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Friday, March 26, 2010

Rules Of Conduct by Maggi Andersen

Rules Of Conduct by Maggi Andersen
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing
Genre: Historical (Regency)
Length: Full (191 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia


The Duke of Vale is destined to marry the woman his parents have chosen for him. But he cannot forget the beautiful and mysterious woman he calls Viola.


After losing her memory, Viola knows only of her Classical education, and her love for the Duke of Vale. In her flight from danger, she has broken all the rules of conduct. As she falls further in disgrace and her choices narrow, she must fight for what is hers.

“Viola” has a sense of self even when amnesia plagues her. In a borrowed, faded servant’s dress, she is still confident and poised, with impeccable manners. She plays the piano beautifully and is better educated than most women of her time. Recognizing the needs of the tenants on Vale Estate where she lives after her rescue, she works to help them. While her upbringing is that of a noble woman, she has none of their affectations. She loves the freedom not usually afforded “proper” young ladies of nobility. People, both male and female, are drawn to her.

Hugh Beauchamp, the third Duke of Vale, fits into the life style of nobility of the Regency age. However, he is tiring of the London scene and of “Prinny’s” excesses. His country estate has more appeal. He is resigned to his arranged marriage to Felicity, his childhood playmate who will inherit the estate adjoining Vale. He supposes his life will change very little. Then, a filthy, unconscious girl lying in the road sets his world on its ear.

For a man of power and influence, he finds himself beset with women and their wishes. His old Nanny, Felicity, his sister Clarissa, and “Viola” rearrange the course of his life before he knows it. The stakes are high as he sets in to find “Viola’s” identity with only a locket for a clue. He grants Felicity her wish, listens to Nanny’s sage advice, and falls in with Clarissa’s plans to help “Viola”.

The attraction Hugh and “Viola” feel for each other is a strong, bright, and beautiful thread that weaves its way through this intriguing Regency tale. Another thread, dark and ominous in the tapestry is the danger that threatens “Viola”. These focal points keep the reader turning pages.

Rules Of Conduct has a gentleness about it at times that makes it beguiling. At other times, the insatiable desire for wealth and power threatens to destroy all the beauty.

Maggi Andersen gives the reader humor, suspense, mystery, historical tidbits, and a charming, fresh love story. She takes the reader along as the story weaves its way through a maze of twists and turns with danger, conflicts, and “rules of conduct” threatening at every turn. Good Reading!