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    summary A Useful Woman Darcie Wilde Ù 0 read & download read & download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ù Darcie Wilde Copy gifted by the author posted to me by Sarah C one of the moderators of the Jane Austen Group Thanks very much for thatThis book isn't Heyerish a definite point in it's favour most of GH's imitators turn out very shoddy work but it

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    summary A Useful Woman read & download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ù Darcie Wilde Darcie Wilde Ù 0 read & download A Useful Woman had a bit of a ponderous start and was in serious danger of getting bogged down in too many details of propriety and drawing room niceties The Regency era is one of my comfort settings but something needs to happen within that setting for me to stay interested and that needs to happen pretty uickly Here it did set the stage for the tightrope that Rosalind is walking but I wish the touch had been

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    summary A Useful Woman Darcie Wilde Ù 0 read & download read & download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ù Darcie Wilde Rosalind Thorne is an impoverished gentlewoman who makes a living being useful to members of the haut ton Once she had it all family fortune and love; then it all went away when her father ran off leaving behind a mountain of debts Rosalind's Mama was unable to cope with the situation so Lady Blanchard Rosalind's godmother stepped in to help

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    PDF NEW A Useful Woman ✓ Darcie Wilde A USEFUL WOMANRosalind Thorne Mysteries #1Written by Darcie Wilde2016; Berkley 384 PagesGenre series fiction mystery cozy romanceRA

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    PDF NEW A Useful Woman ✓ Darcie Wilde Darcie Wilde Ù 0 read & download This book was an all around fabulous surprise It did the job of setting up a new series offering up a cunning mystery plot challenging characte

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    PDF NEW A Useful Woman ✓ Darcie Wilde The blurb for this book does it a disservice Using the phrase “inspired by the novels of Jane Austen” raises a series of expectations that A Useful Woman is destined to disappoint That’s unfortunate because it’s uite a good novel for what it really isWhat it is is a historical mystery There are the usual romanceus interruptu

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    PDF NEW A Useful Woman ✓ Darcie Wilde read & download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ù Darcie Wilde summary A Useful Woman A Useful Woman is the first in a new series of mysteries set in the Regency period featuring Rosalind Thorne a young lady of good birth who through no fault of her own has fallen upon hard times Even though it's a murder mystery it's a very gentle and rather polite story which I suppose befits the time in which it is set There are no gritty looks at real life or characters with ISSUES so the book might suit someone loo

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    PDF NEW A Useful Woman ✓ Darcie Wilde Darcie Wilde Ù 0 read & download read & download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ù Darcie Wilde I heard about this book on a forum of Historical Romance readers and thought the premise was intriguing so I decided to give it a whir

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    read & download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ù Darcie Wilde Darcie Wilde Ù 0 read & download PDF NEW A Useful Woman ✓ Darcie Wilde 35 stars This read like it should be a television or movie plot It was very interesting well done and I liked the mystery and the setting of the whole story among the Almack ton I really liked view spoilerHonorio and I hope her friendship with Rosalind is expanded on in future books hide spoiler

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    summary A Useful Woman Darcie Wilde Ù 0 read & download read & download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ù Darcie Wilde Was super into this I keep stumbling across it and so decided to read it todayI keep wanting historical mystery series where women instead of just ignoring the constraints and conventions of their time are forced to operate within them This is definitely one of those I mean I'm sure it's not 100% accurate but it's accurate enough It's accurate by historical fiction standards and there was nothing glaring Choices are well justified There a

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A Useful Woman review Ì 0 Inspired by the novels of Jane Austen this new mystery series set in 19th century London introduces the charming and resourceful Rosalind Thorne a woman privy to the secrets of high society including who among the ton is capable of murder   The daughter of a baronet and minor heiress Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined after her father abandoned t. Rosalind Thorne is an impoverished gentlewoman who makes a living being useful to members of the haut ton Once she had it all family fortune and love then it all went away when her father ran off leaving behind a mountain of debts Rosalind s Mama was unable to cope with the situation so Lady Blanchard Rosalind s godmother stepped in to help Rosalind owes everything to Lady Blanchard and now Lord Blanchard is being transferred to Koningsberg Rosalind needs to find her own way When the imperious Lady Edmund commands a favor from Rosalind it sets in motion a chain of events Rosalind never expected First Lady Edmund s daughter Honoria announces her engagement to Devon the Duke of Winterborne Rosalind s former love Then Rosalind discovers Honoria s brother son Jasper Aimesworth lying dead on the floor of Almack s ballroom Bow Street is called in to investigate and Adam Harkness is on the scent of a scandal that involves several members of Rosalind s world and the hallowed assembly hall Almack s Rosalind knows the truth is difficult to accept but the mystery must be solved and the murderer brought to justice Can she go where Bow Street can not and discover the truth that may ruin everything she s ever knownThis book is described as Jane Austen inspired but it s inspired by Georgette Heyer s world of the haut ton The only thing in common it has with Austen is the heroine who is an impoverished spinster The story is a lot darker than Jane Austen s light bright and sparkling romances It s darker than even Heyer s romances like one of her mysteries without the humor The mystery is clever and complicated I never guessed what was going on at all I only guessed who just before Rosalind did However the mystery took a long time to set up and didn t get really interesting until after the halfway point What I didn t like about the story is the switching of point of view between Rosalind and other characters After being inside Rosalind s head for awhile the switch is jarring The end sets up the next story The historical details are OK but sometimes the story felt late Victorian or Edwardian I really liked the uotes from period sources about Almack s The biggest error may be Rosalind living alone Alice as girl reporter gives the story a EdwardianWWI feel I m not sure there were female reporters like Alice in the Regency period I m also not sure Alice would be so pragmatic about losing her family fortune More realistically she would be a companion or governess Mourning customs were less strict in the Regency than they would be later on in the Victorian period There are a few errors in stylesforms of address towards the end of the book The characters are kind of flat for most of the novel I liked Honoria better than Rosalind She has a temper and speaks her mind very modern and unladylike for the period I m not sure how accurate that makes her but I found her honesty refreshing I also felt really bad for her because of her horrible Alva Vanderbilt type mother and also for the loss of her brother the only family member she liked or who cared about her I also liked Alice She s eager for a good story but also a good friend to Rosalind She seems to care for her friend than anyone else in the novel Rosalind is just a little too demure for me For most of the book she secretly resents her father s criminal activities and the defection of her elder sister but the only thing she can do to change her situation is act demure and toady to the haut ton to make them think her ideas are their own She is in a precarious situation Rosalind tries too hard to please everybody She still harbors a tendre for a man she would never have been allowed to marry even before her father ran off As the story progresses her character develops and I expect she ll be a little different on her next case Jasper seemed like a kind young gentleman He was sensitive and caring not as rakish as some of his peersLady Blanchard is a complicated character She s kind to Rosalind and she appears to respect the other Lady Patronesses but it seems like she doesn t really care for them She enjoys her position in society as a lady patroness of Almack s but she s also the most caring of all of them She loves Rosalind but she s only willing to stick her neck out so far to help Rosalind She doesn t always do what is right but that makes her a accurate woman of her time than the younger ladies in the book Her husband Lord Blanchard is also confusing He seems a kind man a doting husband and godfather but he turns on Rosalind when it matters most and is worried about his own reputation than hers I have mixed feelings about Devon as Rosalind s love interest My feelings about his changed as the story progressed and Rosalind began to see things carefully I don t think he and Rosalind would have been allowed to marry in the first place He knows the rules as well as she does but he doesn t seem to care about her reputation making a scene and being alone with her in public I don t see Adam as a potential love interest either Though some of the story is from his point of view he s hard to figure out He seems old beyond his years and is close mouthed He opens up a bit to Rosalind and is the only one who truly sees her for the woman she really is I would definitely give another book in the series a try to see how Rosalind develops and how her relationship with Adam works I just wish there was humor to balance the heavy story

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A Useful Woman review Ì 0 He family To survive in the only world she knew she began to manage the affairs of some of London society’s most influential women who have come to rely on her wit and discretion   So when artistocratic wastrel Jasper Aimesworth is found dead in London’s most exclusive ballroom Almack’s Rosalind must use her skills and connections to uncov. The blurb for this book does it a disservice Using the phrase inspired by the novels of Jane Austen raises a series of expectations that A Useful Woman is destined to disappoint That s unfortunate because it s uite a good novel for what it really isWhat it is is a historical mystery There are the usual romanceus interruptus elements that you find in mystery fiction today but no marriage plot there is mayhem there are unanswered uestions there is an investigation there is peril and an ultimate resolution There is even some social comedy though it is subservient to the plot and not an end in itself Others have called the novel Heyeresue instead of Austenesue because it focuses on the Regency Marriage Mart Almack s But again it s not a marriage plot story and doesn t have a lot of humorous characters put in for pure amusement such as you would find in Georgette Heyer s novelsOnce I had gotten over focusing on what this book is not didn t take too long I settled in to enjoy a well conceived well written mystery novel Rosalind Thorne is the daughter of a disgraced gentleman who maintains a tenuous position in polite society by making herself useful when life s little peccadilloes threaten social disaster She is a fixer of scandals a manager of ambitious strivings a taste maker As such she lives always on the knife edge of banishment from the only world she knows I sympathized and empathized with her admired her self control and her ingenuity as she navigates this perilous courseThere is a murder and not just Rosalind s godmother but also the estranged love of her life seems to have some connection to it The sister of the victim is virtually engaged to said love of her life and she asks Rosalind to investigate It seems the only people who wish Rosalind well are the ones most likely to suffer from her inuiries This is an elegantly constructed plot that really draws the reader into sympathy with the heroine s difficulties material ethical emotionalI appreciated the wealth of research about life in London in the Regency the many telling details that the author uses to make a larger point I never felt the author was throwing in factoids to show off The author deftly uses the intricate social rules of the haut ton to drive the plot the dialogue is admirable for its elegance and restraint I loved the use of de uincey s tongue in cheek essay On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts in the chapter epigraphs though that s an anachronism the essay wasn t published till 1827I am a bit of a purist about period language so I did not love the many modernisms that slipped into the narrative they jarred me out of the novel s spell There were also a few odd rookie errors such as people addressing a duke repeatedly as Lord Casselmain instead of Your Grace Perhaps he could have been a viscount instead But on the whole this story took hold of my imagination on various levels and held me tight till the end Some books start out strong and lose steam others start in deceptive meekness and build to the end I am happy to say that A Useful Woman is one of the latter Am looking forward to the further adventures of Rosalind Thorne

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A Useful Woman review Ì 0 Er the killer from a list of suspects that includes Almack’s powerful patronesses and her former suitor Devon Winterbourne now Lord Casselmaine   Torn between her old love and a growing attraction to a compelling Bow Street runner Rosalind must not only unravel the mysteries surrounding Jasper’s death but the mysteries of her own heart as we. I heard about this book on a forum of Historical Romance readers and thought the premise was intriguing so I decided to give it a whirl The protagonist of A Useful Woman isn t your typical Regency Era heroine who s a starry eyed miss attending balls and hoping to snag the perfect titled husband Rosalind Thorne has no hopes of a good match as she s broke and her family name s been disgraced by her profligate father Forced to make her own way Rosalind is now a social secretary to various high society matrons and she s very good at it because she s observant and detail oriented When she discovers the bloodied body of a young aristocrat on the floor of the revered Almack s ballroom she finds herself drawn into the investigation Her godmother along with the other Almack s patronesses are fearful of a scandal and would like the whole matter swept under the rug while the sister of the deceased is determined to see justice done Rosalind follows a trail of clues not sure if she even wants to know the identity of the murderer since most of the suspects including a former flame are dear to her Amidst all the deception and conspiracies will Rosalind be able to unmask the killer or will she be the next victim This was a solid start for a new mystery series and I really liked Rosalind She was a tough cookie who made the best of her circumstances without complaining or feeling sorry for herself and she was in an interesting position of being caught between two worlds where she was associating with lords and ladies as well as people who worked in journalism and law enforcement I will confess that I was intrigued by the burgeoning love triangle between Rosalind her first love Devon who s now out of her reach because he s a duke and Adam the charismatic Bow Street Runner who enlists her help in solving the murder than I was in the mystery aspect of the book I liked both men so much I don t even know which one I want Rosalind to end up with The mystery did pick up for me in the final act when Rosalind has a very harrowing face to face with the killer I m curious to see where the author goes with this series and how the triangle develops so I will certainly check out the next book

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