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Friday, January 18, 2008

Friday Flashback

This is from April 2003:


The Diamond Key by Barbara Metzger. Historical romance.









The Diamond Key was a wonderful book to read when I wasn't feeling well. It's a very fun, entertaining book.

I was sucked in to the story immediately, which doesn't happen easily when you're sick. We first meet Torrie when she's in a life-or-death situation, trapped in a burning dressmaker's shop. Even though she's in some pretty serious danger, we catch some of her sense of humor as she wonders why anyone should answer her prayers since she's missed church a couple of times, cursed, and not honored her parents by finally finding a husband. So she shouts for help, and vows to herself to marry whoever rescues her.

Wynn's dog hears her, & leads Wynn to rescue her. Wynn is one of my favorite kinds of heroes--he's always helping people, but he tries to tell himself he's not a good guy.

From this first dramatic meeting to the wedding at the end, this book is a whirlwind of laughter, romance, and intrigue. The scene at Mrs. Reese's ball is destined to be a classic. I'd love to see it on film. First one then another of Torrie's, then Wynn's, dance partners have to be carried away by the footmen.

Even with all the laugh-aloud moments, there's an honesty to the romance. I could feel Torrie & Wynn falling in love--it wasn't just that the book said they did.

I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it, even to non-Regency fans.


You can read the entire thread, including a short discussion with Barbara Metzger, here.


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