"charming Regency romance"
Any smart aristocratic female knows to abide by the
unwritten rules of the Ton if she wants to catch a suitable
husband. Thus most debutantes know when to smile, laugh,
and speak. Most also realize not to show any bluestocking-
leanings such as handicaps caused by intelligence, a head
for business, or obstinacy. Kate Kendell is in the
minority, as she does not care about the Regency
regimen. Instead she will rip skin off business managers
and suitors so that is why she is considered on the shelf
with no prospects on the geriatric age of twenty-four.
Lord Ainsworth, Harry Girard, visits Kate and her family to
admire the highly regarded painting, THE GIRL WITH THE
PERSIAN SHAWL. Kate is beyond rude towards Harry who is
stunned by her attitude since he had not done anything
amiss towards her. Still, he delights in her pounding him
so he returns. He even begins to question whether love
turned him into a masochist.
THE GIRL WITH THE PERSIAN SHAWL is a charming Regency
romance that sub-genre fans will enjoy, especially the
antics of the stubborn but brilliant Kate. Harry is an
ideal lead protagonist who wants to simply kiss the
kissable Kate, but spends much time fending off her barbs
and the love declarations of another woman. Readers will
enjoy this witty relationship romp though at times Kate
seems to collect too many pelts.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 25, 2002
In Suffolk, every unmarried young lady knows that, if she
ever wants to find a match, she must walk, speak, eat, even
laugh properly. A young woman looking to marry is always
sweet and demure, charming and gracious, and, of course,
deferential. But not Kate Rendell. An anomaly, Kate could
not care less what people think of her and her tendency to
speak her mind. Her suitors have all taken a disliking to
this quirk of hers--and taken flight. And Kate has not
minded. That is, until one man walks into her life...
When Harry Gerard, Lord Ainsworth, calls upon Kate to view
her family's much-admired painting of a girl with a Persian
shawl, his hostess's rudeness takes him by surprise, and he
leaves confused. But for all the gall she displayed during
his visit, Kate finds herself thinking about him more and
more. And she would never let anything stand between
herself and the object of her desire--even if the obstacle
is her beloved cousin...