by Elizabeth Thornton

December 2003 Reissue
ISBN: 0-8217-7537-5
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Mass Market Paperback

Catherine Harland is a bluestocking. She has studied the classics and feels that she should be the equal of any man. Unfortunately, the men she has met don’t feel the same way. While inspecting the library that she has inherited from an elderly neighbor, she is kissed by the Marquis of Rutherton.

The Marquis of Rutherton is known throughout London as a rake. He enjoys women, but has grown weary of the rather meaningless chatter he must endure from them. He heads to the estate that his distant relation has bequeathed him. Little does he know that the woman he is looking for is waiting for him at his new estate.

Catherine finds the Marquis to be over bearing and obnoxious. The Marquis finds Catherine to be prickly and very different from his normal ladies. But that doesn’t stop either one of them from falling love. Misunderstandings abound as these two try to find their way to happily ever after.

This story was slightly disappointing. Even though, Catherine is supposed to be a bluestocking and highly intelligent, we aren’t given any clues as to why that is. She might have knowledge of the classics, but I would have liked to have seen more of her intelligence. Why would she have been considered a scholar? The Marquis seemed to condescend to her throughout the whole book. Even at the end, I never got the feeling that he took her seriously. If only this intelligent couple had talked to each other, most of the misunderstandings would have been taken care without so much heartache. I found the secondary romance between Catherine’s sister and the Marquis’ nephew far more interesting than the main romance.

We are also treated to a bonus short story in the re-issued version of Bluestocking Bride . Sheer Sorcery is a nice story about a woman who learns that the man she thought she hated is the only one she can love. Jessica Holtby is on the way home to celebrate Christmas at the estate of her guardian, Roger Moreton. On Christmas Eve, both Roger and Jessica are given the best Christmas presents they could ever receive.

Both Jessica and Roger seem to mature as the story progresses. Even though it is short in length, there is enough background information given that the reader isn’t left feeling like they’ve missed something.

If you enjoy the traditional regency, pull out Bluestocking Bride .

Reviewed in January 2004 by Jenni.

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