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Great beginning, disappointing ending
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2012
The first chapters are brilliant. It sets the story of Lucy, a wallflower, engaged to Cyrus, whose mother married beneath her station and who has a plan to get back into the Ton. Lucy inherits money from an aunt and her mother soon pushes her to break the engagement and look for a better (read titled) gentleman to marry.
Both Lucy and Cyrus are nice characters. Lucy, especially, shows that she has a brain and is not afraid to use it. She will only break the engagement for her own purposes and the dialogue between her and Cyrus on the reasons to get married is very very good.
Unfortunately, it all goes downward from there and since the beginning was really great, my high expectations were crushed. Maybe because of the length of the novella, maybe because the author had no idea of how to pace her plot but those two engaged characters seem to fall in love overnight and poof, on to wedded bliss.
If the author had sustained the promise of her first chapters, this would a been a five-star.