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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Letter from a Rake
Print Length: 285 pages
Publisher: e-Penguin
Publication date:July 10, 2013
Language: English
Genre: Historical Fiction, Humor

Author Biography

Born in England, but raised in Australia, Sasha has a love for both countries. Having her heart in two places has created a love for travel, which at last count was to over 55 countries. A travel guide is always on her pile of new books to read.
Five years ago, Sasha accidently enrolled in a romance writing course. Other than Pride and Prejudice she had never read a romance book before. She soon discovered that the world of historical romance allowed her to combine her love of history with the passion of romance writing.
Sasha has an MBA as well as post graduate qualifications in electronic media. Having worked as an accountant in a media group for many years, she now finds herself in the unique position of having seen both the business and creative sides of publishing.
Sasha lives in Melbourne with her husband, teenage daughter and a cat who thinks sitting on the keyboard is being helpful. Her family have managed to find all but one of her secret chocolate hiding places.
When not writing, she is busy working full time as a Chartered Accountant. On the weekends Sasha loves walking on the beach while devising new ways to torture her characters.

Book Description

The unconventional Miss Millie Ashton, recently arrived from India, finds England a cold and dismal place. The fashionable ladies of London society look down their noses at her and it isn't long before Millie is planning her return to the country she considers home.

When Millie befriends the high-spirited Lucy Radley, she also meets Lucy's handsome brother, 'Alex the Great' and things take a turn for the better. Alex, the Marquess of Brooke, is considered the most eligible bachelor in London, yet he appears fascinated by the independent Millie.

Against the odds, their unlikely friendship deepens. But Alex has a secret and when a love letter goes astray, it threatens to destroy all their happiness...

Can Millie and Alex overcome the obstacles in their path to find true love? Or will one miscommunication ruin everything?

My review

I haven't read so many historical fiction, as far as I could remember I think this will be the best of all for now. The story plot was great. The romance between the main characters were heart-warming. It was a different take on the novels I would normally read. I was totally immersed with the characters that I didn't want to take my eyes off except after  I've finish reading this astonishing novel.

Letter from a rake is about soul mates Millie and Alex. The story dates back to 1817, where Millie Ashton, a duke, born and raised in India has just arrived in England with her family. She hates England and keeps on whining about her wish to return back to India. While no body in England welcomed Millie like the way Alex's sister Lucy did, also a duke like herself, she would have sworn to have died living in England. But the only problem is Lucy's second brother Alex, the sight of him looking at her gave shivers. When she gets to know him better, she comes to a conclusion he is not all bad. It is love at first sight for him.

Then again when everything was going well,  during a fateful night, Alex screws his love by taking Millie away from a public party without his sister and her brother knowing. As they were caught filled with shame, Lucy breaks off her friendship with her, blaming her for being only friends to get closer to his brother like all the other girls did. She gets a wrong impression of Millie and then the next day their whole family is off to Scotland because of the mishap they created. Millie is shocked but she quickly recovers from it.
I loved the author's portrayal of Millie Ashton. In almost all the novels the female protagonists are slender with beautiful curves while in this novel, the author has introduced us to a plump, fat girl with curvaceous figure who also wears a sapphire nose ring much to the men's dislike even though she is amazingly the most ravishing, strong female character I have read so far. She is also very likeable, valiant and knows how to defend for herself in times of trouble.
Alex’s character is the most humorous and also the saddest part in the novel. He has bad tastes in women. When he returns for Millie from Scotland, he is heartbroken to see her new slender figure. I also laughed so much at his innocence and stupidity. He knows how to make thinks harder. He almost puts two ladies in Jeopardy because of the silliest reason he can not write or read. This time his brother doesn't come to his rescue which makes things even harder for him. He has to right the wrongs before Millie chooses the first man who agrees to live with her in India.
Overall, I wasn't able to like the first half. I felt the story was rushed .The second half was full of fun and entertainment. The ending part was so touching with Lady Carolice finding the right man like she deserved. I highly recommend this to everyone who likes historical fiction.


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