Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I Love The Earl by Caroline Linden

Title/Author: I Love The Earl by Caroline Linden
Publisher/Date published: Avon Impulse, August 1st 2011
How I got this book: received it from the publisher through NetGalley

Goodreads summary: "A single lady in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a suitor...
Margaret de Lacey has accepted her unmarried state with dignity, if not delight. She had no suitors when she was young and starry-eyed, though regrettably poor, and it’s unlikely any man will court her now that she’s older, wiser, and still just as penniless. Until, that is, her brother unexpectedly inherits the dukedom of Durham and settles an enormous dowry on her, making her the most eligible heiress in town.
No gentleman in London is more in need of a wealthy bride than Rhys Corwen, Earl of Dowling. He contrives an introduction to Margaret because of her dowry, but she swiftly sets him right: no fortune hunter will win her heart or her hand. Far from put off, Rhys is intrigued. Interested. Entranced. And soon the only thing he needs more than Margaret’s fortune... is her love."

This is the second novella I've read in the last two weeks and I must say: still not a fan of the concept. I mean, if the whole thing is only 100 pages long, there's not much room for character development and I feel the characters are less fleshed out in general.

However, I did enjoy this novella. It was short, but sweet, even though I didn't really connect to the characters. I felt Margaret's brother was a cardboard, he served his purpose and that was really all there was to it.

I did like Margaret and Rhys, but I feel that if this had been a regular novel, I would have liked it a lot better, because now everything happened so fast, it was a bit unbelievable at times. Rhys was a really good hero though and I would have liked to spend more time with him.

But: I liked it, though I don't think I'll be reading many novella's in the future, it's just not really my thing.

My rating: 3 stars


  1. Great review! Thanks for posting.

  2. Aww! it sounded like it would have made a great full-length book!!
    But somehow I don't feel like reading it as a novella - I'm not a big fan of novellas, as I rarely feel they develop the characters enough.

    *le sigh*

    Thanks for the review!!!