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The Rake by Mary Jo Putney

The Rake (edition 1998)

by Mary Jo Putney

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Title:The Rake
Authors:Mary Jo Putney
Info:Topaz (1998), Paperback, 352 pages
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Read this many years ago and I still think of it sometimes. Big influence. Quite a few romance writers would agree, I think. It was unique for its time. Mary Jo Putney is such a great writer. ( )
  NoelleGreene | Mar 18, 2015 |
Read this many years ago and I still think of it sometimes. Big influence. Quite a few romance writers would agree, I think. It was unique for its time. Mary Jo Putney is such a great writer. ( )
  NoelleGreene | Mar 18, 2015 |
Not awful, but not worth the time it took to read. Characters were somewhat likable but sort of stupid, and their problems and behavior often beggared belief. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
A 'classic' for a multitude of reasons-smart, sexy, and interesting. ( )
  zannerina | Oct 21, 2013 |
Alys Weston is running from her past, and Reggie Davenport is fleeing his future. Fate brings them together on Reggie's Dorset estate, Strickland.

It's uncommon, to say the least, for a woman to be an estate steward, yet Alys has been able to pull off that job for four years, communicating with the absentee owner in writing. When Reggie's cousin, the new owner, gives the estate over to Reggie, Alys sees her idyll coming to an end. Yet, when Reggie arrives at Strickland, he proves to be surprisingly open-minded, impressed Alys's success, and keeps her on as steward.

Reggie is a rake of the first order, but more than that, he's a drunkard who, at age thirty-seven, has begun to suffer blackouts. Even he has become convinced that his life is on a dangerous trajectory; a voice in his head keeps telling him, "This way of life is killing you." He believes that Strickland may be his salvation.

Alys and Reggie gradually become friends, and though they are attracted to one another, nothing more than a few kisses are exchanged. When fire destroys the steward's house, Alys and her three young wards move into the estate house, and Reggie begins to know the joys of a family for the first time in his life.

But Reggie's real problem is his drinking, and a great deal of this story revolves around his efforts to first get it under control and later to stop altogether. It's heartbreaking to watch him try and fail and try again.

Mary Jo Putney does an excellent job portraying the inner demons that plague Reggie. At the same time, she doesn't succumb to the temptation that some writers might feel to make Reggie's recovery all about his love for Alys. Reggie is getting sober for himself, not for someone else. And while Putney does lapse into a bit of AA one-day-at-a-time-speak occasionally, she is able to keep the story from sounding too modern.

There's an engaging cast of secondary characters and a couple of other romances. And I particularly enjoyed the epilogue: after Reggie and Alys marry, the other characters are shown reacting to the news, wrapping the whole story up quite nicely.

I picked out this book because of its high GR ratings, its having won the RITA in 1990, and its ranking in AAR's Top 100 romances of all time. All these accolades are well and truly deserved.

I don't know what else to say other than this is a really good book, and I highly recommend it. ( )
  LadyWesley | Sep 25, 2013 |
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It was predicted that Reginald Davenport, disinherited and disgraced, would come to a violent end. But fate has given him one final chance to redeem himself, by taking his place as the rightful master of Strickland, his lost ancestral estate. Davenport knows his way around women -- yet nothing prepares him for his shocking encounter with Lady Alys Weston.


Masquerading as a man in order to obtain a position as estate manager of Strickland, Alys fled a world filled with mistrust and betrayal. She finished with men -- yet how could she have predicted that Strickland's restored owner would awaken a passion more powerful than anything she had ever known? A passion that will doom or save them both... if only they can overcome their pasts and dare to believe in the wondrous power of love...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451406869, Mass Market Paperback)

Mary Jo Putney has delighted millions of loyal readers with tales of captivating romance and high adventure. Now, Signet is proud to present The Rake, her latest and most compelling novel to date!

Fate has given a disgraced rake one final chance to redeem himselfby taking his place as the rightful master of an ancestral estate. But nothing prepares him for his shocking encounter with a beautiful lady who has fled a world filled with betrayal. Now he will awaken in her a passion more powerful than anything she has ever known--a passion that can doom or save them both if they dare to believe.

* 2.5 million copies of Mary Jo Putney's books in print
* Fivetime nominee Mary Jo Putney won the 1995 RWA Award for Dancing on the Wind in the Best Long Historical Category
* Mary Jo Putney has also won four RWA Golden Leaf Awards for Best Historical Novel, and the Romantic Times Award, for Best Regency Author
* Mary Jo Putney is also the author of the national bestselling Topaz romances River of Fire, Shattered Rainbows, Angel Rogue, and Dancing on the Wind

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A man who tries to regain his heritage and to claim his place as master of an estate discovers that his estate manager is a woman, who promises him a future and a good life.

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