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The reluctant guardian
Manning, Jo.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Cleveland Heights, Ohio : Regency Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
224 pages ; 22 cm
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Publisher's Weekly Review

This gentle Regency is replete with period charm. Handsome Isaac Rebow leads an easy gentleman's life until fate in the form of a country cousin intervenes. Mary Martin's hapless father, Matthew, has disappeared, leaving Mary and her sister without a guardian's protection. Isaac squires the girls through a London season and falls in love with innocent but spirited Mary along the way. Matthew, it turns out, has unwittingly eloped with a harlot, whose homicidal brother threatens mayhem; Isaac must extricate his beloved's family from disaster. In a fresh voice, Manning captures not only the manners and modes but also the mores of the era with charm and accuracy; notably, she shapes characters who appeal to 20th-century sensibilities, yet who respond to life in distinctly 19th-century ways. Throughout her debut novel, Manning delivers a hearty serving of the genre's delights: a lively but comfortably predictable story, set in a world rich with fascinating detail and utterly unlike our own. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Irritated at having his carefree bachelor life interrupted by a missive from his overbearing mother demanding that he do something about his uncle's having disappeared and left his two daughters "unprotected," Col. Sir Isaac Rebow reluctantly takes over their guardianshipÄwith lively and romantic results. A likable but combative heroine and an emotionally wounded hero who is trying to do the right thing are joined by an uncommon cast of secondary characters, including a few you-love-to-hate types (e.g., a mean-spirited, selfish mother, a wicked other woman, and some truly unsavory London lowlifes) in this unusual Regency, which does not always take the expected path. Featuring lively dialog, a dash of danger, and a somewhat irreverent flair, this story may appeal to readers who like their Regencies on the different side. Although she has written short stories and novellas, Manning is a relatively new Regency writer; she lives in Florida and reviews regularly for LJ. Note: Librarians may be interested to know that this book is available in both mass market paperback and large print formats. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.