Reforming the Viscount
Author: Annie Burrows [Website][Facebook]
Publisher: Harlequin Historical - Regency
Length: 277 + "Author's Note"
Obtained: A co-worker brought it back from ALA. Another co-worker gave it to me when she finished reading it.
Why this book?:
I occasionally read the genre. A co-worker said it was good and passed it on to me when she finished it.
Reforming the Viscount is a clear example of how key communication is. And how miscommunication can make a mess of relationships. Because that is the history that lies between Lydia and the Viscount. A series of miscommunications.
For instance, I totally thought Lydia handled discussing certain issues regarding her sister and previous marriage poorly. And while that lack of explanation is supposed to be due to a lack of trust, if felt more to me to be a bit woe-is-me. I still liked Lydia, despite that. But it needs saying.
And the Viscount (sorry, I'm blanking on his name), needs to work on his communication as well. Because he did an awful lot of jumping to conclusions and making assumptions. And in his past he said one thing while apparently meaning another. In other words, he made a big ol' mess of things. But I still liked his character as well.
The author's note at the end is both interesting and horrifying. She discusses how the mentally ill were treated and it was not good or nice. But I'm not sure how well she integrated what she was trying to say with the overall story. Lydia's sister, her history (she is developmentally slow due to a high fever as a child - something that happened to one of my great-aunts, too), and the relationships with and reactions to her sometimes felt pushed.
Overall, despite some issues this was a quick and enjoyable read.