the capability of doing so, but this author could have achieved more. Perhaps she doesn't want to or enjoys such kitsch. Such lack of taste almost seems worse than adding vulgarity to one's book on purpose, besides in moral objections. If the hero and heroine were immoral characters of their time, that would have been disappointing but not surprising - especially with the hero. People were imperfect and immoral then as now, so some people must have completely disregarded the Bible principles the times espoused. But it cheapens the characters and the story to add such a purposefully graphic scene as a salacious dessert for little minds. There's a difference between immorality and vulgarity. I like neither, but the former I can tolerate in literature as it is reality. Vulgarity is true too, but I think, in a historical context, it should not go beyond what was used in that day. Surely the scope of Pamela is enough for any dirty mind?