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An Acomplished Woman (2007)

por Jude Morgan

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As a young woman, clever, self-reliant Lydia Templeton scandalised society by rejecting Lewis Durrant, the county's most eligible bachelor. Ten years later, Lydia has no regrets and, having concluded that matters of the heart need no longer trouble her, she is quite happy to remain unwed. But others still seek Lydia's advice on their love lives, and when her godmother implores her to take her young ward Phoebe's search for a suitor in hand, it's hard to refuse. In truth, the prospect fills Lydia with horror (especially as she must go to Bath of all places to do it), but poor Phoebe, having managed to promise herself to two men at once, rather needs her help. However, finding a solution to Phoebe's dilemma proves far trickier than anyone imagined. As affairs become increasingly tangled, Phoebe more muddled and Lydia's exasperation grows, the confirmed spinster finds that her own heart is not quite the closed book she thought it was...… (mais)
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Lydia Templeton was not a female protagonist that I admired greatly. Although she was an intelligent, strong personality, she failed to examine her own faults and was quick to look for them and even distort the faults of others. Much of this unattractive trait was only revealed in her inner dialogue, with the exception being whenever she was in the presence of Mr. Durrant, her neighbor and spurned former beaux. Her selfishness and critical tendencies flared more glaringly when she was away from her Papa, Dr. Templeton, a man of very gentle character and a benign tempering influence. The mutable love vacillations of her friend and protégé , Miss Phoebe Rae was tedious and overdone. I failed to see the appeal of either of her suitors, Mr. A or Mr. B. Subsequently, I found myself skimming the paragraphs, in true doubt I would be pleased if she chose either of them. As she was an heiress with fifty thousand pounds (3.9Mil by today's standards), I rather thought if I was in that enviable position, I'd be profoundly more choosy and take my time! For welcomed comic relief we were given the prattling of absurdly pretentious Mrs. Vawser (all my friends will tell you...) and the vulgar, preening Mrs. Allardyce (it may sound impertinent, but that's my way...) who showed the worst examples of regency womanhood. Yet, I did not enjoy this novel of Mr. Morgan's quite as much as the first one I read entitled Indiscretion. However, in my review of that book, I criticized the abrupt slipshod ending. This ending was a small measure improved. All being said, Jude Morgan is still a cut above in the quality of writing compared to other clean regency romances. ( )
  AnnieMK | May 12, 2021 |
Jude Morgan has drifted in and out of my awareness these last few years, but it wasn’t until I settled down with An Accomplished Woman that I realised he’s rather brilliant at Regency comedies of manners in a Georgette Heyer style. Indeed, I decided I was going to thoroughly enjoy it based on the final lines of the very first chapter. The rest of the book channels Heyer with aplomb, boasting a plot that has certain echoes of her novels, but Morgan infuses it all with a modern consciousness that gives it a warmly witty spark, and stuffs it so full of bon mots that I was kept busy scribbling them all down...

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2018/01/10/an-accomplished-woman-jude-morgan/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Jan 23, 2018 |
Lydia is an intelligent, independent woman who refused a very eligible bachelor in her younger years and has lived a fancy-free life with her father ever since. Her godmother asks her to chaperone a young woman and give her the benefit of her experience. Much against her will she becomes involved in this young woman's life to disastrous effect.
This is a mostly well-written book that occasionally goes on a bit too long in monologue, but on the whole is enjoyable. Well-narrated audible book. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
Lydia Templeton, 30, is asked by her godmother to accompany young heiress Phoebe to Bath as her chaperone and help Phoebe to choose between her two suitors, both of whom she claims to be in love with. Lydia's neighbour, Lewis Durrant, whose offer of marriage Lydia declined 10 years ago, also goes to Bath to seeks a wife because he dislikes the man who will otherwise be his heir.

I listened to the first 5 hours on audiobook, decided my life was too short and skipped to the last chapter. The last chapter was very lovely, so I bought the Kindle version and read/skimmed the remaining chapters. It is still my opinion that the last chapter is very lovely, but the book as a whole is too long. The first chapters, set in London and featuring Lydia's brother and his wife, are wholly irrelevant to the main story and should have been dispensed with. There was altogether too much of Phoebe being indecisive and annoyingly naive. Again the whole existence of Emma, her husband and Mrs Vawser (Mrs Elton) was unnecessary to the main plot and could have been omitted without anything being lost. ( )
  pgchuis | Oct 26, 2014 |
This is one of the few books where I actually did laugh out loud. A light, fun read. ( )
  CateK | Jun 3, 2013 |
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As a young woman, clever, self-reliant Lydia Templeton scandalised society by rejecting Lewis Durrant, the county's most eligible bachelor. Ten years later, Lydia has no regrets and, having concluded that matters of the heart need no longer trouble her, she is quite happy to remain unwed. But others still seek Lydia's advice on their love lives, and when her godmother implores her to take her young ward Phoebe's search for a suitor in hand, it's hard to refuse. In truth, the prospect fills Lydia with horror (especially as she must go to Bath of all places to do it), but poor Phoebe, having managed to promise herself to two men at once, rather needs her help. However, finding a solution to Phoebe's dilemma proves far trickier than anyone imagined. As affairs become increasingly tangled, Phoebe more muddled and Lydia's exasperation grows, the confirmed spinster finds that her own heart is not quite the closed book she thought it was...

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