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This book was so bad, so absolutely bad, I think it left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth Laden with spelling mistakes you don t staunch bleeding Ms Donner, you stanch it , grammatical errors, and historical inaccuracies, completed by a highly predictable plot line and possibly the worst main characters the world has seen, The Rake and the Bishop s Daughter had me wanting to stab someone desperately Ms Donner, if you re American, please, please, I beg of you, do not write about English c This book was so bad, so absolutely bad, I think it left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth Laden with spelling mistakes you don t staunch bleeding Ms Donner, you stanch it , grammatical errors, and historical inaccuracies, completed by a highly predictable plot line and possibly the worst main characters the world has seen, The Rake and the Bishop s Daughter had me wanting to stab someone desperately Ms Donner, if you re American, please, please, I beg of you, do not write about English characters The diction, the language, everything is so completely and totally off I cannot imagine how this book has a rating offour point fucking eleven Are people blind Can t they read Or is it just me Do I expect too much from writers these days sighs DecentDecent read but does not stand out or engage me fully Blurb lies as it promises an ice queen of a heroine and instead we get a sensual widow who has had a crush on the hero since she was twelve Still, she is a level headed and intelligent woman so I wasn t grumbling too much Also, she is thirty In regency romances that totally counts as a mature heroine I read this romance novel without reading the other two in the series I was hoping to find another author in the same vein as Julia Quinn, who is my favorite Regency era author Sad to say that I was disappointed.The two main characters are actually fleshed out on the surface Harry Collyns, the playboy who scandalizes London because he s bored orlike he d rather not subject his true self to the scrutiny of the judgmental ton Olivia St Clair, the widow who self imposes chastity upon h I read this romance novel without reading the other two in the series I was hoping to find another author in the same vein as Julia Quinn, who is my favorite Regency era author Sad to say that I was disappointed.The two main characters are actually fleshed out on the surface Harry Collyns, the playboy who scandalizes London because he s bored orlike he d rather not subject his true self to the scrutiny of the judgmental ton Olivia St Clair, the widow who self imposes chastity upon herself due to guilt and a lack of self esteem after an marriage and childhood both absent of love It s a damn shame that the romance between then is not quite as believable as their surface traits view spoiler The two mains, particularly Olivia, flip flop opinions on each other faster than Hillary Clinton on political issues They fall in love lust with each other quickly and end up engaged just as quickly due to a quick fix avoidance of Regency baby mama drama At some point in the book, Harry vows to spend his life helping Olivia throw off the shackles of her past life and live freely That goes out the window when he learns that she believes a certain rumor about him from an unreputable source Olivia, meanwhile, looks past the gossip about Harryuntil she hears that one particularly unsavory rumor What makes this rumor different from the other rumors about Harry Why does she vow to forgive Harry s past, to investigate it and accept it but not do the same with this one rumor During all of his interactions with her prior to their dramatic break up, why did he never think to mention his status as an owner of a shared plantation as soon as he heard she was an abolitionist And when they unsurprisingly get back together, why does Harry immediately forgive Olivia for slighting his character after taking massive offense to her doubts just ten or so pages prior On that note, I know that Olivia s naive abolitionism isn t played up over the course of the novel in order to make room for the plot point where Lady Asterly steps in to call her out on it But Olivia s spuriously unyielding belief in abolitionism is just TOO unrealistic Where are the personal stories from her former husband about why slavery is atrocious Why is there no detail given about why slavery is such an important issue to her,so than other human rights violations or causes like street urchins starving in London s streets or the double standards of London society towards women What personal experience did Olivia have that could encourage such a strong belief in abolitionism even to the point where she is treated like a social pariah for it by the rest of her peers in 1800s London To us moderns, it s obvious that the system of slavery is destructive because we have access to its painful history and know people whose ancestors have experienced it and also arguably we can witness it today in the form of the prison industrial complex but that s a tangent I m not willing to go down at the moment Basically, what makes Olivia s belief in abolitionism not a pet issue to the point where she props it up as the one belief she will not yield on hide spoiler Due to lack of detail and realism, the novel comes across as a caricature of a romance rather than one the breath stealing, heart warming one it was intended to be 3 Enough quibbles and issues that I can t round up, but still an enjoyable escape.I don t know why I like this one so much, but I do There s actually quite a few things knocking points for me, and a few character traits that drove me nuts, but somehow I still enjoyed it There are a fair amount of historical inaccuracies and some spelling and grammar issues that were distracting But I like the relationships between all the friends, I like the development of things between the leads though th 3 Enough quibbles and issues that I can t round up, but still an enjoyable escape.I don t know why I like this one so much, but I do There s actually quite a few things knocking points for me, and a few character traits that drove me nuts, but somehow I still enjoyed it There are a fair amount of historical inaccuracies and some spelling and grammar issues that were distracting But I like the relationships between all the friends, I like the development of things between the leads though they do have their irritating moments , and I felt the ending was a satisfying HEA.I didn t mind Harry as a lead actually liked his character well enough though he was a bit too perfect and constantly described as to his looks We get it He s handsome Olivia, on the other hand, bothered mefrequently Like their big fight at the end she s ignored so many rumors, talked to him and gotten the truth, but then this one, she s actually believing and refusing to talk to him about One of those times where you just want to shake the character by the shoulders and yell, Why don t you just talk to him Self inflicted drama bah And on that note her views on abolition seemed I dunno, anachronistic She s so set in that belief, and to a modern reader, yes, we definitely understand why But at the time, and without any personal connections to really trigger it, why was she determined I dunno it just never meshed cleanly for me with the rest of her personality and time period.Alternating 3rd person POV No cheating or love triangle nonsense The OW drama was brought on Olivia by herself The OM drama was another unsuitable suitor aside from Harry honestly an uncomfortably caricatured character Mostly two people overcoming their lust long enough to actually pay attention and fall in love with the person beyond hormones and rumors Enjoyable bit of escapism, but don t look to it for historical accuracy HEA and no cliffhanger Would I readin the series Yes This is in the middle of the series well, earlier onhave been written now and stands alone well, while there arecharacters introduced who could be entertaining to read about too Another fun one in this series, having started with the later books and now going back it s fun to read how the relationships are established. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I love your good there test run to read this book which is good enough to make sure that you are going to have a great life as you are now working hard as it happens with your writing style is also very good and bad people will think it s boring but I just like the good you made CharmingThe characters were likeable, the story moved along smartly, and the wrap up was satisfying and made me happy Whatcould one want *Download Book ⇔ The Rake and the Bishop's Daughter ⇨ Society s beloved wastrel, Sir Harry Collyns, pushes his popularity past the point of acceptability when he posed for a statue that creates a social uproar People line up for blocks to see Handsome Harry in the nude, sculpted by a female artist Bored with the fuss and scandal, Harry hitches up his fastest team, heads for the country, and a near fatal curricle accident When the bandages are removed from his head days later, he discovers the angel voiced widow who d cared for him is neither elderly nor as mild as her tone, but a straight laced do gooder unimpressed with his flamboyant past and dashing good looks Head battered and heading for a broken heart, he falls into love with Widow Olivia St Clair, who might be the one woman in England that Harry can t charm into loving him back Land Degradation And Society Sir Harry Collyns From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture In and Out of Africa pushes his popularity past the point of acceptability when he posed for a statue that creates a social uproar People line up for blocks to see Handsome Harry in the nude Nocturnum: Long Shades sculpted by a female artist Bored with the fuss and scandal Gallery Bundu: A Story about an African Past Harry hitches up his fastest team Links to the Diasporic Homeland heads for the country Given Time: I. Counterfeit Money and a near fatal curricle accident When the bandages are removed from his head days later Cockney Past and Present: A Short History of the Dialect of London he discovers the angel voiced widow who d cared for him is neither elderly nor as mild as her tone The Birth of Industrial Britain: 1750-1850 but a straight laced do gooder unimpressed with his flamboyant past and dashing good looks Head battered and heading for a broken heart The Ra Expeditions he falls into love with Widow Olivia St Clair Brides For Brazen Gulch (Silhouette Yours Truly, who might be the one woman in England that Harry can t charm into loving him back Even though, there were several typos in the book which tighter editing could have improved, it was still a good read Harry Olivia are very likeable characters He, a practised rake and she a widow of 30 years old Olivia had been carrying a torch for Harry ever since he had done her a kindness when he was a young man and she an awkward 12 year old girl Years later, fate and an accident brought them together Harry is badly injured when his horses are distracted by Olivia and as a result, sh Even though, there were several typos in the book which tighter editing could have improved, it was still a good read Harry Olivia are very likeable characters He, a practised rake and she a widow of 30 years old Olivia had been carrying a torch for Harry ever since he had done her a kindness when he was a young man and she an awkward 12 year old girl Years later, fate and an accident brought them together Harry is badly injured when his horses are distracted by Olivia and as a result, she takes him back to her home to nurse him Sparks fly as he heals, Olivia, a passionate woman who has had to tamp down her desires being told they are sinful and wicked finds her soul mate in Harry, who is a little damaged in soul as well as body.Misunderstandings occur, as well as an unforeseen event or two to separate them onthan one occasion There are sexual scenes in it so if this is not for you, best avoid I have no problem with them and they were well written Part of a series of books, I have not read the others, but it made perfect sense as a stand alone to me without having read the others LOVED this book Primary characters Harry Collyns Handsome Harry and Olivia are perfectly As different as night and day I loved this story, the era and behaviors of the day and a story displaying human foibles which are inherent no matter the time or place The story was told with an obviously well thought out plot which never veered toward a bizarre addition nor deviation but steadfastly developed towards a well told, believable tale of the beginning, middle and the final resolution o LOVED this book Primary characters Harry Collyns Handsome Harry and Olivia are perfectly As different as night and day I loved this story, the era and behaviors of the day and a story displaying human foibles which are inherent no matter the time or place The story was told with an obviously well thought out plot which never veered toward a bizarre addition nor deviation but steadfastly developed towards a well told, believable tale of the beginning, middle and the final resolution of falling in love This relationship was affected with misplaced expectations, misunderstandings and the intrusion of too many people with too many opinions And again.inherent in human behavior no matter the time or place Really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next book by this author which is waiting in my Kindle line up I don t write SPOILER reviews You need to enjoy the story for yourself Time very well spent and I enjoyed the ride immensely