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Indiscretion by Jude Morgan

Indiscretion (edition 2006)

by Jude Morgan

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Authors:Jude Morgan
Info:New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006.
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Caroline Fortune is a woman of good sense and good humor, both of which she's needed in order to survive. Her father lost what little wealth he had years ago, and now the debt collectors have grown quite severe. Although Caro has better experience with gambling hells than genteel parlors, her father nevertheless manages to secure her a place with a cantankerous old lady. Despite years of experience fending for herself, Caro is still young, and she finds that shifting into the quieter mode of Society rather difficult. Moreover, people keep taking her into their confidence, quite against her protests. When scandals start popping up, how will she protect her reputation?

I really enjoyed this novel. First and foremost, Caroline and the love interest (who I won't name, for fear of spoiling the pleasure of discovering who he is) are unique, well-thought-out characters. Their virtues and their foibles both make complete sense, and their conversations are very entertaining. The secondary characters have distinct voices and personalities, and neither they nor the plot is cribbed from Austen (unlike the majority of Regencies written today).

But like Austen, this is a book that uses a great deal of satire. It's a true pleasure to read an author with both wit and something to say with it. I'm really looking forward to reading more books by Morgan. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
A Regency romance featuring Caroline, who is forced by poverty to go and work as companion to the domineering Mrs Catling. She is turned off when she insists on time off to go to her father's funeral and is rescued by her previously estranged uncle and aunt. There is a lot more plot - in fact far too much plot. People get propositioned, people run off together a la Lydia Bennet, people get jilted, people cut each other out of inheritances, people suffer unrequited love etc etc. I have to admit to skimming the last third.

It is (as the cover claims) a bit like Georgette Heyer, although not as funny. It is, on the other hand, much better written than any of the other "in the tradition of Georgette Heyer" novels I have tried over the years. The ending was unsatisfactory to me: Fanny's romance troubled me and Caroline's, although we could see it coming, was a bit abrupt. ( )
  pgchuis | Oct 22, 2014 |
For a while I thought I was reading the kind of book that's well-written but has no real action. Then about halfway in things got real in a hurry. I don't mean to call the book a thriller; for me, though, it was a real pleaser. One feels the echoes of Austen, but the effect is very different. Pitch-perfect writing, and what a sweet last line.

My first book by Morgan, but I'll be seeking out more of his work in the future. Taste of Sorrow: expect me. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
Jude Morgan's Austenesque novel started well enough, with a wryly cynical heroine fallen on hard times, but the plot was slow to develop and the characters never really came to life for me. Yes, Jane Austen's stories - most particularly Emma, my favourite - are usually only limited in scope to 'white frocks and weddings', or the trivial romantic concerns of a few gentlefolk, but then her narratives are also packed to the brim with humour and sly social commentary. Morgan attempts this same approach - 'Lord what fools these mortals can be. Men most of all; and of all men, soldiers. Dice, wine, and trollops is all they are good for' - but what he matches in style, he misses in substance. The dialogue sounds very Regency, but his characters never have anything of consequence to say.

Caroline is perhaps meant to be a worldly Mary Crawford type, but comes across more like one of the goodly heroines of novels like Evelina, which Austen liked to mock. Stephen Milner is a Henry Tilney knock-off, Richard Leabrook and Charles Carraway are Cads with a capital 'C' in the time honoured style of Wickham and Willoughby, and Mrs Catling is a middle class Lady Catherine de Bourgh. All are recognisable from Austen's novels, down to the romantic entanglements, but more in the style of Georgette Heyer than the original author, I'm afraid. The story is a jumble of Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park, with a dash of Burney thrown in for good measure.

Perhaps I just wasn't in the right mood, but Jude Morgan's ode to Austen simply failed to inspire. The first part, with Caroline going to work for the irascible Mrs Catling, was intriguing and well written, although I was already wondering where the story was leading, but the country house shenanigans were hardly worth waiting for and the ending was rushed. I might give another of Jude Morgan's novels a try at a later date - after choosing this title on the strength of the many positive reviews received - but then rereading Austen might be a safer bet. ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Jun 24, 2012 |
I loved this! Almost as good as Georgette Heyer with a lot more sauciness mixed in. I wish Morgan would write more Regencies; he's got a wonderful knack for the characters and is extremely funny.
  celiafrances | Mar 9, 2012 |
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When Caroline Fortune's prodigal father loses all they possess, he arranges for his daughter to become the companion of the formidable (but extremely wealthy and childless) Mrs Catling. Although uncomfortable with the plan Caroline resolves to make the most of this introduction to polite society, and her beauty and intelligence soon attract many admirers. But, much to her dismay, she is just as quick to realise that love and romance are not what some gentlemen seek and finds herself unjustly implicated in their indiscretions.

Exasperated by her predicament can Miss Fortune retain her reputation without losing her head? And will she discover that there is at least one good man who is more than willing to take her side and, indeed, her fancy?
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When your father is a man of expensive tastes and schemes but very little money, you soon learn to make do. So when Captain Fortune, a well-meaning but profligate ex-soldier in Regency England, tells his daughter Caroline that they are ruined, she automatically starts seeking employment as a governess. Her father, however, has far grander designs for Miss Fortune.…
Caro is to become the companion of Mrs. Catling, the rich, fierce widow of her father's old colonel. As Mrs. Catling amuses herself by tormenting her relatives and servants, Caro resolves to make the best of the situation, and soon her beauty and intelligence attract the attentions of male admirers.
Surrounded by people with an alarming readiness to reveal each other's confidences, Caroline is exasperated to find herself implicated in their indiscretions. But will Miss Fortune be able to avoid losing her reputation without losing her head? And will she find at least one good man amongst the genteel set who will take her side, and, indeed, her fancy?

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When her profligate father loses his fortune, Caroline agrees with his scheme to set her up as the companion of a wealthy and powerful society matron and use her beauty and intelligence to attract the attentions of Regency society's most eligible men.… (more)

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