May 12 2006
Dear. Mrs. Connolly,
I’ve been a Richard and Rose series fan for years now. I’m looking forward to seeing poor Richard suffer while Rose is in labor and I’m really looking forward to poor Rose ending her 2 year pregnancy. So, in the meantime, I thought I’d try Noblesse Oblige and see how you write regency era books. The answer would be exactly like you write the Richard and Rose series. Well, pretty darn close. And I mean *exactly* and not in a good way.
When I started NO, I began to get glimmers of unease. They only increased as the book progressed. If you hadn’t written it yourself, I would have thought someone had lifted whole plot elements from your RR series and inserted them into a different (very slightly different) setting.
Let’s see, heroine of a lower class than hero? Yes. Heroine not beautiful and not expecting to ever get a marriage proposal? Yes, as well. Heroine who plays the piano beautifully and hero who loves to listen to her? Again, yes. Opposition by outsiders to marriage of hero and heroine? Indeed. Seemingly instant love? Well, in RR it was love at first sight and in NO the heroine loves the hero while he at first seems more reticent in his feelings but then suddenly he’s in love with her without you ever really explaining the turnabout in feelings. Heroine resisted by society and/or servants? Well, pretty much. Rose had her inlaws to win over and society gawking in amazement while Marianne has to contend with servants dissing her as well as some family members. Evil presence up to no good? Got that in both books as well as both sets of h/h running around trying to find said evil character and put a stop to things.
Can you see why I began to think I was watching a summer rerun? I will, as I said, read your next RR series book but please, don’t feed me a hashed version of that series and expect me to be happy with it. Oh, and who the hell is that woman in a strapless dress who is looming over the castle in the cover? C- for you.