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Reforming Harriet*

Stilted Language and Extreme Characters

I am a great lover of Regency romance, sometimes reading several in a day. I found this book to be off-putting right away. Within the first chapter, the author used several words completely wrong, and beyond that, the language was exceedingly stilted, as if she were trying to affect a heightened level of historical speech (as we like to see in historical romance) but missing the mark and sounding not remotely like true human speech. I thought the characterization was just odd. Both the hero and the heroine seem to be extreme people, like no one you would ever meet. Characters have to be relatable and believable, and these were neither. There were some bizarre hijinks throughout the book as well. It didn’t feel cohesive, like there was a master plot or plan. I just didn’t like it.

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