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10 thoughts on “Man of Honour

  1. says:

    Levi is on a mission Ever since the untimely death of his beloved sister, he s made a goal to tracking down and exposing the illegal gambling dens and their corrupt masters from causing any innocents from being driven to ruin, as was done to her His base of operations is his loan brokering business, an establishment which alongside his Jewish background don t make him popular in 19th century London But however unsavoury his business may be to some, it one day brings a chance at exposing one such den of iniquity right into his lap with the arrival of Lady Laura Ashton Lady Ashton is in dire straights Her hopes of what looked to be a a wonderful coming out in London for her first season are dashed, as she falls into a serpent s den at the hands of the charming yet sinister Lord Allen and his embittered wife After being coerced by Allen into playing a game of chance during a party at his manor, she finds herself taken advantage of to the sum of 2000 aprox 36,000 today and given a loathsome offer as to how she may work off her debt at his hands.In desperations, she approaches Levi at his shop only to lose her nerve when they come face to face His curiosity is piqued, however, and after some investigation he manages to uncover her plight and rescue her from her debt, as well as Allen s harassment Unfortunately Allen has no intention of letting matters stand and makes one last attempt to bring Laura to ruin.Sounds like a pretty awesome book, no Adventure, the possibility of romance, a dashing hero with a heart of gold 3 3Too bad Levi s presence in the book, and the above plot line take up the entirety of about 10 pages at most.No, I m not kidding Man of Honour is about a young woman, Laura, who is forced into marriage with someone she barely knows after accidentally being un chaperoned not that they re actually alone over a weekend, after a sudden snow storm and carriage accident She comes to London with her shiny new husband, brining her sister along for the ride so she can have her first season During which time they shop, mostly, as well as host the occasional tea party, and go to various parties where Clarissa can meet some of the ton s eligible gentlemen Occasionally we see awkward attempts at conversation between Laura and her new husband, which generally end with her being offended and him too dense and self absorbed to realise it There s a bit of drama, with his ex mistress being unhappy that he has broken off their relationship and recruiting her husband to bring Laura to ruin in revenge The woman assists in this by going out of her way to manipulate Laura s emotions, and make her jealous, causing Laura to repeatedly play right into the couples hands This comes off as annoying than anything, however, as we re given no indication that Laura feels anything for the man until the end of the book, and her jealousy comes across as immature, rebellious behaviour but not completely incomprehensible behaviour, as it s usually displayed after her spouse has acted like a patronizing jacka towards her This nonsense makes up at least 3 4 of the book Also not promising, is that from what I understand, Laura is supposed to be a reasonably intelligent character She spends a lot of time reading, and is from the upper class it s implied that she s received a decent education for the time though she s no trail blazer or suffragette So why would a reasonably intelligent woman go off to the home of a strange man she barely knows, who isn t her husband Especially since the last time she did so, IIRC, ended up with her being taken to a party that IIRC she was already highly disturbed by And she makes it clear she holds no fondness for the man, despite his apparent charm.The author gets a point for historical accuracy, I suppose the rakes as depicted in this novel are true to the historic definition given in the link below a far cry from the harmless ne er do well who turns good that we see in romance novels I might have to avoid rake stories for a while If it wasn t for the drama, and Levi, the book would be completely dull I haven t read the authors other books yet, but this one does not recommend her writing to me I really feel as though she missed the mark I mean, she came up with a complex, complicated plot that she could have done so much with focus on Levi, his history Still bring in the rake couple, but give them a better reason for targeting Laura money, for instance bankrupt ruined, she d be unable to fight back against them, after they finish with her Introduce her to Levi, and start a romance there, and you can bring in struggles against class differences, cultural differences and mis understandings, bigotry against his culture from outsiders She could have done so much with it But instead she turned Levi into a sub plot, for a story that has no where near the potential It wasn t DNF bad it s a quick read The writing is read able, if dull I might check out her other books, but I wouldn t recommend this one for anyone interested in checking out her writing go for something recent on the chance that she s improved with experience.Regency Corinthians, Dandies, Rakes and Young Blades Not gonna lie, I don t remember her real name I had to look at the book page just for her given name.


  2. says:

    First of all, despite its fancy cover, this book has been around for quite awhile It was originally published in 1981 I m wondering if the character development that Ashford used was indicative of the decade in which she wrote, or of her personal style.The novel is written in the third person limited viewpoint It s as if we sit on the shoulder of the heroine We know only what she knows and only what she feels Throughout the course of the novel, there are may three complete pages of material from the hero s point of view I m wondering if Ashford meant for the reader to fully identify with Laura by giving us only her point of view I must say, it did not work for me Laura ends up falling in love with her husband, but there isn t really any reason for her to do so Ashford doesn t even spend much time extolling the physical aspects of Eliot that appeal to Laura We see him repeatedly treat Laura as a child and call caring for her a duty While he does occasionally have dinner with Laura and attend a few social events, there seems very little reason for her to fall in love with him.Just as Laura eventually falls in love with Eliot, Eliot eventually falls in love with Laura But again, we have very little reason for that to happen Laura seems to act like the child that Eliot seems to see Laura s physical charms are not enumerated either Laura gets into all sorts of trouble when she acts out She behaves in the way she does just because Eliot or the gossips tell her she shouldn t And, Eliot doesn t even save Laura from her biggest problem A very minor secondary character does Overall, the idea behind the story is good I would have liked to have some additional characterization in order to believe that love does happen for these two people.


  3. says:

    ok the summary looks great and i was really expecting SOMETHING to happen,like maybe he ignores her and she gets fed up with his attitude and decides to make her self in to the Belle of the Ball but does she NO SHE DOES NOT i m sorry but this was just not what i was wanting to read in the end i think the only reason i was able to actually finish the book was because i was expecting something new to happen.Seriously it begins with the guy saying how he s proud that be got himself a wife and that she s perfect, and so getting frustrated with his attitude towards her, she decides to rebel and i m thinking to myself YEAH she s doing something but in the end she just makes an even bigger mess ARGH and usually i love the siblings that appear in books but my god Clarissa was annoying this girl did not know when to not butt in Seriously i can t say how disappointed i was i really wanted to see the main couple spend than 2 minutes together because then it would have at least made it possible that they had fallen in love with each other.


  4. says:

    This book shows its age The trope of the mature hero who marries and tolerates a young, unseasoned woman Not exactly easy to pull off today, where Eliot comes off as a distant control freak and Laura as an insipid milquetoast There s a pair of villains who are unbelievably black, Laura s rambunctious younger sister and the heir to a dukedom in disguise rounding out the romance s share of ridiculousness You don t really believe that Laura and Eliot connect at a rushed and unsatisfying conclusion Her sister s story has much of a romance about it than Laura s There s also a bit of an odd and disconcerting appearance of London Jews in the story which comes across as trying to invoke the period ideas without being prejudiced but doesn t exactly succeed.


  5. says:

    I should have saved my money This book is full of unlikeable characters and has a ridiculous plot I would have thrown it against the wall, but I read it on my iPad The story started off in a promising fashion when the couple is marooned at an inn during a snowstorm They have to marry to save the woman s reputation.The heroine, Laura, is a colorless, timid idiot who makes one bone headed decision after another Eliot, the honourable man is cold and unfeeling until the very end, when he decides he s madly in love My biggest disgust is for Clarissa, Laura s younger sister, who is manipulative and reckless and always gets just what she wants.This is a reprint that was first published in 1981.


  6. says:

    A fun romp A bit farcical at the end, but a good read.


  7. says:

    I enjoyed reading Man of Honour but it could have been better Why oh why do good books fall aparrrrrrrt in the last few chapters Drives me crazy.


  8. says:

    Eliot has agreed to take Laura to her aunts but they get stuck in a snow storm and up at a inn for several days.The aunts say they must marry because Laura is ruined.They marry and now Laura must find her way in London with Eliot Her sister Clarissa comes too.Laura is learning her way and the way things go in London.She get in trouble but finds a way out.Eliot is not there must until she really needs him.They do find their love and get their on track.He realizes he loves her and she loves him from the firstJust shows that love came to you when you least expect it.I will read of her books.


  9. says:

    It s a good thing this was one of Ashford s first if not the first books Eliot is an unemotional hero I rag on possessive alpha asshole characters but I think I might have preferred that to Eliot s casual bullshit Women have no sense of humor Men have no real companionship with women except sex I have endured vapors, hysterics, etc He s such an unpleasant person right from his first PoV scene and his casual misogyny is so unpleasant and uncomfortable and I really absolutely hate him already.


  10. says:

    An entertaining read.


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Man of Honour summary pdf Man of Honour, summary chapter 2 Man of Honour, sparknotes Man of Honour, Man of Honour 3af39c0 Eliot Saw His Duty And Married Laura What Else Could A Gentleman Do When They Had Been Snowbound Together At An Inn Unchaperoned The Fact That Laura Was Beautiful, Gentle, And Completely Suitable As A Wife Made His Behaving As A Man Of Honour Very EasyBut Laura Was Not Satisfied With Such A Meager Basis For Marriage And The Once Docile Young Bride Soon Began A Rebellion That Had All The Ton Agog And Her Husband Forgetting About Honour And Listening Instead To His Heart

  • Kindle Edition
  • 354 pages
  • Man of Honour
  • Jane Ashford
  • English
  • 12 March 2017