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read epub ô Imprudent Lady é Paperback ✓ [BOOKS] ✯ Imprudent Lady By Joan Smith – Prudence Mallow country miss finds herself in London as the poor relation of her Uncle Clarence a true British eccentric and erstwhile painter When she discovers her calling as a novelist she is delig Prudence MalAlling as a novelist she is delighted to develop a friendship with another writer But Prudence produces modest sincere novels and Lord Dammler handsome rake that he is A nice read The hero and heroine gradually fell in love No rush just steady and believable A simple story of two people getting to know each other Great secondary characters I'm loving on uncle Clarence Clean read but I missed at least a few kisses The hero was a rake after all I think a little unplanned kisses and touches would have made the story appealing I might contradict myself here but even though I don't mind reading clean romances I still wish they would have a little sexual chemistry at times The story just doesn't seem natural without some kind of physical interaction All in all though Joan Smith is a good writer

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Prudence Mallow country miss finds herself in London as the poor relation of her Uncle Clarence a true British eccentric and erstwhile painter When she discovers her c The Historical prompt for the TBR Challenge is a bit of a Busman’s Holiday for yours truly but even so I still enjoy going through my books to find something I haven’t read yet  This time round I settled on a traditional Regency from 1978 Joan Smith’s Imprudent Lady Many authors have had books likened to those of Georgette Heyer and while that is a comparison that’s always going to draw my eye I’ve been disappointed on many an occasion  Not so here  Imprudent Lady is an utterly delightful rake meets bluestocking story full to the brim with sparkling dialogue beautifully observed wit and deftly drawn characters that has at its centre a warm charming romance between a rakish Byronic poet and an authoress with a talent for writing sharply observed characters and situationsMiss Prudence Mallow and her mother have been left in reduced circumstances and have gone to live with Mrs Mallow’s brother Mr Clarence Elmtree an amateur artist with a hugely inflated idea of the extent of his skill  In order to earn a little money Prudence does some work as a copyist for publisher Mr John Murray and in the course of her work starts penning stories of her own  Murray is impressed with her writing style and her strong observational skill and humour and undertakes to publish The Composition even though it is not in the current vogue for exciting romantic adventures à la Walter ScottThe book sells steadily and Prudence is soon at work on a second novel and then a third  Her work is well regarded and she finds herself coming into contact with some of her favourite authors such as Fanny Burney but does not make much of an impression on themThe literary world and English society is set abuzz is the return to England of Lord Dammler whose Cantos from Abroad thinly disguised tales full of over blown action adventure and romance of his three years travelling the world have become an instant success  The handsome aristocratic Dammler is society’s golden boy although he uickly finds that being constantly in the spotlight and the subject of endless sycophancy is not all it’s cracked up to beAlong with the rest of society Prudence has been enthralled by Dammler’s tales of derring do and is bowled over by his dark good looks  Enthused by a brief meeting she is moved to send Dammler an autographed copy of The Composition – and is hurt when she discovers he passed it on to his aunt without reading it In a fit of piue she dismisses Dammler’s writing as “nothing but a totally incredible novel in rhyme”Learning of this Dammler takes up Prudence’s novel and is surprised to find it engaging and witty When the two meet again he is immediately intrigued by Prudence’s no nonsense manner and the fact that she doesn’t simper and flirt like every other woman he meets  Because her clothes are drab and she sports the sort of lace cap usually worn by older ladies he at first takes her to be older than her twenty four years and fails to mind his tongue talking uite freely to Prudence about matters that are considered too “warm” for the ears of a younger lady  But Prudence doesn’t really mind; in fact Dammler’s discourse while it might shock her at times is eye opening for her in many ways and they strike up a friendship based on professional affinity – they’re both writers they have the same publisher and he begins to introduce her to people of influence and to advance her careerThe romance between this unlikely couple is very well done with the bulk of the story focusing on Dammler’s gradual transition from rakehell to a man deeply in loveHe admired and respected Miss Mallow’s books and brains initially then he began to like her dry wit her understatement her way of not pretending to be impressed with his past and present affairs which he coloured bright to shock herWhen she wore her new bonnets he thought she was rather sweet looking in an old fashioned way  They talked and laughed together for hours  If anyone had told him they were well suited he would have been shockedDammler is all one could want in a romantic hero – handsome clever confident but self aware enough not to take himself too seriously  Yet for most of the book he has no idea that what he is feeling for Prudence IS love although the reader sees the progression from professional interest to friendship to love through some of the wittiest banter I’ve read in a long time And while Prudence is aware of the nature of her feelings she believes the fact that Dammler talks so openly to her means that he sees her as another male friend or – just as bad – a sister“I didn’t go out at all last night  Stayed home and got the second act written in rough”This was the second time he had mentioned in a seemingly casual fashion the innocent nature of his nights and Prudence decided to chide him about it  “I wasn’t hellraking last night either but I hadn’t meant to brag to you about it”“Oh what a heartless wench she is  You complained loud enough when I was out carousing Won’t you say a kind word on my improvement?”“I did not complain  Don’t cast me in the role of guardian of your morals”“Well I hoped to please you by improving  No one else ever was kind enough to worry about me or care whether I ran to perdition”“What a plumper  Your mama cried for two hours when you got drunk”“But she’s been dead for ten years  I started drinking young  And my father has been dead for fifteen years  Just a poor orphan waif really  Couldn’t you pat my head and bless me or must I lie on the floor and hold my breath to excite any interest?”“Indeed it is not necessary to choke yourself  Good boy” she reached out and patted his head and felt sorry for him in spite of his shameless bid for pityThere are of course a couple of hiccups along the way in the form of some unsuitable suitors one of whom is a particularly odious misogynist  The final section which takes place in Bath lacks some of the earlier sparkle but by that time I was so firmly rooting for Dammler and Prudence to resolve their differences that I didn’t really mindImprudent Lady is the perfect pick me up read; uick funny and clever with a nicely done romance and some great secondary characters not least of which is Prudence’s uncle Clarence the truly awful artist  Somehow Joan Smith keeps this running joke fresh as Clarence expounds freuently upon various aspects of his art“I think Lawrence could pick up a trick of two from me but he is uite spoilt with attention  I blushed for him poor fellow to see everyone praising such likenesses  He had a wart on Lady Cassel’s nose  You’d think anyone who calls himself an artist would have panted it out  But his sensitivity is entirely lacking  He can only paint a pretty picture if he has as pretty subject”If you’re in the mood for a light hearted tender romance full of sharply observed witty banter add Imprudent Lady to your TBR  You won’t regret it

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Imprudent LadyHas won acclaim for his scandalous Cantos from Abroad Drawn by the rakish maruis into the hotbed of London society Prudence finds herself in way over her head and hea I've read this book at least a dozen times It's simply hot tea with milk and lots of sugar an a gray day