The 11th Commandment: A Serial Regency in Ten Parts

Rated 3.67/5 based on 3 reviews
("The 11th Commandment" was a serial Regency romance written for publication in InD'Tale Magazine. This edition is all 10 installments.)

Approximate word count: 21,000 (novella)

Lady Katherine never learned the fine art of hiding one's indiscretions. Thus her one mistake became Society's biggest scandal. Can she overcome the shame and learn to love again?
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About Jaimey Grant

Jaimey first delved into the Regency time period almost two decades ago and hasn't stopped since. After several years of tapping away at a keyboard for her own entertainment, she finally took the next step and self-published four of her Regency romances in 2008. In 2010, she signed a contract with TreasureLine Publishing.

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Reviews of The 11th Commandment: A Serial Regency in Ten Parts by Jaimey Grant

A Voracious Reader reviewed on Aug. 19, 2014

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Lady Katherine Henschel, Duchess of Jarvis, was back in London after two years of exile in Scotland. Exile for breaking the 11th Commandment of the ton; Thou shalt not get caught. And caught she was by her husband while she was in bed with Simon Delacourt. After Jarvis’ petition for divorce was not granted by Parliament, Katherine retreated to Scotland, still his wife, but shunned by Society. She would have stayed in Scotland except Jarvis died and she was required to present herself for the reading of the will. She hadn’t expected to see Simon there nor was she prepared for the generosity shown to her by her husband. She no longer need worry about how she and her daughter would live, but worrying about her reactions to Simon are another thing entirely. Why does she still burn for the man responsible for her fall? And will Simon confess what he knows about that fateful day even if it makes her hate him even more?

This is an awesome historical story with romance, fierce attraction and betrayal. The characters are very well-developed and the story moves along at a great clip. My only complaint is they seem to swing wildly from one emotion to another without much time to transition. I know this is a short story that was originally produced in separate monthly installments for InD’tale Magazine, so space was short, but I wish they didn’t hop around emotionally so much, like a leap frog. That’s my only complaint though. If you want a short historical tale with some meat to it then I recommend picking this one up.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
wgsproat reviewed on May 31, 2014

I thought this was a great quick read. I could easily get involved with the characters and resolve their issues during my lunch break. Sometimes when you need a fast getaway short stories are the way to go.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
Sharon E. Cathcart reviewed on Feb. 20, 2014

Lady Katherine has returned to England to hear her husband's will read ... and, to her surprise, she finds Simon in the lawyer's office as well. Simon, with whom she disgraced her husband ... whose petition to Parliament for a divorce was denied.

That's the set-up for this short tale that was serialized in In D'Tale magazine.

I realize that there are always limitations with short fiction, and that it is impossible, therefore, to capture every detail and nuance that one might capture in longer form. I've read and enjoyed a good many of Jaimey Grant's books, and part of what I love so much about them is getting to know and connect with the characters. This time? I didn't feel like I could care about any of them. I know that's my issue, but there it is. I couldn't connect to the characters and the plot seemed more than a little implausible as it unfolded.

Nevertheless, it was a decent, middle-of-the-road read that kept me occupied for an evening.
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)
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