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The great reviews drew me to this book But although I found it to be nice, okay, even sweet at times, there s nothing that lifts it much beyond the ordinary Spoilers Likable The mcs are are well matched The just back from war and PTSD suffering H who oscillates between being an enlightened, almost feminist guy and a thin skinned, insulting and judgemental jerk and the plain, actually a genius h make for a cute pair They slowly and surely grow as a couple without too many hiccups Only their well kept secrets are ticking bombs that can and do rip them apart The h is not just your average bluestocking but a Mensa level genius, a female Gregor Mendel who grows and breeds flowering plants I liked her but some of her choices are not well explained Her elder sister clears so many things at the end for the H and the reader I liked her dressing down the H Not so much Unlike many, I was okay with the H s illegitimate daughter Only she came out as a shock and Yes, the H has to be applauded for accepting her but still I disliked that she s mostly left to the servants to be reared Kudos to the h for trying to better her life but I don t think I read her being given a room in the house I hope I m wrong The H s secret is a bit ott and comparably unforgivable He had no right to take a higher moral ground Then those inner and outer monologues at the end are tedious and yawny Especially the uncle s and the father s Jane, the sister nailed it though. Una lectura agradable que en la parte final se estropea En las rese as del RitaAdele os cuento I love Adele Ashworth s books Why are they out of print I just finished Winter Garden, which is arguably one of the best ever written, and now I can t decide which one I like better I d like to own both, but you better get out your walletthey are BOTH out of printaghhh My Darling Caroline is a book about Caroline Grayson, a positively brilliant mathematician and botanist who has experienced much prejudice and shunning based on her gender She is forced into an arranged marriage with Brent Ravenscroft, but has no intention of staying married She plans to have the marriage anulled so that she can travel to America and study her botany abroad She didn t plan on falling in love with her husband Brent Ravenscroft is a man of true worth He respects Caroline s intelligence, makes no secret of his desire for her, and is forth right He is so appealing in many different ways, I had to keep myself from sighing in many of the things he says to Caroline throughout the book The characters make this book..as was the case with Winter Garden Ashworth throws in some secondary characters and some villains for good measure, but they are not needed The main couple is so strongly characterized and portrayed that you will not forget them The love scenes are erotic, yet emotional.a difficult thing to do well Ashworth excels at this Find this book along with Winter Garden You will be engrossed, hooked, and then in the spot I m in.how can I get my hands on a copy at a reasonable price DNF.Normally, I don t rate DNFs, but if I don t rate it, then future potential readers won t be aware of the sheer wrongness of this novel.Before their arranged marriage, the hero makes big deal out of the heroine s virginity Then says, he has to marry her whether she is ruined or not And that if she is pregnant with a child from another man, they would have to dispose of the child after his her birth.Meanwhile, he has a daughter from a French courtesan, which he does not disclose to the heroine before marrying her A daughter he treats like less than a human being Why can t he have housed her I don t care that he says that she is wild She is a child and she is treated really poorly.The heroine also sees the child and says, get rid of her although in her favour, she didn t know that the child was her husband s but regardless, you don t get rid off children I don t care that if later on in the book the heroine treats the child better or the hero finally treats her like his daughter If this happened now, I would call the police and have the father arrested for neglect. It was perfect for me.My Darling Caroline is one of the best books I have read in months, wonderfully written, emotionally satisfying book with characters I cared a lot about.There were quite a few moments I found myself laughing out loud or tearing up while reading if you like good writing, great characterizations, and like slow building relationship , then you will definitely love this book.This is definately a keeper.. Caroline was a born genius which during the time frame of this story was one of the worst things that could happen to a woman She wanted to study at university, but of course that wasn t accepted for a woman She was a botanist and a natural mathematician All her life though she was the odd one with no friends or suitors Here 4 sisters were blonde, blue eyed and beautiful while she was brown haired and brown eyed and thought to be plain When Lord Brent Ravenscroft comes to her father to buy back his precious horses that his cousin had sold out from under him while away at war, her father will only give them back if he marries Caroline So a marriage of convenience takes place, he does not want a wife He does not trust any woman as he has just had awful experiences with them When he gets Caroline to his stripped down home again thanks to his cousin he expects her to cry or throw a fit, but she casually accepts He also excepts his illegitimate daughter, who is said to be wild and have something not right about her, but Caroline discovers she is deaf and goes about helping her to understand Brent definitely desires his new wife and is seeing her as no one ever has He respects her and intelligence and that alone brings her to start caring for him Caroline agreed to this marriage but in her minds plans she intends to not consume the marriage, get an annulment, then move to America to go to college The thing is, she starts to fall for Brent and his little daughter What I just loved about this story, is how they slowly fell for each other I loved Brent s attempts at seduction, even though he was very forthright They each had secrets they kept from each other and you saw the whole big misunderstanding coming, but it wasn t cringe worthy like so many other storiesSometimes, my darling Caroline, when I can t take the want any longer I go and look at you Did you know that I stand by your bedside and watch you sleeping by moonlight, your angelic face draped in shadows, so lovely, so peaceful, and I wonder if you re dreaming about me You deserve a husband who wants you, Caroline, just as you are, and you know I do But as much as I need you, I don t want you if you re here right now from a feeling of guilt, or pity, or some odd sense of self righteousness or duty He abruptly glanced down once again to his brandy Because I also believe, even with my numerous faults, that I deserve a wife who wants me in return, just as I am Anything less isn t worth the pain Do you ever feel like you can t wait to get home and snuggle into bed and read your book You look forward to it all day long at work, and think of the characters and what is going to happen next That s how I felt about this romance This book was recommended to me from a friend at LibraryThing who said it was her favorite romance novel and I really wasn t sure what to expect Set during the Regency period in England, I thought it would be another steamy type of regency romance, lightweight and frothy but I was so wrong Yes, it was steamy at times, but this was a thinking woman s historical romance It makes you think and the plot was complex At times, I thought it was a bit too coincidental or convoluted, but by the end, it all made sense and it was a perfect epilogue I loved this book Caroline is a botanist, she breeds roses and dreams of one day traveling to America to study at Columbia University to live her life long dream She is gifted with a natural genius for numbers, doing complex computations in her head, but this kind of talent only gets her odd looks during the time and age of which she lives Her father marries her off to an arrogant, yet strangely gaunt and desperate nobleman Caroline has no intention of remaining married to him, planning to run off to America and pursue her dream of studying botany and getting an annulment She and her new husband, Brent, are distant with one another at first, but he is attracted to her and the build up to consummating their marriage is sexy and evocative She, a 26 year old virgin tells him he will not be her first and he believes her But, on their wedding night she boldy informs him that she cannot bed him He respects her wishes but little does he believe she means she will never bed him He is drawn to her dark good looks and intelligence He soon sees for himself that she is different from other girls He respects her aptitude with numbers and immediately puts her in charge of his finances Theirs is a marriage of convenience but he is determined to seduce her by any means he can think of Caroline comes across at first as selfish with her own intentions Even though she is beginning to like her new husband, and his deaf illegitimate daughter that she takes under her wing and becomes mother to, she still plans on leaving them I had a hard time with this concept, and I was glad to see at one point in the book, Brent points this out to her, how selfish she is Even though she is extremely bright and intelligent, she can be glaringly dense in some matters likes others feelings and learning to recognize what makes one truly happy Fortunately, over time, Caroline cannot stay immune to his charms and she finds her desire to leave him for America less and less appealing until eventually she gives the idea up altogether But, once Brent finds out what she intended to do, all hell breaks loose All the characters in this romance are complex and not what they seem on the surface there are many layers to them, with underlying scars or tortured wartime nightmares At first Brent seems like some obnoxious earl, but as we get to know him, he is so much and we grow to love him and his interesting history I don t want to give too much away, but he s not your typical alpha male, larger than life romantic hero, he has much depth to him, and it s moving to read what he says aloud, when he finally gives in to his feelings and wants to let Caroline know how he really feels about her I really loved their courtship and relationship together The main theme running throughout the story is one of women and how unfair the world was to them during this period It was simply a man s world back then Someone like Caroline faced many obstacles to be able to become a botanist it would have been virtualy unheard of and impossible for her to achieve her dream in real life outside a romance novel Intelligent women were not treated seriously by most men and this is driven home in the story Caroline respresented the women of the day, and Brent supported her, going against the typical male stereotype of keeping the little woman in her place, born to marry, have babies and tend their flower gardens.There is much, much to this book than I ve described Some other plotlines are that Brent has a few secrets from his past we want to know about, he also has a nemesis from France who is stalking him, waiting to kill him, and Brent must come to terms with his sister from America who has returned to reconcile with him But, the main plot is how he and Caroline grow to care for one another What starts out as an awkward arranged marriage truly becomes a meeting of the minds they are ideal for one another.Do yourself a favor and read this book, it was interesting and well written, except for Brent s constant use of the word sexy, which I thought sounded a bit too modern for a Regency, but I still enjoyed it very much I intend to read by this author in the future 4.5 5 Oh My God A romance novel where the tragic misunderstandings MAKE SENSE within the framework of the plot and characters Be still my heart Seriously though, this is a fantastic marriage2true love story The attraction and affection between the characters makes sense and you just can t stop rooting for them Every mistake they make makes sense for their personalities Strong female character, strong male character, and a simply wonderful story Highly recommend.Oh, and it doesn t hurt that the author managed to remind me of my favourite romcom of all time Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi with the last scene before the epilogue. {Kindle} Î My Darling Caroline ó Remarkablean Emotionally Enthralling Story Readers Will Embrace These Entertaining Characters Arnette Lamb A True Classic, My Darling Caroline Marked The Debut Of USA Today Bestselling Author Adele Ashworth And Now It S Back To Enthrall Historical Romance Fans Once Again An Enchanting Tale Of A Most Unorthodox Marriage Of Convenience, My Darling Caroline Won The Prestigious RWA RITA Award For Best First Novel, Heralding The Arrival Of The Extraordinary Talent Who Lisa Kleypas Proclaimed, A Thrilling New Discovery Certain To Become One Of Romance S Most Beloved Writers I felt betrayed because the hero had an illegitimate daughter who was 4 years old and got married without telling the heroine about his daughter.The book blurb didn t mention this and I usually avoid books with kids.I kept reading anyway but I didn t feel any romance between the hero and heroine I gave up about halfway through.