The Famous Heroine / The Plumed Bonnet (Stapleton-Downes Series #5 & #6)

The Famous Heroine / The Plumed Bonnet (Stapleton-Downes Series #5 & #6)

by Mary Balogh
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The Famous Heroine / The Plumed Bonnet 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt these two novellas are the most refreshing stories of the regency romance genre I have come across. In a universe riddled with cliches and waxed by seemingly the same characters over and over again, Mary Balogh has managed to reawaken the pleasures and thrills of my personal favorite classic- the marriage of convenience. There are so many I have read of this particular synopsis and yet so very few that truly shines. The Famous Heroine and The Plumed Bonnet, with their multi-dimensional characterizatiom, succinctly tangible conflicts, moving dialogue, and stunning writing, have been ineffably joyous reads. This book does not merely shine- it warms the heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished these yesterday. The first had so much comedy and humor. The heroine is a character that always get into scrapes. The hero finds that trait of hers endearing. The second is about the hero introduced from the first. It just reinforces that one can always be serious and do what's right/proper but never forget to "let down your hair." Never change yourself because that's why your hero fell in love with you. This two in one is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just love these stories... MB has a way of portraying love without all the cliches. Add in some steamy sex scenes and you've got a historically accurate winner. I love that her stories often have real struggle and realistic human decisions/obstacles. Even in shorter stories, you come to know the characters without the obvious, elementary dialogue prevalent in so many amateur authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second story was the most romantic, in terms of a flawed hero I loathed at first and then absolutely fell in love with once I saw and he recognized how his upbringing had changed him into someone too judgemental before all the facts were in and too cold. The first story was amusing, and I loved how the hero never laughed in derision at the heroines scrapes and escapades, but together they were full of fun and humor and laughed together. Two of my favorite heroes ever.
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Really enjoyed the first story. Francis, whom i met in previous stories gets a chance at love. A lovely story that won't disappoint. Alistair is introduced in the 1st story and is quit pompous. I tried to read the 2nd story but he is such a snob, and Stephanie bends over backwards to please him...blah! Too nauseating to finish!
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These two stories were wonderful! Both stories are of women that come from one world to find themselves thrust into another world. Thankfully both women have men in their lives that provide love and patients to each that makes the transition not necessarily easier, but do-able. The first story is of woman that saves a child's life. Because of her actions, the family takes her to London for the season in hopes of finding her a husband. As a good friend would, the man of the story stands up with her for her first London ball and decides to take her under his wing and helps her in her search for a husband. The second story is of a woman that is walking back to her home many miles away and is finally able to get a ride there. While on the ride, she tells the man her story and he decides that she must be something other then what she has been telling him. Once at her home, he decides tht he is going to offer for her. She agrees and a week later is brought to London to take lessons to be everything he needs in a wife. Unfortuntly she looses sight of herself by worring that she'll never be what he needs. In the end she finds out exactly what he needs, to be herself. Good stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like pretty much anything this author writes. Novellas are nice length; easy too read quickly. Humorous situations amid conflicts makes for a good read.
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