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I really need to start checking my expectations at the door when it comes to books I read for review. I expected Reluctantly Royal to be a cute, fish-out-of-water story about a commoner thrust into the royal spotlight. Instead, I received a story about a funeral, an alcoholic, and a tepid romance.

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Jane Austenís books are so timeless and classic, itís easy to forget that many of her charactersí problems and the storiesí plots are based on the social mores of a specific time and place in history. Itís only when reading Diana Peterfreundís Persuasion-inspired For Darkness Shows the Stars that I came to realize how critical it is to get those aspects right, because when that doesnít happen, what you end up is something very un-Austen like.

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