Why, yes! This is pretty much my favorite things all rolled into one! Ellen is a delight, and reminds me in many ways of a favorite literary character, Miss Jo March. That is pretty much the highest compliment I could pay to a character so take that as you may.
James is a lot more fun than Professor Bhaer, but just as academically minded in all the best ways. They bring out wonderful sides in one another that I really delighted in. He brings out her brains and a sense of adventure while she competes right on his level thought for thought and challenges his mind.
Pretty much my idea of dream relationship. Reforming Lord Ragsdale. Carla Kelly. Doing No Harm. Mass Market Paperback. Drew Plays Her Hand. Softly Falling. Unlikely Spy Catchers St.
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Borrowed Light. To get the free app, enter mobile phone number. See all free Kindle reading apps. Don't have a Kindle? No customer reviews. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. This is the second book I have read by Carla Kelly. I really liked "Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand", but this was not as good. She is a good writer and the emphasis on sex scenes is minimal.
The plot sounded good: a young woman wants to go to Oxford but cannot, of course, because of her gender. So she enrolls in a woman's school nearby, where the curriculum consists mainly of "female stuff", such as stitchery, etc. Then she meets a young Oxford teacher who befriends her and tries to help her.
I was slightly bored with the book. The characters were not compelling and the plot dull. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. School For Scandal Beautiful and brilliant Miss Ellen Grimsley considered it a scandal and a shame that she as a female could not attend Oxford, while a dashing dunderhead like her older brother Gordon could. On the other hand, society would reel in a scandalized shock at the idea of Ellen donning Gordon's student robes to do his work. But an even greater scandal loomed whe School For Scandal Beautiful and brilliant Miss Ellen Grimsley considered it a scandal and a shame that she as a female could not attend Oxford, while a dashing dunderhead like her older brother Gordon could.
But an even greater scandal loomed when a handsome lord in humble scholar's disguise learned Ellen's secret and set out to give her a most advanced lesson in love Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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More filters. Sort order. Jan 05, Mary - Buried Under Romance rated it really liked it. A great book will inspire one to greatness. While I would not go as far as to call this book a feat of literature, it has definitely inspired some action in me that would have otherwise come to pass. This is an interesting regency, and Mrs. Kelly undertook great risks in crafting the latter half of the book to have a dragged-out marriage proposal and continued refusal by the heroine. At first, I could not understand why a nice comedy has suddenly taken a turn to melodrama, but upon a second read A great book will inspire one to greatness.
At first, I could not understand why a nice comedy has suddenly taken a turn to melodrama, but upon a second reading I've formed some theories: 1. This is a work about a young woman's self-discovery. Or self-understanding, really. Ellen is a talented wordsmith but still immature in age and temper, and she didn't understand how love can take on many forms, or that perhaps men can have just as many troubles as women do. As she becomes to bridge the gap between her understanding of love - observed from the marriage of her parents' and that of her sister - and her own feelings, she comes to create her definition of love.
This is a meta work of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure , a play on which Ellen had written an original paper. This play is considered one of Shakespeare's "problem plays" for its ambiguous genre and morals, among other things, and like the play, this story goes from a comedy, to a melodrama, to a quasi-comedy-of-errors, and to a quasi-tragedy, before we get to the final, expected ending.
It is a puzzling read, and I'm sure many readers may not understand who goes on in Ellen's head for half of the book I almost didn't , but it is as deeply rooted in Shakespeare's style as its subject matter, which suggests that only a careful reading and dissection of its content would prove fruitful. Families can be silly, trying, or even downright embarrassing, but what can we do about that?
Central to this story is a understanding of how families work, that no matter how much we may be embarrassed or in some cases, repulsed by them , they remain family, and it's best to work out a peaceful solution and accept them than to hope that they'll somehow become better on their own - because they won't. This is the truth that Ellen has to come into terms with by herself, and once James had told her the truth of his family, she no longer feels shameful for her family. This acceptance goes a long way into finding peace with oneself, as she discovers.
Well, I don't know if anyone will read this review, but if you do, I do suggest a closer reading of this book's hidden crevices and urge you to be patient with Ellen - she is a young girl faced with sudden and altogether strange circumstances. Sidenote: Wow, this is my first full review for Glad to be back, GR. View all 5 comments. Dec 01, Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it Shelves: chaste , romance , lds. Ignore the cover copy, this isn't at all one of those female disguised as male stories. Oh, she dons a scholar's robe occasionally to get in and out of places, but she never "takes her brother's place".
And James isn't in disguise nor does he blow her cover. Seriously, who writes these things? It's the characters that stand out in this novel. Ellen and James are charming and just a whole lot of fun to spend time with. They have true wit and their discussions are fascinating, both with each other Ignore the cover copy, this isn't at all one of those female disguised as male stories. They have true wit and their discussions are fascinating, both with each other and with others.
Yes, their attitudes both of them about education for women are out of place for the era and that's a little hand-waved, but Kelly does an excellent job of making it feel real to the time and place, even so. What I mean is that she lets those attitudes play out realistically when set into the Regency era so that you can see both how absurd it is to believe women aren't fit for education even as you can see how such attitudes persisted.
Even better, Kelly does a bit of gender-role judo by allowing Ellen to wallow in her restrictions as a woman and then turning that on its head when we see that external constraints are a universal condition of living in society with none of us free to pursue our own interests selfishly. This was extremely well-done--particularly as it didn't excuse the dreadfulness of the restrictions on women's education while doing so.
The romance plotline is serviceable, if somewhat predictable. I enjoyed the characters well enough that this didn't bother me in the least, though. I suppose I was too busy enjoying their friendship to worry so much over what course their romantic relationship would take. Ellen stays unaware of her real feelings a bit longer than I cared for, but that wasn't unexpected and I didn't mind terribly, in the end. In all, this was a great read for a quiet Sunday afternoon. Carla Kelly. Traditional Regency. Are there four more reliable words in the English language?
No there are not. Every single time in the traditional Regency genre, she delivers something heartwarming, romantic, funny, cute, beautiful, interesting, light and characterful. This was all of the things one expects. Ellen, a bluestocking heroin Carla Kelly.
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Ellen, a bluestocking heroine with a passion for Shakespeare and a desire to go to Oxford an experience her elder brother is wasting. And, our hero, Jim. Dreamy Jim. Frustrated fellow who must give up his calling to return to his family seat and live up to the expectations of his title. Again, rather typically Kelly. Gently affectionate, kind and intelligent. The plot is on paper one to swerve. Ellen gets sent to a finishing school in Oxford and ends up dressing up as her brother, attending one of his tutorial, going to the library and writing his papers.
So girl dresses up as boy. And, CK does require a lot of suspension of disbelief from the reader to make it work. The notion that Ellen can just slap on a shirt and some breeches with an academic gown and look like a boy — a student, no less — is, well, ridiculous.
I would be lying, however, if I did not admit that this book probably stretches the historical boundaries. Most memorably at the end of the book, in the middle of Magdalen College when Ellen is wearing her robes. I know male affection at Oxbridge in the early 19th century was actually fairly free and open, but: still. This book also has some fantastic secondary characters and family interactions.
CK is a genius at creating a whole family, ensconced in a local society, in only a few pages. I fell very quickly into the world Kelly has created here. This is a lovely book, not without its flaws, but a perfect nugget of charming escapism. I really liked this one. I really liked our heroine Ellen. She is intelligent and kind. I liked how she is able to manage her silly family, and I do wish they would have appreciated her a little more. I liked her desire to learn more and her love of learning.
I could understand her refusing Lord Chesney initially, but after awhile I was unclear about her motives. I loved James. I thought he was a great character and beneath his scholarly personality was quite the romantic. I loved their relationship, I liked that they had such a great friendship. It made their love a lot more believable and you know by the end that they will be happy together. I did find the idea of Ellen pretending to be a boy a bit unbelievable. I also thought the responses to her papers on Shakespeare a little over the top as well.
I appreciate that she is smart, but standing ovation smart? Overall, I did really enjoy the story. I loved that it was not only clean, but that James was an honorable guy. It is one I would definitely recommend to any regency lover. Content: Clean. I'm glad Cedar Fort is republishing some Carla's older books, I love the new covers! View all 10 comments. Jul 06, Katie W rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-romance , romance-clean. I was completely enchanted by this novel!! I love the way Ms. Kelly words her stories. The characters come to life and jump off the pages.
I could envision Ellen, with her slightly snooty attitude, verbally attacking Jim I could picture Jim, with his slightly messy appearance and love of bantering. Even Gordon was a vivid picture in my mind. I wanted to slap him silly for being such an awful brother, only intent upon squeaky by no matter what the cost. Bette I was completely enchanted by this novel!! Better yet, I wanted to slap Ellen to wake her up. I think she secretly enjoyed bailing him out time and again. However, I especially loved her attitude towards the Dragon and Fanny. She could have blown up, but chose to turn the other cheek and deal with her consequences.
I loved the gradual path the romance took. Ellen wondered what feelings she was really feeling and I loved watching her work through things. Ellen was a lady ahead of her times and was a very brave pioneer for equality of women in the education system. This has got to be one of my favorites of Ms. Kelly's so far. I hope they all get reprinted. Content: talk of gambling and drinking; maybe a cuss word or two; overall clean.
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This is one of those romances where the heroine turns down the hero and he keeps chasing her. Before he dated me, my husband had a very warm relationship with a young woman but when he asked her out she said no, so he respected her wishes and left her alone. Years later she told him that her mother had taught her to turn down a man the first time he asks, and that she had really wanted to go out with him!
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As I reflect on our 16 years of marriage and the wonderful man he is, I think of her and la This is one of those romances where the heroine turns down the hero and he keeps chasing her. As I reflect on our 16 years of marriage and the wonderful man he is, I think of her and laugh and laugh. Feb 27, Heidi Robbins Heidi Reads I enjoyed this humorous look at education in Regency England and the deeper themes that the author deftly brings to light in the midst of well-rounded characters and an entertaining story. View all 3 comments. Sep 09, Miranda Davis rated it liked it.
I'm guessing this Oxford story was an earlier novel of hers because the language too often veers to contemporary and the heroine's endless, angst-y internal conflict about marriage versus self-realization was truer to the 's than 's.
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The hero is a conflicted marquess who longs for the life of the mind but must do his duty after one last term at Oxford. He's a highly-regarded All Souls fellow known for his Shakespearean scholarship. She's a bright, well-read, academically-aspiring young w I'm guessing this Oxford story was an earlier novel of hers because the language too often veers to contemporary and the heroine's endless, angst-y internal conflict about marriage versus self-realization was truer to the 's than 's.
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