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10 thoughts on “May 1812

  1. Steelwhisper Steelwhisper says:

    This book frustrated me and it also made me angry at times because it could have been a 4 or even 5 instead of the 25 I give itI absolutely adored most of the author's voice it read like contemporary of the Regency period and was uite clearly very well researched in most parts There has to have been truly intense linguistic research into the period and I did not doubt for a second that all the historical data were on the spot and even well understood too I loved the uncommon length of it for a Regency romance I loved the fact that the male main character actually had a profession and I adored that this depicted an arranged marriage in exactly such matter of fact way as it would have taken place at the time I loved all the bits about the Napoleonic wars and France and wished there had been uite a lot of thatWith which we come to what I didn't like not at all actually and to what the reasons are why I do not give a book with such a mindbogglingly wonderful Regency voice the 5 it ought to haveYou'd have to do some very fast talking to convince me that a barely 18 year old virgin of upper middleclass origins in England and in 1812 has full knowledge of what takes place during a wedding night Here's what Jonathan Gathorne Hardy recounts of his grandmother I can remember my grandmother who was married in 1899 describing to me how on her wedding day her mother drew her aside and said There's just one thing I must tell you Dorothy Remember whatever Gathorne does to you is right That's 80 years later Except for sources which refer to usually already married women of the high aristocracy there is uite simply no clue or hint which would support that virginal girls at the time were aware of the hard biological facts or directly the basic plumbing and what it does Yet either out of the wish for retroactive political correctness or because of one single Freudian historian with Freud having long since found to be in error multiple times whose theories are not exactly universally lauded recently and romance authors describe their heroines as knowledgeable even those who are very young and virginalAs a result one of the most organic possibilities for conflict gets thrown out of the window I might just have accepted if now instead the author chooses the Napoleonic wars as a source of conflict including maybe the dejection of the two unwilling parties But alas Not so By the way I also fail to believe in a husband of the era who refrains from consummation for weeks on endInstead we get the classic romance trope of the Big Misunderstanding indeed we get it several times an then again another time And it drags on and on and on At that point the book became unfortunately boring and plotwise ceased to be above Harleuin romances which have been doing just this all the past decadesThat was truly very disappointing Some further nitpicking Why would a British lord break out into Oh my America my newfound land my kingdom upon lifting the skirts of his uite British wife? Edit to clarify In 1812 we have the War of 1812 with the USA The USA has fought and won independence John Donne he of the poem referring to his Mistress in this way died 1631 barely 20 years after the colonisation of Northern America had begun Of course he waxes romantic about undiscovered countries belonging to the Kingdom then of course Myddleton is a totally different era and aware of the fact that America is now practically an enemy especially after Perceval was killed and Liverpool tried to smooth the waves with the USA As a diplomat and spy Myddleton would of course know about the impending enemities to happen but a fortnight later Why the hell should he wax romantic about a country about to open war on his own? He is educated enough to also know that Donne wrote his poem under totally different political conditions So these are entirely different things and I can't for the life of me believe that at a moment of sexual endeavour with his British wife he'd say something like that I find it than just outlandish It took me right out of that scene and came over as a major plothole I grasped that the author knew about the typical places and clubs famous within the ton I grasped it about Brummel I just would have preferred to have a tad less of the ton for once That were my hopes Unfortunately this did not followOn the wholeI wished I had been satisfied with this book I loved the voice I loved the authentic language I loved how offhandedly confident the author was about the historical facts but at the end of it I was sorely disappointed by the retconned heroine and the tired plot I will certainly watch out for books from the author but I hope she will become fully true to the era and seek out a individual storyETAIn hindsight I've decided to up this one star The recently written Regencies I read the obvious it becomes that despite its various deficiencies this is standing way about the general crowd So one star for thatETA after the ETAI read this yesterday the fourth time And I still adore it to bits This one is growing on you and that deserves the full monty


  2. Kathy Kathy says:

    This is either the third or fourth time i have read this Regency Romance It has been some years since I last read it and I know each time I will enjoy it even than the last timeI will catch up with the second book soon to close the circle and in memory of this wonderful author we lost to cancer in August of 2014 A great loss


  3. OLT OLT says:

    This book had been languishing forgotten on my Kindle for perhaps than a year when it came up in a cyber discussion and reminded me that I should give it a go It's worth the read but it is a mixed bag alternating between being interesting historical fiction about England's war efforts against Napoleon and being a rather tedious Regency romance in London's Upper Ten ThousandIt's obvious that the author is knowledgeable about the history of the period and supplies lots of detail about the political atmosphere within England and the threats outside The protagonist is Avery Earl of Myddelton a translator and code breaker working for the Foreign Office Through his day to day activities and interactions with real historical personages we get a real feel for the national unrest of the timesIt's only when the book turns to Myddelton's love life that things are a bit tedious The romance for someone like me who has read many a Regency romance in her day in particular through a teenage obsession with Georgette Heyer's work is very been there done that Life among the upper class is minutely detailed with fashion social activities references to customs architecture music the arts and people of the day such as Beau Brummell Almack's patronessesetc This I will admit could have been interesting if I hadn't already read too much Regency fictionThe romance itself has many overused tropes such as failures to communicate misunderstanding even that ubiuitous evil other woman thrown into the mix but in spite of this I still found myself rooting for the hero and heroine to reach a happy point in their relationship That means the author did a good enough job in their characterizations even though Myddelton was a bit erratic in his behavior to his new wifeAll in all this is a pleasant period piece that seems to be authentic depiction of life and speech as it was then One minor point I had an issue with is the heroine's uncle's threat to annul her marriage to Myddelton It's my understanding that in the 1800s mere non consummation was not a legitimate reason for an annulment unless impotence could be proven


  4. Linda Linda says:

    This ambitious novel takes place during the Napoleonic Period and is exuisitely steeped in detail that can only be written by someone who knows their subject well Reminiscent of Austin and Burney Bennetts creates complex characters and successfully combines the intricacies of their personal relationships with the political intrigue of the larger world


  5. Joan Joan says:

    I read this in two days rather a long time for me and I am going to start re reading it probably tonight It's a fabulous novel the writing drawing me into the era with its elegance and mannerisms and dictates I knew I was onto a winner here when I began to seriously worry about Avery and JaneSome scenes were exuisitely written view spoiler the death of Perceval and Myddelton's reaction was almost too painful to read hide spoiler


  6. A (Is For Awkward) A (Is For Awkward) says:

    This was a very dense historical romance with problems in being accessible at times but was still very good for the most part I have been meaning to read it for over a year now but for some reason kept forgetting to get around to itThis book was centered around two characters forced into an arranged marriage that neither of them knew about until only days before the marriage had to take place the 1st of May was the deadline and how over the course of the month the relationship and how each approached it unfoldedAs much as I liked the amount of information compressed into the book it suffered at times from the authors attempts to fit the book into a very specific timeline largely taking place as the title says in May 1812 with all the major events as well as the mundane of the day to day The biggest problem came from the balancing act the author attempted between the romance plot and the historical details especially in the war efforts and political arena because sometimes the news and politics interspersed throughout interfered with the flow of the overall plot and sometimes the plot interfered with the attempted setting Much of this I think was due simply to the length of the book because while already a bit above average in length for historical romances in this case I think the book deserved to be longer simply to properly explore the large scale ramifications of day to day life in London for example after the assassination of the prime minister Regarding the romance plot itself the biggest flaw in the plot was that it especially near the end ultimately hinged on the possibility of an annulment which this marriage would never have ualified for even though it was treated by everyone as though it were a possibility It may be reasonable to assume that this was an accurate portrayal in terms of how the average person saw the issues but I it felt very unlikely that everyone involved would have made that mistake Had this been a generic historical regency fluff romance it wouldn't have been such a glaring problem for me simply because I would be holding it to a lesser standard of historical accuracy than here where the author clearly went to a great deal of trouble to research a great many details of the climate during the timeline surrounding the assassination of the prime minister Apart from the problems above it also suffered a few missing word typos scattered throughout but not so many as to be a distracting problem It also suffered from a hero who was at times an irrationally jealous asshat or as he put it asshead and a heroine who was unrealistically given the circumstances forgiving at times But I enjoyed it for all that


  7. David David says:

    I usually read nautical books set in the age of sail but on vacation I thought I'd have a change of pace and give this one a try It is essentially a romance unsurprisingly from the title set in the short period of May 1812The principal characters are thrust together but despite a seemingly endless series of fateful misunderstandings which seem destined to seperate them romance blossoms The principal character is a peer on the fringes of government and it was interesting to read what might be described as the 'ballroom diplomacy' of the timeThis is a long book but despite that the fast paced continual twists and turns of the plot made it hard to put down and I certainly recommend it


  8. Sj Heckscher-Marquis Sj Heckscher-Marquis says:

    History fiction as history fiction should be A wealth of period detail that makes you feel as though you are experiencing this first hand A gripping and absorbing story As crime thrillers were redefined by such writers as James Ellroy and Lawrence Block so MMBennetts rescues the historical Regency period from poke bonnets and simpering tea parties Examining the home front in time of war based around the murder of the Prime Minister Spencer Percival; and the fear that the French would soon invade Myddleton seeks answers in the coded French despatches


  9. Doreen Doreen says:

    As the title suggests this book covers just over one month in 1812 It's also a long book but in my opinion not a page too longThe Earl of Myddelton finds out that he was betrothed to a girl by his father years ago before said parent's untimely death Now he must marry within a few days At the same time he's involved in work for the Foreign Office translating and decoding all hours of the day and night At the same time in the wider world this is the month the Prime Minister Sir Spencer Percival is assassinated and Napoleon embarks on his ill fated invasion of RussiaThe two stories public and political private and intimate wind around each other The hero and heroine must somehow come to terms amidst all the distractions deal with some nasty gossip and spend enough time together in order to fall in loveThe characters are well done understandable and likeable including the secondary characters There is one seuel published and I hope will follow to tell their stories Edited 1 September 2014I re read this after the sad news of the author's death last week All I can add is that I wish I could write like this


  10. Cecilia Fontenelle Cecilia Fontenelle says:

    I really enjoyed this book although when I downloaded it I did not realise it was really a romance It is a very long book but does not seem so as each character and situation is well thought out and allowed to develop in an unhurried way The author deftly plots the characters through several twists turns and about facesThe author has a good command of the language and social and military history of the time indeed the book is set against the backdrop of the assassination of the Prime Minister Sir Spencer Perceval in May 1812I highly recommend May 1812 to those of you who enjoy a well written historical romance but has much to recommend it as a study of social s of the time


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May 1812 [Reading] ➱ May 1812 ➹ M.M. Bennetts – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 1812 Europe has been at war for twenty years Britain stands alone against the greatest threat to peace the world has ever known at daily risk of a French invasion and revolution In London a handful of Europe has been at war for twenty years Britain stands alone against the greatest threat to peace the world has ever known at daily risk of a French invasion and revolution In London a handful of men struggle to protect their country and maintain the war effort Among them the Earl of Myddelton code breaker to the Foreign Office strives to crack the most difficult French code yet—the Grand Chiffre—before still men die on the battlefields of EuropeThen on May the unthinkable happens The Prime Minister is assassinated Amid widespread panic and fear of a French conspiracy the government fallsFrom the ballrooms of London to the backstreets of power to the death in waiting coast of enemy France Myddelton is drawn inexorably into the deepening crisis—his private life unravelling all the while as misunderstandings gossip and spite mar his marriage and threaten to destroy his career.

10 thoughts on “May 1812

  1. Steelwhisper Steelwhisper says:

    This book frustrated me and it also made me angry at times because it could have been a 4 or even 5 instead of the 25 I give itI absolutely adored most of the author's voice it read like contemporary of the Regency period and was uite clearly very well researched in most parts There has to have been truly intense linguistic research into the period and I did not doubt for a second that all the historical data were on the spot and even well understood too I loved the uncommon length of it for a Regency romance I loved the fact that the male main character actually had a profession and I adored that this depicted an arranged marriage in exactly such matter of fact way as it would have taken place at the time I loved all the bits about the Napoleonic wars and France and wished there had been uite a lot of thatWith which we come to what I didn't like not at all actually and to what the reasons are why I do not give a book with such a mindbogglingly wonderful Regency voice the 5 it ought to haveYou'd have to do some very fast talking to convince me that a barely 18 year old virgin of upper middleclass origins in England and in 1812 has full knowledge of what takes place during a wedding night Here's what Jonathan Gathorne Hardy recounts of his grandmother I can remember my grandmother who was married in 1899 describing to me how on her wedding day her mother drew her aside and said There's just one thing I must tell you Dorothy Remember whatever Gathorne does to you is right That's 80 years later Except for sources which refer to usually already married women of the high aristocracy there is uite simply no clue or hint which would support that virginal girls at the time were aware of the hard biological facts or directly the basic plumbing and what it does Yet either out of the wish for retroactive political correctness or because of one single Freudian historian with Freud having long since found to be in error multiple times whose theories are not exactly universally lauded recently and romance authors describe their heroines as knowledgeable even those who are very young and virginalAs a result one of the most organic possibilities for conflict gets thrown out of the window I might just have accepted if now instead the author chooses the Napoleonic wars as a source of conflict including maybe the dejection of the two unwilling parties But alas Not so By the way I also fail to believe in a husband of the era who refrains from consummation for weeks on endInstead we get the classic romance trope of the Big Misunderstanding indeed we get it several times an then again another time And it drags on and on and on At that point the book became unfortunately boring and plotwise ceased to be above Harleuin romances which have been doing just this all the past decadesThat was truly very disappointing Some further nitpicking Why would a British lord break out into Oh my America my newfound land my kingdom upon lifting the skirts of his uite British wife? Edit to clarify In 1812 we have the War of 1812 with the USA The USA has fought and won independence John Donne he of the poem referring to his Mistress in this way died 1631 barely 20 years after the colonisation of Northern America had begun Of course he waxes romantic about undiscovered countries belonging to the Kingdom then of course Myddleton is a totally different era and aware of the fact that America is now practically an enemy especially after Perceval was killed and Liverpool tried to smooth the waves with the USA As a diplomat and spy Myddleton would of course know about the impending enemities to happen but a fortnight later Why the hell should he wax romantic about a country about to open war on his own? He is educated enough to also know that Donne wrote his poem under totally different political conditions So these are entirely different things and I can't for the life of me believe that at a moment of sexual endeavour with his British wife he'd say something like that I find it than just outlandish It took me right out of that scene and came over as a major plothole I grasped that the author knew about the typical places and clubs famous within the ton I grasped it about Brummel I just would have preferred to have a tad less of the ton for once That were my hopes Unfortunately this did not followOn the wholeI wished I had been satisfied with this book I loved the voice I loved the authentic language I loved how offhandedly confident the author was about the historical facts but at the end of it I was sorely disappointed by the retconned heroine and the tired plot I will certainly watch out for books from the author but I hope she will become fully true to the era and seek out a individual storyETAIn hindsight I've decided to up this one star The recently written Regencies I read the obvious it becomes that despite its various deficiencies this is standing way about the general crowd So one star for thatETA after the ETAI read this yesterday the fourth time And I still adore it to bits This one is growing on you and that deserves the full monty

  2. Kathy Kathy says:

    This is either the third or fourth time i have read this Regency Romance It has been some years since I last read it and I know each time I will enjoy it even than the last timeI will catch up with the second book soon to close the circle and in memory of this wonderful author we lost to cancer in August of 2014 A great loss

  3. OLT OLT says:

    This book had been languishing forgotten on my Kindle for perhaps than a year when it came up in a cyber discussion and reminded me that I should give it a go It's worth the read but it is a mixed bag alternating between being interesting historical fiction about England's war efforts against Napoleon and being a rather tedious Regency romance in London's Upper Ten ThousandIt's obvious that the author is knowledgeable about the history of the period and supplies lots of detail about the political atmosphere within England and the threats outside The protagonist is Avery Earl of Myddelton a translator and code breaker working for the Foreign Office Through his day to day activities and interactions with real historical personages we get a real feel for the national unrest of the timesIt's only when the book turns to Myddelton's love life that things are a bit tedious The romance for someone like me who has read many a Regency romance in her day in particular through a teenage obsession with Georgette Heyer's work is very been there done that Life among the upper class is minutely detailed with fashion social activities references to customs architecture music the arts and people of the day such as Beau Brummell Almack's patronessesetc This I will admit could have been interesting if I hadn't already read too much Regency fictionThe romance itself has many overused tropes such as failures to communicate misunderstanding even that ubiuitous evil other woman thrown into the mix but in spite of this I still found myself rooting for the hero and heroine to reach a happy point in their relationship That means the author did a good enough job in their characterizations even though Myddelton was a bit erratic in his behavior to his new wifeAll in all this is a pleasant period piece that seems to be authentic depiction of life and speech as it was then One minor point I had an issue with is the heroine's uncle's threat to annul her marriage to Myddelton It's my understanding that in the 1800s mere non consummation was not a legitimate reason for an annulment unless impotence could be proven

  4. Linda Linda says:

    This ambitious novel takes place during the Napoleonic Period and is exuisitely steeped in detail that can only be written by someone who knows their subject well Reminiscent of Austin and Burney Bennetts creates complex characters and successfully combines the intricacies of their personal relationships with the political intrigue of the larger world

  5. Joan Joan says:

    I read this in two days rather a long time for me and I am going to start re reading it probably tonight It's a fabulous novel the writing drawing me into the era with its elegance and mannerisms and dictates I knew I was onto a winner here when I began to seriously worry about Avery and JaneSome scenes were exuisitely written view spoiler the death of Perceval and Myddelton's reaction was almost too painful to read hide spoiler

  6. A (Is For Awkward) A (Is For Awkward) says:

    This was a very dense historical romance with problems in being accessible at times but was still very good for the most part I have been meaning to read it for over a year now but for some reason kept forgetting to get around to itThis book was centered around two characters forced into an arranged marriage that neither of them knew about until only days before the marriage had to take place the 1st of May was the deadline and how over the course of the month the relationship and how each approached it unfoldedAs much as I liked the amount of information compressed into the book it suffered at times from the authors attempts to fit the book into a very specific timeline largely taking place as the title says in May 1812 with all the major events as well as the mundane of the day to day The biggest problem came from the balancing act the author attempted between the romance plot and the historical details especially in the war efforts and political arena because sometimes the news and politics interspersed throughout interfered with the flow of the overall plot and sometimes the plot interfered with the attempted setting Much of this I think was due simply to the length of the book because while already a bit above average in length for historical romances in this case I think the book deserved to be longer simply to properly explore the large scale ramifications of day to day life in London for example after the assassination of the prime minister Regarding the romance plot itself the biggest flaw in the plot was that it especially near the end ultimately hinged on the possibility of an annulment which this marriage would never have ualified for even though it was treated by everyone as though it were a possibility It may be reasonable to assume that this was an accurate portrayal in terms of how the average person saw the issues but I it felt very unlikely that everyone involved would have made that mistake Had this been a generic historical regency fluff romance it wouldn't have been such a glaring problem for me simply because I would be holding it to a lesser standard of historical accuracy than here where the author clearly went to a great deal of trouble to research a great many details of the climate during the timeline surrounding the assassination of the prime minister Apart from the problems above it also suffered a few missing word typos scattered throughout but not so many as to be a distracting problem It also suffered from a hero who was at times an irrationally jealous asshat or as he put it asshead and a heroine who was unrealistically given the circumstances forgiving at times But I enjoyed it for all that

  7. David David says:

    I usually read nautical books set in the age of sail but on vacation I thought I'd have a change of pace and give this one a try It is essentially a romance unsurprisingly from the title set in the short period of May 1812The principal characters are thrust together but despite a seemingly endless series of fateful misunderstandings which seem destined to seperate them romance blossoms The principal character is a peer on the fringes of government and it was interesting to read what might be described as the 'ballroom diplomacy' of the timeThis is a long book but despite that the fast paced continual twists and turns of the plot made it hard to put down and I certainly recommend it

  8. Sj Heckscher-Marquis Sj Heckscher-Marquis says:

    History fiction as history fiction should be A wealth of period detail that makes you feel as though you are experiencing this first hand A gripping and absorbing story As crime thrillers were redefined by such writers as James Ellroy and Lawrence Block so MMBennetts rescues the historical Regency period from poke bonnets and simpering tea parties Examining the home front in time of war based around the murder of the Prime Minister Spencer Percival; and the fear that the French would soon invade Myddleton seeks answers in the coded French despatches

  9. Doreen Doreen says:

    As the title suggests this book covers just over one month in 1812 It's also a long book but in my opinion not a page too longThe Earl of Myddelton finds out that he was betrothed to a girl by his father years ago before said parent's untimely death Now he must marry within a few days At the same time he's involved in work for the Foreign Office translating and decoding all hours of the day and night At the same time in the wider world this is the month the Prime Minister Sir Spencer Percival is assassinated and Napoleon embarks on his ill fated invasion of RussiaThe two stories public and political private and intimate wind around each other The hero and heroine must somehow come to terms amidst all the distractions deal with some nasty gossip and spend enough time together in order to fall in loveThe characters are well done understandable and likeable including the secondary characters There is one seuel published and I hope will follow to tell their stories Edited 1 September 2014I re read this after the sad news of the author's death last week All I can add is that I wish I could write like this

  10. Cecilia Fontenelle Cecilia Fontenelle says:

    I really enjoyed this book although when I downloaded it I did not realise it was really a romance It is a very long book but does not seem so as each character and situation is well thought out and allowed to develop in an unhurried way The author deftly plots the characters through several twists turns and about facesThe author has a good command of the language and social and military history of the time indeed the book is set against the backdrop of the assassination of the Prime Minister Sir Spencer Perceval in May 1812I highly recommend May 1812 to those of you who enjoy a well written historical romance but has much to recommend it as a study of social s of the time

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