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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Review - LIzzie's Rake by Hazel Statham
Title: Lizzie’s Rake
Author: Hazel Statham
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
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Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed by: Mickey
Can a rake reform his ways and truly love? Lizzie's head tells her one thing, her heart another. Infamous rake and Corinthian, Maxim Beaufort, Earl of St. Ive, finding himself in possession of a property in Yorkshire, is unprepared for the changes it will bring into his life. Irresistibly drawn to Elizabeth Granger, the former owner’s daughter, he attempts to help the family, finding himself filling the role of benefactor. When the house is razed to the ground, he arranges for temporary accommodation for Elizabeth and her siblings on his estate. When Elizabeth rejects his proposal of marriage, he is nonetheless determined to win her over. However, events and his reputation conspire to thwart his efforts and his course is one fraught with dangers. Trust does not come easily and determined to protect her heart, Elizabeth struggles to resist her own l ongings. At times, their difficulties appear insurmountable but the earl is widely known as ‘The Indomitable’ and the name was not lightly earned.
Hazel Statham is a wonderful example of what a Regency writer could and should be, writing an entertaining and sensitive novel destined for the keeper shelf. From the initial chapter, we are drawn into the characters’ lives, falling in love with strong-willed Elizabeth Granger and her siblings and succumbing to the obvious charm of Maxim Beaufort. Lizzie’s Rake has everything needed to elevate it to that classic status: a superior plot, interesting characters and a strong and witty dialogue.
Here’s my dilemma: I could not decide if I wanted to cheer for Lizzie or strangle her! On the one hand we have Lizzie the determined female trying to survive in a man’s world, and then we have Lizzie constantly questioning her judgment. That puzzlement stayed with me throughout a vast majority of the book, but I liked this feeling. I enjoyed Lizzie’s doubt over Maxim’s motives, and his actions. I enjoyed Maxim’s confusion, anger and obvious frustration over Lizzie’s actions in response to his declaration. Essentially, I just enjoyed the entire book, and I believe others will feel the same way too. My advice is to read the book and find out for yourselves, I believe you will not be disappointed.