The Girl With the Persian Shawl
Jove, Dec 2002, 5.99, 384 pp.
Any smart aristocratic female knows to abide by the unwritten rules of the Ton if she wants to catch a suitable husband. Thus most debutantes know when to smile, laugh, and speak. Most also realize not to show any bluestocking-leanings such as handicaps caused by intelligence, a head for business, or obstinacy. Kate Kendell is in the minority of as she does not care about the Regency regimen. Instead she will rip skin off business managers and suitors so that is why she is considered on the shelf with no prospects on the geriatric age of twenty-four.
Lord Ainsworth, Harry Girard, visits Kate and her family to admire the highly regarded painting, THE GIRL WITH THE PERSIAN SHAWL. Kate is beyond rude towards Harry who is stunned by her attitude since he had not done anything amiss towards her. Still, he delights in her pounding him so he returns. He even begins to question whether love turned him into a masochist.
THE GIRL WITH THE PERSIAN SHAWL is a charming Regency romance that sub-genre fans will enjoy especially the antics of the stubborn but brilliant Kate. Harry is an ideal lead protagonist who wants to simply kiss the kissable Kate, but spends much time fending off her barbs and the love declarations of another woman. Readers will enjoy this witty relationship romp though at times Kate seems to collect too many pelts.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner