A London Season

A London Season Orphaned Lady Jane Fitzmaurice Grew Up With David Chance, Who Became Her Uncle S Horse Trainer Always Best Friends, They Shared A Passion For Horses But When Jane Was Seventeen Her Uncle Felt He Must Introduce Her To The Ton, Where She Rightly Belonged With Her Beauty, Breeding And Fortune Jane S London Season, However, Was Memorable For Being Anything But Ordinary

Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.Joan was born in 1951 and she grew up in the Bronx, New York A former English teacher

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  • 14 December 2017

10 thoughts on “A London Season

  1. says:

    4.5 stars Loved it Jane and David have loved each other 4 ever, but she is noble, and he is a groom From the day they first meet at ages 7 and 8 they are inseparable, sharing a deep love for horses Jane is strong willed and socially a bit clueless, even though she is sought after for her beauty and fortune One reviewer thinks Jane may be slightly autistic David is yummy With coloring like a lion, he s strong yet gentle and diplomatic, liked by all In that sense, he is Jane s opposite, so he gently counsels her when her lack of tact becomes problematic And she listens, because she loves and trusts him above all others It s a very tight bond, like soulmates.But they can never be together, the aristocrat and the commoner.The suspense is a weak point There is greed here, and murder Horses, too, and races Newmarket, Ascot, etc Expect a twisty turny ending.Some mild lovemaking.The first third of the book is set in childhood and adolescence Half way into the book, we are dealing with the adult Jane and David, ages 17 and 18 Somehow this lengthy childhood section made the book seem longer than 224 pages, yet it was very sweet, and it set the stage.In the e book there are several typos Sentence missing its cap that sort of thing.Be sure to check out the sequel, where Jane and David appear in strong secondary roles See A Double Deception

  2. says:

    This is one of my all time favorites It is different from most typical regencies The story starts when the heroine, Jane, is 6 and the hero, David, is 7 They grow up together and fall in love but she is the daughter of a lord and he is a stable lad Eventually, she must go to London for a season she is 17, he is 18 but they both scheme to get back together She comes home from London with an unwanted suitor who soon tries to kill David I don t want to spoil it for new readers so I ll stop there.This book has some of my favorite quotes Example David tells everyone that he has agreed to give up Jane Jane s aunt by marriage is talking to her husband and another lord about separating the two while Jane and David are in another room Those two children love each other, my lord They love each other quite intensely, as a matter of fact If we refuse to allow them to marry with our blessing, they will marry without it Or they will simply go away and live together They will both be ruined socially and it will have been our fault The Marquis looked at his wife, respect in his eyes What do you think he is saying to her now he asked Whatever it is, Anne replied matter of factly you can be sure it isn t goodbye Trust me Read it.

  3. says:

    From then on they were Jane and David, a twosome, linked together against the outside world There was never a time when either child had put into words their need of each other it was something they understood instinctively At the death of her parents when she was six, Lady Jane Fitzmaurice is given into the care of her maternal uncle Jane loves horses much than dressing up in pretty dresses, and she s soon fast friends with stableboy David Chance The two are a bonded pair, and wellyou knowhow things change once children start growing up and they look at each other in a very different way but he s a stableboy and she s the daughter of an earl with a huge inheritance coming on her twenty first birthday and marriage is just not in the cards.Or is it You ll have to read it for yourself to find out

  4. says:

    I had to come up with a brand new shelf name to describe the heroine of Joan Wolf s superb Regency romance, A London Season, that of Alpha female There are plenty of romance books out there with Alpha males and the feisty, strong and smart heroines who love them, but this was the first time I came across a true Alpha female The narrative is driven by the sheer force of the heroine s will, which is just as steely when she is a six year old orphan dealing with the loss of her parents as when she is a seventeen year old, ready to throw all societal conventions and caution to the wind in order to achieve her happiness, that of a socially unacceptable marriage with the only person who she has ever loved and who has ever loved her I thought the author was so clever in creating this unusual heroine The sometimes harsh and off putting aspect of her personality was needed in order for the reader to suspend her disbelief at a young woman of that era and social class flouting convention and risking becoming an outcast with such cool aplomb The result was a totally believable character in which it was easy to invest emotionally in, and that made for a really thrilling, can t put it down read.

  5. says:

    I am so in love with this rather unusual romance It is certainly unlike all others of its genre this I feel I can safely say and I also saw in myself some of Jane s quirky characteristics The story is focused solely on Jane and David, albeit with a greater focus on Jane, and I enjoyed my evening with them from their initial meeting at ages 6 and 7, respectively, to their adulthood.In many ways, the romance is just perfect Jane and David are the embodiment of soulmates in the truest sense of the word, and the novel is akin to a treatise on their love I adore the secondary characters as well, and really enjoyed the reflection of familial love and societal norms from their interactions with our leads But in the end, love wins, as it always does in this genre, at least _ I heartily recommend this romance to all romance readers Sure, there are little flaws I can pick out and poke at, but I d rather not ruin my afterglow of this novel it makes one very, very happy.

  6. says:

    More like 3.5 I thought parts of this were really good, but have, overall, mixed feelings Premise Lady Jane is orphaned at 6 and sent to live with her bachelor uncle, where she is raised mostly by herself and scattered servants Jane doesn t like people much and seems to me vaguely like someone on the autism spectrum at times but loves horses and riding In her uncle s stables, she meets equally horse crazed young David Chance, the orphaned son of French emigres, who lives with his aunt Jane and David are two peas in a pod throughout their childhoods When they grow up, David becomes the new head trainer, and Jane reluctantly heads to London to do what girls of her class are supposed to do marry a man of her own kind But of course Jane and David have eyes only for each other and so on and so forth What I liked easily the first quarter of the book involves Jane and David as children, and I liked these parts Jane is a very strange child, but I liked how she was written She isn t warm or gentle or very feminine whatever that means to you she s singularly focused on what she s interested in horses, hunting, David and doesn t care much for anything else She isn t the version of that character you sometimes get in romances where the book claims that she loves horses and doesn t care for romance or convention or what people think of her, but it s all totally fake, and she clearly cares a lot secretly that people think she s great Jane isn t like that Jane is STRANGE, and I liked it The book accurately, IMO, senses that women like Jane are both compelling and alienating to almost everyone What I felt less enthused about I had assumed that the book would be a long segment about Jane and David growing up together, and then skip some time so that they re adults and resisting their mutual attraction That isn t really what happens the book continues pretty steadily right through adolescence, and the book ends when they re still only 17 and 18 I have a difficult time with romances about extremely young people On the one hand, I did think the book made a case that Jane and David have a unique connection On the other hand, life is very long, and it s easy to assume at 17 that you know everything there is to know I was startled that the book ended where it did I was assuming all along that there would be a time skip so that the happy ending didn t conclude until Jane and David were at least young adults NOPE Jane is not interested in other men and seems to only slowly realize that her interest in David is romantic sexual but David is definitely sexually aware of other women view spoiler David has an affair with an older married woman that I thought was kind of interesting he hides it from Jane, but the book doesn t seem interested in exploring the ways in which the affair is painful for his partner It just sort of abandons her I couldn t tell if this was because of the era it was written in haha, you adulterous slut, you got what you deserved but it left an off taste with me in terms of David s character Later, after Jane and David have pledged themselves to each other and have made some extremely soft focus, PG rated love , David is sexually tempted by a housemaid He rejects her advances, but I found it uncomfortable I felt less that David would always be sexually contented only with Jane because he loved her so, and like the two of them were having an extremely intense early love that might still burn itself out spectacularly hide spoiler

  7. says:

    I love this romantic and memorable childhood friends soul mates to lovers story The characterizations are so deft and true that the immediate and enduring bond of trust and love that forms between the six year old aristocrat, Jane Fitzmaurice and David Chance, the seven year old stableboy is believable throughout I quickly came to care for the fate of the young friends lovers as they matured and worried until the end that circumstance and family would tear them apart, despite the assurance of a happy ending That takes a very skillful writer, and Joan Wolf delivers.

  8. says:

    Dnf at 35%Although I love reading the angsty, drama filled romances, my favorite kind of romance is the slow burning, fluffy type where the hero and the heroine have known each other long enough to form a deep friendship that eventually grows into love I picked this one up because I thought the main characters relationship would be something like that.In this book the heroine s parents die when she s six and she has to leave her family home and move to her uncle s mansion There she meets the hero who is a stableboy and they soon fall into an easy friendship because of their common interest in horses.From then on they were Jane and David, a twosome, linked together against the outside world There was never a time when either child had put into words their need of each other it was something they understood instinctively Jane was temperamental and David was serene Jane was the niece of a Marquis and David s aunt gave French lessons They were different in so many ways, but in the most important way of all they were alike It was not something that needed to be said Simply, for the first time in their lives each child had someone he loved.The author does a good job of showing, rather than telling us how their affection develops over the years and as a result, it felt genuine and believable It was so sweet to see their relationship change as they grow up I was really enjoying it David s eyes were golden as he regarded the reed slim figure before him He put out a hand and touched her hair it felt like soft silk He noticed for the first time the beautiful way her head was set on her slender neck Suddenly he was fiercely glad she was not a boy He said as much, standing with his hand buried in the soft darkness of her hair I like you just the way you are I don t want you to change at all Jane was oddly still as her great light eyes searched his face Really she said wonderingly Really There was no mistaking the utter sincerity of his tone They left the tack room together as in accord with each other as usual They both knew that something of importance had occurred between them, although neither was quite sure what it was.And then the hero sleeps with someone else for his first time.It was like watching someone make the most delicious cake and just when you re about to dig in, they dump it in the trash bin What s the point of writing two characters so in tune with each other, so emotionally connected, if you throw it all away by writing the hero s first timewith someone else The other woman, Laura, finds David attractive and decides to pursue him She took off her cloak and came forward into the light of the fire She looked very lovely I have been thinking of you, David, she said softly Have you He hadn t moved, and his still beauty drew her like a magnet Yes, she murmured huskily She was tall, but she had to reach up quite a long way to pull his head down to meet hers He remained perfectly still for a minute, with her mouth on his, as if he were holding his breath Then his arms came up to encircle her and draw her closer After a long moment she pulled back from him and looked up, meeting his eyes, golden now with desire Let s go into the bedroom, she said All right, he answered, and held the door for her to precede him What annoys me is that Laura s character had no other purpose in the story She was solely introduced in order to sleep with the hero, and then she promptly vanished from the plot when Jane returns home from her semester in school He wished Laura would go, but he didn t know how to tell her He wasn t quite clear about his own feelings, but one thing he was sure of he never wanted Jane and Laura to meet He never wanted Jane to know about Laura In some obscure way he felt he had betrayed Jane and the feeling made him uncomfortable I dnf d at that point David hides his affair with Laura from Jane and it was never mentioned again for the rest of the book Apart from the mild discomfort he experienced in that one paragraph, he never feels guilty that he s hiding things from her and on top of that, he s once again tempted by a housemaid but he doesn t follow through with it It s so sad because Jane was never interested in other men David has always been her no.1 She deserves to at least know that he had been with someone else before her I generally don t have a problem with a hero who slept with other women in the past if he is paired with an equally experienced, non virginal heroine They both had a chance to explore their tastes before entering into the relationship so I feel it s all very balanced Most authors write an experienced hero and a virgin heroine and while it irritates me, it s so prevalent in romance that I let it slide as long as the hero doesn t boast or describe them in graphic detail.But writing the hero and the heroine grow up together, form a deep and special bond and then to throw it all away by having him sleep with someone else It was dreadful.

  9. says:

    This is a slim little romance in which childhood friends grow up to love each other, encounter difficulties, and everything turns out ok in the end Its strong points were an excellent attention to horsey detail, a hero I actually wanted to lick possibly due to him sounding like my high school crush , and a heroine, wellI think Jane was written as being on the autism spectrum Possibly not deliberately it was 1981 and there was a lot less public knowledge, but if we are going to argue than Jane Eyre was on the spectrum and I find it not improbable , then this Jane can be, too.My points She only bonds strongly to one person, and has a flat affect around people that she doesn t care about She is much comfortable with animals than humans She is repeatedly and strikingly oblivious to social cues She is not motivated by social rewards or punishments Having decided on a goal, everything she does is bent to that goal She has difficulty expressing herself verbally She finds social situations overwhelming, especially around people she doesn t know She is anxious and withdrawn around strangers, and it takes several times meeting someone to warm up to them.I might just attribute all that to shyness, but her utter lack of emotive expression toward anyone but her friend David is remarkable, especially in the context of an average romance novel, where even shy heroines have close female friends they talk to, or siblings they relate to.I think this is fascinating, but I could be constructing a house of cards I wish someone else would read it and let me know what they think, especially someone who is themselves on the spectrum It s an old old book, but my copy, at least, is not showing undue signs of poor printing, and has at least a few copies available used.Read if You want to investigate my theory, you like heroines for whom love is an ever fixe d mark , you are horse crazy.Skip if You are frustrated by a lack of pliability in characters, you hate childhood friends romances, you really hate horses.

  10. says:

    A really beautiful, quite sweet and innocent romance which I adored If nothing else this book a vacation from overly tortured heros not that that s not good on occasion and depressingly predictable heroines It can be read in one sitting if you consider a skipped meal or two a worthy sacrifice for a truly compelling book For the new to friends to lovers theme such as myself this is the perfect choice as it does away with the cliche of the long lost childhood friends reunited into lovers theme a them which may work sometimes but I ve rarely found well written and instead rekindles the sweetness of learning to see their best friend in a new and passionate light.David is a truly excellent romance hero for this heroine, his calm and steady manner and tone hide a core of true mettle and provide a perfect contrast I think it is Jane, however, who truly engages the audience Her bluntness, single minded passion, obtuseness and unwavering loyalty to her tiny world of friends and family sets the tone of the novel If this book had a motto it would be there is no Jane without David and no David without Jane.

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