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How to Treat a Lady Mass Market Paperback – Nov 25 2003
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About the Author
Karen Hawkins was raised in Tennessee, a member of a huge extended family that included her brother and sister, an adopted sister, numerous foster siblings, and various exchange students. In order to escape the chaos (and while hiding when it was her turn to do the dishes), she would huddle under the comforter on her bed with a flashlight and a book, a habit she still embraces to this day.
Top Customer Reviews
At first the deception kept the bank from demanding payment right away, but when the mysterious sea captain fails to appear, they begin to demand an introduction. Thus when Chase lands in the Ward household and pretends he has amnesia so as not to reveal his own identity and bring his famous brothers post haste to fetch him back home, the Wards decide to pass him off as the made-up Captain.
This was a very funny and warm-hearted tale. I loved both Chase and Harriet and cannot wait to find the other books that went before this one. I hope Ms. Hawkins writes fast!
The story is pleasant, has a bit of intrigue (especially with 2 villains, one for each lead), a hefty dose of laugh-out-loud humor, and nice couple. Chase is a bit selfish and spoiled, but also haunted (wrongly as it turns out). The reader can feel his despair and longing. Enter the ever-so-competent Harriet, who inspires him to get out of himself and look at life and family differently. Their relationship doesn't sizzle, but you can certainly see their growing respect and friendship. Chase is the one who really changes in the novel, with Harriet's changes being more of an awakening.
There are fun moments based on wrong identities, occasional farce, and warm, familial asides. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter do have a pattern, though it's not always obvious what they have to do with the chapter, and some are quite amusing. I don't know if this is a pattern with this series, but the gimmick could, if better executed, make these books distinctive similar to JQ's Lady Whistledown (though not as integrated into the plot).
All in all, a nice book, but not up there with the best of them. If I could, I'd give it 3 & 1/2 stars. I was leaning toward 4 before I wrote this review, if only because of the laughter. But as I wrote it and remember how slow it was in the beginning, I think I'll wind up with 3 stars -- though 3 & 1/2 is truly more accurate. It's good enough that I'll read Hawkins' other books in this series; JQ hasn't led me astray before.
Chase St John has decided to leave London before he can shame his family with his recent dissolute behaviour under the influence of his so-called friend Harry Annesley. One incident in particular haunts Chase and is a source of tremendous shame and guilt of which he cannot absolve himself (causing another's death is unforgivable, afterall). On the road to Dover and a ship waiting to take him to Italy, he is set upon by footpads and left for dead. He is discovered by Miss Harriet Ward and her sisters and awakes in their home with a wound to his head. Not wanting his identity known, Chase pretends amnesia, which Harriet doubts. He seems awfully content for a man who remembers nothing!
Harriet and family have one last payment to make on the mortgage and Garrett Park will truly be theirs. But to keep the bank at bay until the sheep are sheared and the wool sold, Harriet's mother invented a fiancé for Harriet - a dark haired, blue eyed sea captain who is due to return any day with a hold full of booty and lots of money. So far this stall tactic has worked, but there is one banker who is not buying the story and wants to force payment. When Mr. Gower shows up, Mrs. Ward strikes again, telling the dark haired, blue eyed Chase that he is the fictitious Capt.Read more ›
Desperate to keep the bank from foreclosing while she and her family collect the wool from their sheep, Harriet's mother makes up a fiancee -- handsome, wealthy sea captain, Captain John Frakenham. This convinces the bank officials to wait on collecting the loan -- they think the Captain will arrive and pay off the last of the debt. But after a while, they begin to wish to meet this elusive man ... and then they wonder if he really exists ...
When Chase pretends to have amnesia in an effort to keep anyone from knowing his identity and telling his family of his location, Harriet's family decide that Chase will make a wonderful Captain Frakenham. And so, they tell the man they think has no memory that he is their lost Captain and that he is in love with the willful Harriet.
Harriet, for her part, suspects that Chase does indeed know who he is and she has no wish for the sham fiancee, though she has little choice. And so the sparring begins.
One of the things I love best about Karen Hawkins is that she always writes smart, capable, intelligent heroines and Harriet Ward is one of the best. Frankly, this book has some of the wittiest, most enjoyable interplay between the two key characters that I've ever read. Ms.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I was excited to get back to this series and read how the tailsman ring was going to thwart yet another of the St. John men. Read morePublished 10 months ago by CrazyBookNerd
This book is an interesting plotline and likeable characters brought down a notch by poor dialogue. I like when authors use the correct vernacular of the time period, but this... Read morePublished on April 20 2004
I enjoyed this book very much, and thought it a good companion to the other Talisman Ring books. I disagree with the reviewer "Disappointed"... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004
I was really looking forward to Chase's story. In all the previous St. John novels, Hawkins hinted that something was wrong with this beloved brother and I was mightily intrigued. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by freefallingstar
Its a keeper, and one that I will read again later. I loved the story, about the rich (Chase) having to come down to earth, and EEK actally work on a farm, with the wonderful,... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Just a Dreamer
I love Karen Hawkins and have to say that I have her on my top author list and she is an automatic buy. I was mildly disappointed in this book though. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003