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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.


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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