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    Kitty Charing was infuriated when her guardian compels her cousins to offer to mary her -- especially when the cousin of her choice did not appear. In an effort to make Jack, her cousin of choice jealous, she begs Freddie -- the cousin who had the least bit of interest in her -- to pretend they were betrothed.
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    In her one month stay in London, Kitty found that everything was not as she had thought them to be. She learned that she could be quite beautiful with the right clothes and quite different from the plain girl her straitlaced upbringing had allowed. She learned of the beautiful sights and the gaiety of London but that there were some things in London she should be wary of. She also learned that she did not like Jack more than she liked Freddie.

    Freddie, on the other hand, learned that there was more to him than other people saw -- more than the dandy in his fancy cravats and impeccable clothes and manner. As he tried to help Kitty out of all sorts of scrapes, he grew quite fond of her and could not help wanting to make true their engagement.
The review of this Book prepared by Christine Tomas

Her uncle rewrites his will so that she will inherit everything if she marries one of his great nephews. The one she likes, Jack, stayed away, so she talks Freddy Stanton into pretending to be engaged with her so she can go to London and make Jack jealous. Jack doesn't want to marry. Freddy takes her everywhere and falls in love with her. She keeps getting into fixes helping others and Freddy comes to the rescue time and again.
The review of this Book prepared by Deborah Stoops

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Regency era Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one woman-two men Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   unemployed    -   homemaker Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   60%    -   80% Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Focus of story    -   Her    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much sexing?    -   no sex

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