Nov 28, 2021

A Useful Woman

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  • Title: A Useful Woman
  • Author: Darcie Wilde
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  • Page: 295
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A Useful Woman

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  1. Copy gifted by the author, posted to me by Sarah C one of the moderators of the Jane Austen Group Thanks very much for that.This book isn t Heyerish a definite point in it s favour most of GH s imitators turn out very shoddy work but it does contain two things that pop up often in Heyer s Regency works the very exclusive social club Almack s As has often been mentioned in Regency works, Almack s wasn t comfortable or even attractive, served bad refreshments and the patronesses were crashing snob [...]


  2. Rosalind Thorne is an impoverished gentlewoman who makes a living being useful to members of the haut ton Once she had it all family, fortune and love then it all went away when her father ran off, leaving behind a mountain of debts Rosalind s Mama was unable to cope with the situation so Lady Blanchard, Rosalind s godmother, stepped in to help Rosalind owes everything to Lady Blanchard and now Lord Blanchard is being transferred to Koningsberg, Rosalind needs to find her own way When the imperi [...]


  3. A Useful Woman is the first in a new series of mysteries set in the Regency period featuring Rosalind Thorne, a young lady of good birth who, through no fault of her own has fallen upon hard times Even though it s a murder mystery, it s a very gentle and rather polite story, which I suppose befits the time in which it is set There are no gritty looks at real life or characters with ISSUES, so the book might suit someone looking for a change of pace from the current trend for grisly, tortuous plo [...]


  4. This book was an all around fabulous surprise It did the job of setting up a new series, offering up a cunning mystery plot, challenging characters, and the history came alive in this one It was one of those books where I started it late at night with the whole I ll just read one or two chapters chestnut and ended up finishing half in one sitting And then the next day, I was in a feverish need to get back to the story Was this some exciting pulse pounding thriller Nope, but it was straight up go [...]


  5. A USEFUL WOMAN Rosalind Thorne Mysteries 1 Written by Darcie WildeMAY 3, 2016 384 PagesGenre historical, mystery, romance I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review 1 2Rosalind Thorne, a daughter of a baronet, is dreaming of her future with the man she loves when one night her mother and her return home early from a party Her older sister is quickly packing and fleeing into the night It seems her father is in financial trouble and has chosen to abandon his wife and you [...]


  6. I heard about this book on a forum of Historical Romance readers and thought the premise was intriguing, so I decided to give it a whirl The protagonist of A Useful Woman isn t your typical Regency Era heroine who s a starry eyed miss attending balls and hoping to snag the perfect titled husband Rosalind Thorne has no hopes of a good match as she s broke and her family name s been disgraced by her profligate father Forced to make her own way, Rosalind is now a social secretary to various high so [...]


  7. 3.5 stars This read like it should be a television or movie plot It was very interesting, well done and I liked the mystery and the setting of the whole story among the Almack ton I really liked view spoiler Honorio and I hope her friendship with Rosalind is expanded on in future books hide spoiler Didn t really feel close to Rosalind, she was hard to get a read on even though she was the main character hence the 3 star rating I already have book 2 checked out from the library though and I m rea [...]


  8. Was super into this I keep stumbling across it, and so decided to read it today.I keep wanting historical mystery series where women, instead of just ignoring the constraints and conventions of their time, are forced to operate within them This is definitely one of those I mean, I m sure it s not 100% accurate, but it s accurate enough It s accurate by historical fiction standards, and there was nothing glaring Choices are well justified There are certain things the characters just don t do At n [...]


  9. The blurb for this book does it a disservice Using the phrase inspired by the novels of Jane Austen raises a series of expectations that A Useful Woman is destined to disappoint That s unfortunate, because it s quite a good novel for what it really is.What it is, is a historical mystery There are the usual romanceus interruptus elements that you find in mystery fiction today but no marriage plot , there is mayhem, there are unanswered questions, there is an investigation, there is peril and an u [...]


  10. Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures.Rosalind Thorne is a woman that lives on the edges of the ton She was once a debutante on the verge of making a match That life was destroyed when Rosalind s father abandoned her and her mother because of some shady business dealings Due to her constrained circumstances Rosalind had to make herself useful, and in that, she maintains her position in society.Normally, Rosalind helps woman organize parties or assists in a strategic retreat from prying eyes [...]


  11. I did really appreciate that, as Andree said, this is a historical have to work within the conventions of their time.But ultimately the writing annoyed me I didn t ever understand well enough why Rosalind and Honoria didn t like each other or why Devon dropped Rosalind view spoiler I m rooting for the other guy hide spoiler and there too much, Something about what he said made her think of something and A niggling thought at that back of her mind I don t mind not figuring things out, but I hate [...]


  12. Poor Jane Austen Underappreciated in her own time, she now finds her name attached to almost any book that a is set in Regency England, and b that doesn t contain sex scenes This book matches both of those criteria, but Austen didn t write mysteries, and she never mentioned Almack s or the Bow Street Runners Still, publishers marketing departments know the Austen connection, no matter how tenuous, sells books, so I wasn t expecting an Austen clone.A good thing, too, because it wasn t even close [...]


  13. I don t know if it was the time and place or just the book, but I haven t read such an engrossing historical mystery in a long time Wilde takes the rigid, unforgiving, exclusive rules of Regency society and uses them to create a gripping murder plot at the glittering center of the ton s universe, Almack s Assembly Rooms I hope Wilde has several puzzles and plots dreamed up for our heroine, Rosalind Thorne, as she shows great promise she is brave, extremely clever, socially adept, knows everyone [...]


  14. 4.5 stars I really loved this witty, Agatha Christie style mystery set in Regency England Rosalind is a wonderful, resourceful heroine, the setting is just beautifully done, and I kept sneaking moments to read this book when I should have been working on my own book or packing up my house for an upcoming move It was just so much fun I loved all the different women scheming and maneuvering within the bounds of civility, and I LOVED the way Rosalind s own arc ended in this novel it was just perfec [...]


  15. I feel like I should open by mentioning one thing the fact that I m writing an enthusiastic review for a mystery is no small thing Mystery is one of the most popular genres among readers, but for some reason it s not a genre that I often enjoy In fact, I rarely even read them, and when I do I don t always finish Fortunately for me, A Useful Woman had one thing that was bound to make me notice it the setting It takes place in London during the 1800s, with all the trappings we have come to expect [...]


  16. This is billed as a Regency Mystery, and it is that, but also features a touch of romance Rosalind Thorne is barely hanging on to the fringes of the ton, after being disgraced through no fault of her own Her father s scandalous actions and cowardly escape from London left Rosalind with crippling debt, the care of her overwrought, unstable mother, the loss of being able to marry her love, and than enough shame to overwhelm most people Rosalind decides to hang on to society, and contrives to make [...]


  17. Though the publisher billed this historical mystery as Austenesque, it really wasn not.However, it was a delightful reading experience and I will happily read the next book in the series.


  18. I enjoy reading about the Regency era, knowing going in that it s likely not going to be very historically accurate Most stuff published these days is frothy ballroom romances, rakes and reformers, highwaymen and heroines A Useful Woman departs from this standard by trying to be far historically accurate in how gender roles really worked at the time, at least within the nobility Rosalind Thorne has been abandoned by her wastrel father, sister who ran off with father, and a mother who died of th [...]


  19. This felt a bit like a Regency research paper I appreciate historical detail, but it shouldn t overwhelm the plot Still, I enjoyed Rosalind and Harkness who I pictured as John Barrowman I couldn t help it , and it fits with my reading theme for the month austenaugust2017


  20. 4.5 starsA Useful Woman turned out to be so much better than I thought it would be I hate starting out with that sentence, but in this case it s the absolute truth One of the employees of my favorite book store recommended it to me, and I bought it when it first came out Then the book sat on my bedside table for weeks before I finally decided to start it I think the cover is what put me off the book Thankfully, A Useful Woman was a very fun and clever read I enjoyed it so much that I read it in [...]


  21. On the cusp of becoming engaged to Devon Winterbourne, her family is nearly ruined by her father s abandonment Rosalind Thorne begins to manage the affairs of London s influential women, until one case brings her back in touch with Winterbourne, now Lord Casselmaine Let me just say, I think she is better off with the Bow Street runner While reading this book, I was sort of in a reading slump, so this book didn t really connect with me I thought it was just alright, nothing I would rave about It [...]


  22. 3 1 2 stars to the first of what I hope will be a long series.Oh, we are once again in Regency England this time with famed social venue Almack s at the center of attention Foul murder has been committed there who did the deed and why are the questions of the day And to add insult to injury, it is possible that some of the highly sought after vouchers may be gasp forgeries Are the two crimes related Rosalind is an engaging heroine and I liked her newspaper friend Alice and the beleaguered Honori [...]


  23. Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review This just did nothing for me I nearly gave it 1 but I m feeling nice this morning I m used to outlandish plots that stretch credibility of what might have occurred, but this just went too far for me I can some times get past crazy like this if the characters are totally engaging, but this was slow to pick up for me and I never got past my sense of Huh What s this It s a shame, because I like Regency romances, I like Cozy Crime, I like Regency cr [...]


  24. Rosalind Thorne was a privileged daughter of the aristocracy, and then her father defaulted on an enormous quantity of debt, and fled the country with Rosalind s older sister, Charlotte Rosalind and her mother took refuge with Rosalind s godmother, Lady Blanchard Rosalind s mother has since died Her father reappeared, briefly, attempting to demand money from the Blanchards, and Rosalind had set up her own extremely modest household.Since then she has been clinging to the edges of gentility, on t [...]


  25. A Useful Woman by Darcy Wilde opens in 1812 with Rosalind Thorne s discovering that her family is left in financial disgrace and her father has run off to avoid facing his responsibilities Her unofficial engagement to Devon Winterbourne is certain to be broken The book then shifts to 1817, when Rosalind, no longer part of the first circle of society, serves as a sort of high class social secretary to help others still in the first circle to bring their daughters out into society.Read the rest of [...]


  26. I should have liked this book Everything about it appealed to me Austen esque, mystery, set in England But it just didn t I have no idea why, but I had to force myself through it.


  27. An historical mystery with the Regency level turned up to maximum The body of the murder victim is discovered in the ballroom at Almack s The mystery involves a bet entered in the famous book at White s The sleuths are a Bow Street Runner and a young woman who has fallen from the ranks of the ton and survives by being useful to society ladies All that s missing is some Heyer ish cant about vowels and Banbury stories and making a cake of oneself.While this is not especially clever and witty , as [...]


  28. I loved, loved, LOVED this book This is a fabulous Regency story, with addicting characters, a clever, engrossing plot, the drama of the ton in all its ridiculousness, oh, and lest we forget a murder I am totally and completely in love with the character of Rosalind She is what Elizabeth Bennet would be if she were ruined and had to live by her wits to stay a marginally proper lady Rosalind is incredibly smart and resourceful, and completely without compunction about using the nonsense rules of [...]


  29. I m fascinated by the Regency period, and I love both historical romances and historical mysteries, so I thought I d give this book a try It wasn t bad, but I didn t get caught up in the story in the way I hoped for, either.The blurb actually describes the story fairly well, so I m not going to rehash the plot While the book started strongly, it seemed to me to get bogged down a little in the middle, as the progress on solving the mystery lost momentum with a turn toward a focus on the relations [...]


  30. This novel stands out for a few different reasons the author s careful research provides a believable, thoroughly involving Wilde nimbly describes the manners and social behavior of the time in ways that educate readers new to the Regency genre and build upon the existing knowledge of Regency romance fans Wilde takes on a juicy subject, social capital, and works it into the motivations and fears of the characters Her heroine is smart, but aware of her own imperfections Wilde gives the reader an [...]


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