Royal Regard ~ Mariana Gabrielle
Royal Regard is not your typical Regency novel. Mariana Gabrielle has skilfully created a cast of characters which defy many of those conventions other authors rely on. Her hero and heroine are neither very young nor classically beautiful, but they work their way into the reader’s affections with effortless ease. The villain is as oily and despicable as any romance reader could wish and the supporting players are all clearly defined.
The plot starts steadily, then builds and builds as the story unfolds, with many twists to take the reader by surprise and keep them turning the pages until a most satisfactory conclusion is reached.
In this her debut Regency novel, Mariana Gabrielle has taken the trouble to check for correct usage of Regency terms and phrases, which, sadly, so many authors do not, and avoided the murky waters of ‘Americanisms’. She gets my thumbs up for that alone! So, if you want a rattling good read to brighten the dank January evenings, try this for size.
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