5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful, 27/08/2012
This review is from: The Parfit Knight (Smashwords Edition)
The Parfit Knight is `Simply Wonderful'. That's the only way I can begin this review of Stella Riley's latest re-work of a novel first published in 1987. That was when I first read about the Marquis of Amberley and Rosalind. I enjoyed it then and enjoyed it again this time round..
The Marquis of Amberley is more than just an eligible bachelor - he is a law unto himself plus he has a great sense of humour. And Rosalind, blinded in an accident on the day before her tenth birthday, is not weak or self-pitying but bright and lively.
And then we have the circumstances of their meeting - highway robbery and a snow storm. Throw into the mix, Rosalind's mistrusting brother Philip, his wastrel friend Robert, a crazy parrot called Broody - and, last but not least, the suave Duke of Rockcliffe ... all of them interweaving throughout the book and all with a part to play in this classic love story.
As you would expect, the course of true love never runs smoothly and, harbouring a deep secret, Amberley is haunted by something in his past.
The introduction of the charismatic Duke of Rockcliffe is surely a forewarning of yet another brilliant hero destined to break a few hearts, as we readers fall in love with him! I know I'm looking forward to meeting him again in The Mésalliance - let's hope it's soon.
What I particularly admire about Ms Riley is her use of dialogue to bring her characters right off the page. Throughout her narrative is real and utterly believable so that sometimes it's almost like watching a play. The scene in Vauxhall Gardens, the duel and the final revelation are all superbly written. And the line that caused me to shed a tear is when Amberley, having finally asked Rosalind to marry him says, `I'm not proposing to be your eyes - though I'd give you mine if I could. But I can't. And unless you love me, I've nothing at all to offer.' Simply Wonderful!
Well done, Stella Riley, please keep them coming!
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