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Review : Not so Sweet Maria

34517177Publication date : June 1st 2017

Genre : Clean regency romance

Source :  ARC provided

 

LOVE UNDER MISTAKEN IDENTITY.

The ton calls her Sweet Maria and, even in her fourth Season, eligibles continue to offer her marriage. They do not know Lady Maria despises the hypocritical ways of Polite Society and is trying to sail away to America!

Though the granddaughter of a duke, Lady Maria is a Child of Scandal because her mother was an American commoner. She blames the duke and the duchess for her parents’ death. Had they not disowned them, they would not have died of a virulent fever in America, leaving her an orphan at the age of five.

She has not forgotten the coldness she had met with as a child, and how there were those who examined her features for tainted blood, and disparaged her mother to her face.

She agrees to an arranged match to ward off her persistent suitors, treating the engagement as a sham one to be ended at her convenience.

Then, most unexpectedly, she finds love with a commoner. Only he isn’t a commoner but the Earl of Daventon.

Gareth, Earl of Daventon is no stranger to Scandal. Rumour has it that his father had banished his mother for adulterous behavior. He remembers his mother as a sweet, gentle woman and knows the late earl yearned until his last breath to have her back.

Love is a quagmire and I shall not be caught in it, he decides. But love finds him. The object of his ardour is a mysterious young woman who dresses like a shop girl and behaves like a lady.

Lord Daventon remedies the situation by accepting an arranged match, his betrothed being Lady Maria whom he hasn’t met.

All of which leads to a delightful tangle of affairs

My thoughts : 

The book starts with introducing us to the life of Maria  . She has lost both her parents and blames it all on the ton people , which is stupid . But then it goes without saying . I absolutely hate characters that hate on people as a bunch , but Jessica added a prologue which worked to make us understand .

Maria has had a rough childhood . Ever since her parents died , life has turned upside down for her . There was no one to love her . No one to hold her if she cried and she hates it . She has seen the love between her parents and wants it fiercely . Maria has developed a strong dislike for for the polite society and and is trying to get back to America where she had lived until the bitter death of her parents . She disguises her identity and catches the eye of a very pleasant man . Their oh-so-sweet moments are so limited to a few eye contacts and are very few …and I wanted more .

Garenth was besotted the moment he laid eyes on the girl but only refuses to do anything about the feelings they obviously have for each because he doesn’t know she’s a member of ton . He , too , has had a rough childhood , and knows that loving someone without having the feeling returned is worse than anything . His family had been subject to a scandal a little back and he doesn’t want to cause another scandal by marrying a common girl . I hated the last part .

He decides not to act on their obvious feelings for each other . What would strike the reader most would probably be how if the truth was laid out directly , all it would’ve taken was a simple : “I love you ” and a reply : “I love you , too ”

LESSON : Just go out and freaking tell what you feel . Concealing only makes the circle wider .

I didn’t like or understand why some unsavory characters didn’t receive their due .
And then there’s the matter of matter of Maria’s intelligence . I felt like she didn’t even have brain cells .She believes everyone and everything . And oh , I can’t believe the thing about her being everyone’s darling . That’s unrealistic. There are also scenes that serve no purpose . Like , are they fillers ?

At the end , Maria goes all “You didn’t tell me your real identity and all ” .Yeah , pot meets kettle .

But I did like it . The book managed to make me smile like an idiot .

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