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REVIEW: Yorkshire by Lynne Martin (aka Lynne Connolly)

This was originally posted last August. The book, however, was not in print anywhere as the author had moved publishers. I received notice that this is now available from Mundania Press in both print and ebook form. This is a favorite series of Jayne and mine and one of our first introductions to epublishing. Who knew it could be so good?

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Dear Mrs. Connolly,

yorkshire-sm.jpgI had often heard you mention your books at the yahoo Regency chat site but when I first decided to try them, there were very few reviews out there. So I pretty much had to take a big ($17.00) gamble on this one as at the time I wasn’t reading ebooks. I’m glad to say it paid off nicely. Though it’s listed as an out of niche romance/mystery, the mystery actually takes second place to the romance. I’m glad to hear that the whole series, as well as two new books, will be available again in ebook and print form from Mundania Press.

What we get is a period (Georgian) detailed look at two people falling in love against some pretty tall odds. Richard Kerre is a handsome lord who could have his pick of women. Rose is frankly amazed that he seems to love her. And Richard is floored to have finally discovered his soulmate when he least expected her, and when he’s in no position to make her an honest offer. He’s contracted to marry a society beauty and in those days, a signed marriage contract was legally binding and if broken, could lead to expensive legal payouts and being shunned in society.

Rose’s family also has doubts about Richard’s true intentions. He’s known as a seducer and worldly man. Why would he choose a plain, twenty-five year old, on the shelf, provincial nobody? To add to that, there is an old scandal involving Richard’s twin brother and a possible one if the identity of a killer is not determined.

MVC-013F_small.jpgUnfortunately, you do resort to some standard plot devices to tell your otherwise unusual story and parts of the book could have used a touch more editing. It’s told in first person and perhaps you were trying for a more natural sound but there are some awkward sentences. Typos, though not many, add to some sloppy typesetting that I hope your new publisher will improve on. But despite those problems, I was pulled into the story and wanted to know how things would work out. I felt I was getting a glimpse into a different era. This is, I believe, your first or second published book and one that I’ll give a qualified B. The next books in the series are Devonshire and Venice which follow Richard and Rose’s path toward matrimony. I’m glad the series will be out again and hope that readers who missed them the first time around will check them out.

~Jayne

PS, when your new publisher gets your new cover art set, we will upload it.

Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

6 Comments

  1. Keishon
    Aug 05, 2006 @ 08:03:13

    Great review. I’ve heard good things about her work. I’ll have to dig this out of my TBR pile as well. Thanks.

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  2. Angie
    Aug 05, 2006 @ 08:40:05

    I am not a huge historical fan (as can be seen by looking at my books read in 2006, lol) but these were some of the first ebooks I read and I still recommend them to people, despite the fact that they’re not available yet. I just make sure to tell them to buy them when they release. I think it’s been a very loooong wait to the next book, though. Too long, lolol.

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  3. Lynne Connolly
    Aug 05, 2006 @ 09:44:13

    Wow, thank you!
    The new version does away with Lord and Lady Southwood and their daughter. I’d wanted to do that for years! Now, Richard, Gervase and Julia arrive as an advance party, Richard because he’s looking for mischief, Gervase to try to keep Richard out of mischief, and Julia (plus duenna) because she doesn’t intend to let him out of her sight until their wedding day!

    Love the art, what is it? And yes, as soon as the cover art is finalised, I’ll let you know.

    Currently revising the hell out of A Griffin’s Treasure, prior to its September release and wondering why I ever decided to write it in the first place (lol!)

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  4. Jayne
    Aug 05, 2006 @ 13:57:39

    Love the art, what is it? And yes, as soon as the cover art is finalised, I’ll let you know.

    Honestly, I don’t remember where I got this picture. After you said that the new art wasn’t ready yet, I spent a few hours online trying to find suitable pictures to use which had the correct period dress but which weren’t portraits of Madame Pompadour. It wasn’t easy, let me tell you. ;) And now that I try and go back and find the source, I can’t. I did try and use the ones you have on your website but could’t get them to upload properly.

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  5. Jayne
    Aug 05, 2006 @ 14:00:54

    Angie, the wait has been sooooo long. Poor Rose has been enciente for, what?, two years now. Ack! She’s got to be ready to get that baby out.

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  6. Lucinda Betts
    May 29, 2007 @ 19:22:03

    Hey Lynne:

    Congrats on the great review! I love to see those of us lifers on Charlotte’s loop thrive in the big bad world!

    SWAK,
    Lucinda

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