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How to Marry a Marquis, by Julia Quinn

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lighthearted slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No


Not one of her best. It started off on but a bit dull - there doesn't seem to be much tension or reason the characters shouldn't be together.
SpoilerI had a problem when we reached the scene where she is attacked. After she is rescued, she reflects on her father's suicide, during which her father's depression is presented as selfish. Yes, the family were put in a horrible position, and it might be a more appropriate for the period, but to modern ears it's a terrible presentation of mental illness. Them, following that scene, there are multiple times when the hero physically moves the heroine (or the classic interpreting kissing by) without any acknowledgement by characters or narrative choice that she has recently been subject to traumatic, physical sexualities violence.

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