The day after she finished filming, she was whisked to location shooting in Colorado to begin One Minute to Zero with Robert Mitchum, a tense Korean War drama in which she played a United Nations worker in the war zone. She would sign with her new studio, MGM, which brought a new twist to her film career—and a long-desired ambition—to sing in several big-budget musicals.
In the meantime, she ran out the clock on her U-I contract with several more radio appearances, publicity chores including a personal appearance tour of several military bases in Alaska , and the peak of her popularity surely typified by the book of paper dolls published by Merrill Publishing. As the film opens, we see by the graphic on a passing newspaper delivery truck that we are in a small town called Middleton, and so we know from the beginning this is an ordinary place of no great consequence.
I just crack myself up sometimes. After school, madder than a wet hen and spitting nails, Ann stomps back to church, smacks the chapel veil on her head, and has it out with Saint Anne like a very angry customer at a complaint department. More miracles happen. Not big miracles, maybe not miracles at all, but to a twelve-year old, getting all her work done on time and not being kept after school could seem pretty miraculous. The other girls at school have problems, too, and they ask Ann to put in a good for word for them. Her reputation is growing around town.
Grandpa solves the problem of them losing their home. He owns an empty lot across town, and decides they will move their beloved house to that lot. Shapiro, Saint Anne was the grandmother of Jesus. Pop tells her and her date that she must be home by , because the house movers are coming tonight—it being easier to move a house, apparently, when there is less traffic.
By the way, Bess Flowers shows up at the country club dance. Like you didn't know she would. In the wackiest part of the movie, the family is still in the house while the movers are dragging them to another part of town, but the house is their safe haven from a baffling world in which none of them fit in. We never do find out if Mr. A sad story indeed that we do not expect the outcome at the end of the novel. To conclude, although the plot itself sometimes seems a little long, I spent a good time with this first volume and I am curious to see what will result.
Aug 19, Suzanne Under the Covers Book blog rated it it was ok Shelves: heroine-plainjane-bluestocking , hero-virgin-or-inexperienced , genre-historical-romance. Aug 22, Booknut rated it really liked it Shelves: heartwarming , ballgowns-and-intrigue , heartbreak-and-loss , romance , mature-themes. Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosing—or fall unexpectedly, madly in love… Who doesn't love a good historical fiction novel?! The gowns, the gossip, the rogues, the romance - What to Do with a Duke has it all.
Including a feisty female protagonist and a duke who has no idea what he's gotten himself into The humour was one of the highlights for me. It was very Oscar Wilde-esque in nature. Here Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosing—or fall unexpectedly, madly in love… Who doesn't love a good historical fiction novel?!
Here a few of my favourite quotes: 1: "For God's sake, no one really believe in curses these days. The notion is laughable. He must move very quickly. Loves Bridge is small, but it's not that small.
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The story line and plot were good. Different than your typical HR book. The spinster house spinster at the age of 24 LOL. So funny when the women were firmly on the shelf at the age of The curse of the spinster house was i What a cute story and very good narration by Beverly Crick audible review This was a really cute story. The curse of the spinster house was interesting and different. This is my second Sally McKenzie book I didn't like the fist book of hers I tried and I might have to give her another chance and try another.
As for the narration, Beverly Crick is becoming a favorite of mine in the HR genre. The men sound like men and everyone gets their own distinct voice, whether they are old, young, uppity, a servant, kid etc. She should not do Scottish accents though, ever. She has a nice reading voice and continues to get better. What I demand from all historical romances is for both the romance and the setting to be believable.
When I went into this book, with the cute cover and hints at a curse, I figured this one might fall on the fluffy side of the spectrum the cat on the cover may have influenced this assumption. I was sadly mistaken. The characters seem so non-committal, not just with each other, but with upholding any of the values they claim to have.
She blames family for her difficulties with not being able to be the next great novelist, but the problem was really with the fact that she was not all that committed to doing it. Just like she apparently was not all that committed to being a spinster, despite preaching about it constantly. Unfortunately, the other half of this love story was hardly any better. Marcus is dreamy for all of a few minutes, until he started talking about his manhood… Which he proceeded to do all the time.
Every time the narration would switch to him, inevitably a thought would end with some note about what his cock wants. Literally everything always boiled back down to sex. Then there is the curse plot line, which I could suspend my belief and go with it for a while, but even that felt like it was poorly thought out. Though somehow, he has no problem with brothel women and the risk of impregnating any of them? It just seemed too convenient, too hastily put together. I was also bothered by the fact that, in order to I guess create some tension, Marcus had absolutely no interest in finding out the truth about the curse.
That alone basically undid all of the effort, all of the worry, all of the focus this character had on this family curse that has weighed so heavily on him for his entire life. It made absolutely no sense for his character. I hated Marcus. I almost put this book down after the first couple of chapters, but things picked up around the half way mark.
After one scene that actually made me chuckle with the eye brow waggling old ladies, I had hope that maybe the story would redeem itself with the added bit of comedy. I was disappointed that things started to go downhill again once the book attempted to flesh out the curse and develop the romance between Catherine and Marcus.
Catherine spends the entire novel preaching about never wanting to get trapped in a marriage and to never have children, then finds herself trapped. On a slightly random note, I also noticed at one point an expletive is used that I was fairly certain did not exist in the context that it was used during that time period. Disclaimer: Received a copy for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review Aug 26, Under the Covers Book Blog rated it it was ok.
Oct 26, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: books-read , romance , historical-romance. Good book. It begins with Marcus, the "Cursed Duke", nearly getting trapped by another fortune-hunting woman. He has been contemplating his life, admitting his loneliness, but also hampered by the family curse. One of his ancestors had gotten himself cursed, and as a result, every Duke of Hart since then had died before his heir was born.
He had decided to put off marriage for as long as possible, but now that he's turned thirty it is getting worse. When business calls him to Love's Bridge, he's Good book. When business calls him to Love's Bridge, he's glad for the distraction, but not so much about having to return to the birthplace of the curse. Cat is twenty-four years old and the oldest of the local vicar's ten children.
She has absolutely no desire to be married, seeing it as a trap that would be the death of her dreams. Cat wants to be a writer, but finding somewhere at home with the peace and quiet necessary is impossible. When she hears that the Spinster House is available, she is determined to gain it for herself. From the moment they meet, the sparks fly between Marcus and Cat. Both try really hard to resist them, as marriage isn't what either has in mind, but they can't stay away from each other. Cat's family and friends do their best to push them together, not believing that life as a spinster is truly what Cat wants.
Her youngest brothers, twins Michael and Thomas, are absolutely adorable with the way they took to "Dook". Cat's two friends, Anne and Jane, are also pushing her toward Marcus, though they also have ulterior motives. Each of them also wants to be the next resident of Spinster House. Cat's inner arguments with herself as she tries to convince herself that she does not want Marcus are pretty amusing.
Marcus is really attracted to Cat and finds himself thinking about her constantly. He begins to yearn more and more for a family of his own, but the curse prevents him from believing it is possible. Supposedly the curse can be broken if the duke were to marry for love, but Marcus doesn't believe that love really exists.
He's seen far too many matches made for profit, and even the ones that are supposedly for love fall apart. There was one surprising twist that softened that outlook just a little bit, enough to make a crack in his determination not to marry. In the end, certain circumstances brought them back together, and they had to decide if they were willing to take the risk.
I loved seeing how a certain kitty had a hand paw? I was looking forward to seeing the wedding and if the curse was broken or not, but that was left hanging. It will be interesting to see how the next two books are handled.
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