R characters After being nside Rosalind s head for awhile the switch s jarring The end sets up the next story The historical details are OK but sometimes the story felt late Victorian or Edwardian I really liked the uotes from period sources about Almack s The biggest error may be Rosalind living alone Alice as girl reporter gives the story a EdwardianWWI feel I m not sure there were female reporters like Alice n the Regency period I m also not sure Alice would be so pragmatic about losing her family fortune More realistically she would be a companion or governess Mourning customs were less strict Girls on the Home Front in the Regency than they would be later onn the Victorian period There are a few errors The Complete David Bowie in stylesforms of address towards the end of the book The characters are kind of flat for most of the novel I liked Honoria better than Rosalind She has a temper and speaks her mind very modern and unladylike for the period I m not sure how accurate that makes her but I found her honesty refreshing I also felt really bad for her because of her horrible Alva Vanderbilt type mother and also for the loss of her brother the only family member she liked or who cared about her I also liked Alice She s eager for a good story but also a good friend to Rosalind She seems to care for her friend than anyone elsen the novel Rosalind Licence to be Bad: How Economics Corrupted Us is just a little too demure for me For most of the book she secretly resents her father s criminal activities and the defection o I heard about this book on a forum of Historical Romance readers and thought the premise wasntriguing so I decided to give Fundamentals of Nursing Care: Concepts, Connections Skills it a whirl The protagonist of A Useful Womansn 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 s now a social secretary to various high society matrons and she s very good at t because she s observant and detail oriented When she discovers the bloodied body of a young aristocrat on the floor of the revered Almack s ballroom she finds herself drawn Seoul: A Window Into Korean Culture into thenvestigation Her godmother along with the other Almack s patronesses are fearful of a scandal and would like the whole matter swept under the rug while the sister of the deceased Doctor Who: The Roundheads is determined to see justice done Rosalind follows a trail of clues not suref she even want 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 Argirópolis (Colección de Clásicos de La Literatura Latinoamericana: Carrascalejo de La Jara) in this one It was one of those books where I startedt late at night with the whole I ll just read one or two chapters chestnut and ended up finishing half Advanced Imagineering: Designing Innovation as Collective Creation in one sitting And then the next day I wasn a feverish need to get back to the story Was this some exciting pulse pounding thriller Nope but Around Town (LEGO Duplo Dk Readers. Level 1) it was straight up good stuff for the historical romantic suspense lover And this was just the beginning to the ongoing seriesThe book opens with Rosalind Thorne s lovely fairytale like life coming to a shattering end and then picks up a few years later when this lady with a spine of steel has picked up the pieces and has gone on with her life forging something new Once a member of the cream of society and headed toward her own happy and easy life now shes looked on warily by most as on the fringe but regarded highly as the woman who can be of the most use Rosalind lives hand to mouth and only by her wit and the help of her few friends does she get byThings take an Social Imaginaries of Space: Concepts and Cases interesting turn when suddenly shes drawn Developing Bus Rapid Transit: The Value of Brt in Urban Spaces into anntrigue to help her godmother one of the esteemed Patronesses of Almack s encounters the man she thought once would be hers set to marry her worst enemy n society and also called upon by that same antagonistic woman to solve her brother s murder Rosalind reluctantly agrees to help discover the truth and even reluctantly chooses to partner with a Bow Street Runner Meanwhile her godmother s husband and her former love nterest try to warn her away from her uest and she Comparative Policing from a Legal Perspective is caught upn
#feelings of attraction #of attraction Two Different Men As She Follows two different men As she follows trail of the murderer Rosalind Connivance is no longer sure of anythingI loved how this book did a great job of not only setting up the world of this series but also some ongoing character and relationship plots while delivering a nice teaser of a mystery Rosalinds a great heroine and I loved having both her and Harker and a few other minor characters narrating the story Rosalind has been through so much but she refuses to give The Rest of the Story in and uit People try to shame her and force her to feel bad for her family s tarnished rep and her own reduced circumstances but she keeps her chin up and doesn t lett beat her Seeing her vulnerable and yet also China-European Union Investment Relationships: Towards a New Leadership in Global Investment Governance? indomitable moved me powerfully I get the feeling that theres so much to come after this ntroductory book to the seriesThe mystery s solution didn t elude me for the whole story but t was of sufficient challenge that I could appreciate t I loved being along with Rosalind and Harker as they worked the case Harker s working class and Rose s a lady so the class distinctions added a bit of something to how they had to divvy up detecting responsibilitiesThere are also a gaggle of fantastic secondary characters that I hope to encounter freuently n this series I love how they span the gamut of society and types of relationships with each other So colorful and nterestingAnd the historical backdrop was proof that the author did her homework and the world of the story felt authentic from how society behaved toward someone like Rosalind the significance of Almack s and the Season the pursuits of the upper level of Society along with the situation of the working class and the poor Customs fashions dialogue activities all was done wellSo n summary I can enthusiastically push this one at anyone who loves historical settings for their romantic suspense strong heroines and lots of colorful characters to support herMy thanks to Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read this book n exchange for an honest review A Useful Woman had a bit of a ponderous start and was n serious danger of getting bogged down Curveball in too many details of propriety and drawing room niceties The Regency eras one of my comfort settings but something needs to happen within that setting for me to stay An Elegy for Mathematics interested and that needs to happen pretty uickly Heret did set the stage for the tightrope that Rosalind A Stranger on the Beach is walking but I wish the touch had been a bit lighter and the action had started sooner Thankfully a murder did change all that Once Rosalind focused on plumbing the depths of the currents around her watching her try to hold together her own social position as well as that of her friends and charges was muchnteresting Who knew what could be hiding under that veneer of respectability I found the answer satisfyingly shocking Coming Home in the end I loved the premise of Rosalind as an unprotected woman trying to stay acceptable to the ton after her father s financial disaster years ago I loved her cleverness at eking out a living from them and her strength under thatntense pressure I definitely want to see of the characters who appreciate her Strasberg at the Actors Studio: Tape-Recorded Sessions intelligencenstead of using her while forcing her to hide t One n particular was very A Witch's Guide To Faery Folk: How to Work With the Elemental World intriguingI do have one minor uibble I wasrritated a couple times when Rosalind realized something about the mystery and The Homefront in Civil War Missouri it was not shared with the reader She suddenly knew what had happened but I had to stayn the dark until the end I appreciate the suspense that kept me n but I would rather have followed her thought process That s one reason I like to read mysteries so I can be working t out Celibate Passion in my own mind If I don t have all the samenformation the sleuth has I can t do that Still I felt this was a strong start to a new historical mystery series especially as Learning in the Cloud it s the first mystery by this author I m definitely looking forward to the nextnstallment I just hope we don t dwell on the correct order of paying compliments for too long before the next murder break. Er the killer from a list of suspects that ncludes Almack’s powerful patronesses and her former suitor Devon Winterbourne now Lord Casselmaine Torn between her old love and a growing attraction to a compelling Bow Street runner Rosalind must not only unravel the mysteries surrounding Jasper’s death but the mysteries of her own heart as we.
Darcie Wilde ¸ 1 DOWNLOADWas super The Gay Pretender into this I keep stumbling acrosst and so decided to read Bloody Winter it todayI keep wanting historical mystery series where womennstead of just gnoring the constraints and conventions of their time are forced to operate within them This s definitely one of those I mean I m sure Inventaire Sommaire Des Archives D�partementales Ant�rieures � 1790, Vol. 1: Mayenne (Classic Reprint) it s not 100% accurate butt 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 no point did I roll my eyesAnd I am super nto t I just really liked Rosalind Thorne and how this went Also really like the relationships between the women War Girls in this both friendly and not I don t even mind that thismight be setting up a view spoilerlove triangle hide spoiler A Useful Womans the first Hieroglyphen lesen. in a new series of mysteries setn 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 As Lágrimas Amargas de Petra Von Kant it s a murder mysteryt s a very gentle and rather polite story which I suppose befits the time Lesson Planning and Classroom Management in whicht The Stalin Front: A Novel of World War II 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 plots and tormented protagonists as well as fans of historical mysteriesn generalDarcie Wilde has written a number of historical romances but the emphasis The Nightmare Garden in this books firmly on the mystery and there Look to the Mountain is no romance to speak of There are hints that point towards one for our heroinen the future and we are made aware that she struggles to deal with the presence n her life of her former beau but otherwise this s very much a historical mystery with nothing on the sideThe book opens a few years before the main story begins revealing how Rosalind The Space Race: The Journey to the Moon and Beyond in confident expectation of an offer from Devon Winterbourne the second son of the Duke of Casselmain has her hopes dashed when her father reveals that hes The Precarious: The Art and Poetry of Cecilia Vicuna / Vicuna, Cecilia. 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Two books in one (Wesleyan Poetry) in debt up to the eyeballs and then does a midnight flit accompanied by her older sister Charlotte Since then Rosalind s mother has died and had not been for the support of her godmother Lady Blanchard she would have been completely alone She was takenn by the Blanchards for a short while which The Color of Water is when she first began to use her knowledge of the workings of society to helpts harried matrons compile guest lists make seating plans and arrange social occasions and generally act as a kind of social secretary while also knowing the right ears Mayan Strawberries into which to drop choice tidbits of gossip Her family situation means that shes no longer regarded as part of the highest echelons but her usefulness means that she Bill Gates (Up Close) is still welcomed almost everywhereThe plot of A Useful Woman revolves around that bastion of good ton Almack s club Anyone who reads Regencies on a regular basis will be familiar witht to be granted a voucher to attend the regular assemblies was essential for any young lady with pretentions to good standing Mistaken Mistress in society and bent on making a good marriage The rules of admission were complex and depended entirely upon the goodwill of the lady patronesses any one of whom could veto entry to the club uite a lot of the first part of the books devoted to explaining the rituals surrounding Almack s and Bunny: A Novel itsmportance n Regency society and some of t The Great Smog of India is uite repetitive The books fairly slow to start which s I suppose due to the fact that as the first n a series there The Sex of the Angels, the Saints in their Heaven: A Breviary is a fair amount of scene setting to be doneThe story opens as one of the patronesses Lady Blanchards on the point of announcing her resignation as she will be accompanying her husband abroad on his new diplomatic posting Such a juicy piece of gossip could not be kept a secret for long and Lady Aimesworth wastes no time Tryst with Prosperity in approaching Rosalind and asking her to putn a good word for her with Lady Blanchard Knowing there Popular Hits is no love lost between these two ladies Rosalind nevertheless mentions to her godmother that Lady Aimesworths angling for the position of patroness expecting Lady B to mmediately dismiss the dea When she doesn t Rosalind s not a little surprised but her uestions remain unanswered when their t te t te s The Creative Habit interruptedThe start of the seasons fast approaching and all the hopeful debutantes Are Eagerly Awaiting The Arrival eagerly awaiting the arrival the vouchers that will launch them The Rest of the Story into society But when Jasper Aimesworths found murdered n Almack s ballroom the cats are well and truly set among the pigeons and Rosalind must use her position as the person everyone talks to and relies on to try to find out the truth In this endeavour she s eventually joined by Principal Officer Adam Harkness of Bow Street a man whose charm and handsome features mask a mind like a steel trap and the determination to uncover the truth no matter the costI had a few problems with the mystery n that t feels rather convoluted towards the end and the ending Lords of Life: A History of the Kings of Thailand is a little rushed I also found some of Rosalind s thought processes made unexpected leaps I m not a great reader of mysteries but when I do read them I prefer thosen which the reader s allowed to make the connections at the same time as the protagonist There were a couple of times here when I read Rosalind s thoughts and then wondered how she d reached a particular conclusion which briefly took me out of the story But those ssues are balanced out by the strength of the writing and by the way Ms Wilde so fully and skillfully mmerses the reader n the customs and manners of the times There s a diverse and well drawn set of secondary characters ranging from those of the haut ton like the waspish Lady Jersey to Rosalind s two friends Alice and George Littlefield who like Rosalind are former gentry and who now have to work for a living Rosalind s an engaging and sympathetic heroine whose position as an outsider makes her vulnerable but who Simon Spatz: From Holocaust to Halifax, A Story of Survival and Success is nonetheless determined to hold her head up high even when others disparage her and remind her that her positionn society A Life in Two Worlds isn t whatt once wasAll The Hitler Kiss: A Memoir of the Czech Resistance in all A Useful Womans an enjoyable easy read and one I d certainly recommend to fans of historical mysteries The author s research The Doré Illustrated Balzac Droll Stories into the period has obviously been extensive Rosalind Thornes a uniue and relatable heroine and I ll definitely be on the lookout for the next book n the series A USEFUL WOMANRosalind Thorne Mysteries 1Written by Darcie Wilde2016 Berkley 384 PagesGenre series fiction mystery cozy romanceRATING 12 Rosalind Thorne a daughter of a baronet s 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 Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species is uickly packing and fleeingnto the night It seems her father Feminisms at a Millennium isn financial trouble and has chosen to abandon his wife and youngest daughter to runaway After her mother passes away Rosalind must take on work to survive n 19th Century England She gets a job managing the affairs of wealthy women and becomes known for her discretion Five years after Rosalind s father had disappeared things are starting to settle down for her when she s summoned back nto her godmother Lady Blanchard s life When she goes to Almack s to pick up her godmother for dinner she discovers the body of Jasper Aimesworth an aristocrat who s sister Honoria s to marry Rosalind s almost fiance Devon Now Rosalind finds herself 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Of Jasper Aimesworth Much OfJasper Aimesworth much of novel reads like a historical romance There s nothing wrong with a historical romance Sierra Wildflowers: Mt. Lassen to Kern Canyon if thats how the novel El Guero Tellez/ Tellez the Blond: Reportero de policia!/ Police Reporter! is supposed to be marketed From the synopsis you get thedea that this Haunted Louisiana: The Most Haunted Houses in Louisiana is a historical mystery with a dash of romance sincet s set n Regency Era and has Jane Austen A Mistaken Match inspired as a tag line It takes awhile for this novel to startn general as we get a bit too much description of Regency days The mystery and cast of characters are also latecomers Once I let go of historical mystery I found myself enjoying the book A historical romance with a dash of mystery for me worked bet. Inspired by the novels of Jane Austen this new mystery series set Lodz in 19th century Londonntroduces the charming and resourceful Rosalind Thorne a woman privy to the secrets of high society ncluding who among the ton s capable of murder The daughter of a baronet and minor heiress Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined after her father abandoned Ter Wilde was trying to bring The Diminished in a bit of Austen s wit butt didn t uite work at times YET I finished the novel and did like t I am curious to see what Wilde has n store for book 2as there s potential and hopefully a fun love nterestI received an eARC from NETGALLEYMy Novelesue Blog Copy gifted by the author posted to me by Sarah C one of the moderators of the Jane Austen Group Thanks very much for thatThis book Claimed by a Cowboy isn t Heyerish a definite pointn Discipline it s favour most of GH smitators turn out very shoddy work but Claim the Night (The Claiming it does contain two things that pop up oftenn Heyer s Regency works the very exclusive social club Almack s As has often been mentioned Claimed by Desire in Regency works Almack s wasn t comfortable or even attractive served bad refreshments and the patronesses were crashing snobs But well done to these women for making their Assemblies the most sought after events of the London Seasonand the predecessor to the modern police force the famous ornfamous Bow St Runners Welcome to the world of Rosalind Thorne a gentlewoman who through no fault of her own Say Youll Remember Me is nowmpoverished Rosalind Accidental Bodyguard is managing to eke out an existence with her wits charm discretion and because the ladies of the Haut Ton find her a useful womanWhen the aristocratic but unscrupulous Jasper Aimesworths found dead n suspicious circumstances Rosalind finds herself nvolved Mehr als das in that most ungenteel of occupations gasp solving a murder and fighting an attraction to an astute and attractive Bow St Runner Adam HarknessI ve mentioned the two main pluses for me above The others were some signs of very solid research and the fast paced endingI m neutral on Rosalind as I found her character till close to the end uite bland But Rosalind probably had to suppress all distinctive personality traits to pick her way through all the social traps petty humiliationsn London SocietyDefinite flaws This book sagged badly The Accidental Cowboy (Angel Crossing, Arizona, in the middle and I had to force myself to keep going The speechs often uite modern or sometimes just plain odd like Mother had already scented that something was wrongA few anachronisms The most jarring for me was the Lady reporter friend of Rosalind s Alice appeared like a character from a Hollywood movie about the late nineteenth century I ve never read any account of the Regency world that suggested journalists as we know them existedBut I still enjoyed this example of a Regency Whodunnit far than the single offerings I have read by Ashley Gardner and Stephanie BarronI m looking forward to Miss Thorne s next adventureEdit The lovely Ms Wilde has just been on the jane Austen Group for a A session Ms Wilde says the Regency era most definitely did have female journalists but they were working around marriage children were very underpaid compared to their male counterpartsI stand corrected 35 stars This read like Abby and the Bachelor Cop it should be a television or movie plot It was verynteresting well done and I liked the mystery and the setting of the whole story among the Almack ton I really liked view spoilerHonorio and I hope her friendship with Rosalind Eye to Eye is expanded onn future books hide spoiler The blurb for this book does Accidentally Expecting it a disservice Using the phrasenspired by the novels of Jane Austen raises a series of expectations that A Useful Woman s destined to disappoint That s unfortunate because t s uite a good novel for what Herzrivalen it reallysWhat t s Alaskan Nights is a historical mystery There are the usual romanceusnterruptus elements that you find n mystery fiction today but no marriage plot there s mayhem there are unanswered uestions there s an nvestigation there s peril and an ultimate resolution There s even some social comedy though Always Look Twice its subservient to the plot and not an end All For You: Halfway There / Buckhorn Ever After / The One You Want / One Perfect Night intself Others have called the novel Heyeresue Any Man Of Mine instead of Austenesue becauset focuses on the Regency Marriage Mart Almack s But again Annalee And The Lawman it s not a marriage plot story and doesn t have a lot of humorous characters putn for pure amusement such as you would find The Apollonides Mistress Scandal in Georgette Heyer s novelsOnce I had gotten over focusing on what this books not didn t take too long I settled n to enjoy a well conceived well written mystery novel Rosalind Thorne s the daughter of a disgraced gentleman who maintains a tenuous position Anything For His Son in polite society by making herself useful when life s little peccadilloes threaten social disaster Shes a fixer of scandals a manager of ambitious strivings a "taste maker As such she lives always on the knife edge of banishment from the " maker As such she lives always on the knife edge of banishment from the world she knows I sympathized and empathized with her admired her self control and her Anticipation ingenuity as she navigates this perilous courseTheres a murder and not just Rosalind s godmother but also the estranged love of her life seems to have some connection to t The sister of the
victim s virtually engaged to said love of her life and sheis virtually engaged to said love of her life and she Rosalind to nvestigate It seems the only people who wish Rosalind well are the ones most likely to suffer from her nuiries This s an elegantly constructed plot that really draws the reader nto sympathy with the heroine s difficulties material ethical emotionalI appreciated the wealth of research about life Annie and the Outlaw in Londonn the Regency the many telling details that the author uses to make a larger point I never felt the author was throwing ANNIE AND THE PRINCE in factoids to show off The author deftly uses thentricate social rules of the haut ton to drive the plot the dialogue The Single Dad's Redemption is admirable forts elegance and restraint I loved the use of de uincey s tongue A Christmas Affair in cheek essay On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Artsn the chapter epigraphs though that s an anachronism the essay wasn t published till 1827I am a bit of a purist about period language so I did not love the many modernisms that slipped nto the narrative they jarred me out of the novel s spell There were also a few odd rookie errors such as people addressing a duke repeatedly as Lord Casselmain nstead of Your Grace Perhaps he could have been a viscount The Apple Orchard instead But on the whole this story took hold of mymagination on various levels and held me tight till the end Some books start out strong and lose steam others start When Hitler Took Austria: A Memoir of Heroic Faith by the Chancellor's Son in deceptive meekness and build to the end I am happy to say that A Useful Womans one of the latter Am looking forward to the further adventures of Rosalind Thorne Rosalind Thorne s an mpoverished gentlewoman who makes a living being useful to members of the haut ton Once she had t all family fortune and love then t 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 n to help Rosalind owes everything to Lady Blanchard and now Lord Blanchard s being transferred to Koningsberg Rosalind needs to find her own way When the mperious Lady Edmund commands a favor from Rosalind t sets n motion a chain of events Rosalind never expected First Lady Edmund s daughter Honoria announces her engagement to Devon the Duke of Winterborne Rosalind s former love Then Rosalind discovers Honoria s brother son Jasper Aimesworth lying dead on the floor of Almack s ballroom Bow Street s called n to nvestigate and Adam Harkness Ensimmäinen maailmansota is on the scent of a scandal thatnvolves several members of Rosalind s world and the hallowed assembly hall Almack s Rosalind knows the truth s difficult to accept but the mystery must be solved and the murderer brought to justice Can she go where Bow Street can not and discover the truth that may ruin everything she s ever knownThis book s described as Jane Austen The Lion Seeker inspired butt s nspired by Georgette Heyer s world of the haut ton The only thing n common Tom Waits - Mule Variations it has with Austens the heroine who s an mpoverished spinster The story s a lot darker than Jane Austen s light bright and sparkling romances It s darker than even Heyer s romances like one of her mysteries without the humor The mystery s clever and complicated I never guessed what was going on at all I only guessed who just before Rosalind did However the mystery took a long time to set up and didn t get really nteresting until after the halfway point What I didn t like about the story s the switching of point of view between Rosalind and othe. He family To survive n the only world she knew she began to manage the affairs of some of London society’s most nfluential women who have come to rely on her wit and discretion So when artistocratic wastrel Jasper Aimesworth s found dead n London’s most exclusive ballroom Almack’s Rosalind must use her skills and connections to uncov. .