Lucinda Elliot
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Release Date
April 2014

Genre: Historical Romance Satire

For those who love a satire on the cliches of historical romance, which at the same time draws them into the adventure.

When the group of highwaymen, headed by the disgraced Earl Ravensdale hold up the hoydenish Isabella Murray's coach, she knocks one of them down and lectures them all on following Robin Hood's example. In fact, she has been long resisting the urge to escape from her parents' plans for her advantageous marriage and become one herself.

The rascally Reynaud Ravensdale – otherwise known as the dashing highwayman Mr Fox – is fascinated by her spirit.

He escaped abroad three years back when he fell under suspicion of shooting a friend dead after a quarrel. Rumour has it that his far more respectable cousin was involved. Now, having come back during his father's last illness, the young Earl has largely lost hope of clearing his name of murder, living as an outlaw as he is, and having sworn to protect someone else who was involved in the quarrel.

Isabella's ambitious parents are eager to marry her off to Ravensdale's cousin, the next in line to his title. The totally unromantic Isabella is even ready to elope with her outlaw admirer to escape this fate – on condition that he teaches her how to be a highwaywoman herself.

This hilarious spoof uses vivid characters and lively comedy to bring new life to a theme traditionally favoured by historical novelists – that of the wild young Earl, who, falsely accused of murder by the machinations of a conniving cousin and prejudged by his reputation, takes up life as an outlaw.

‘Ravensdale' is a fast paced, funny and light hearted read from the writer of ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois', and follows the adventures of Émile Dubois' equally roguish cousin just prior to the outbreak of the French Revolutionary Wars. It can be read as an independent novel.

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Jul 19, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
45 people found the following review helpful
I finished this story a few days ago but having a bit of trouble writing this review because I haven't stopped giggling. RAVENSDALE is very much satire, and not only of historical romance. I winced more than a few times at some of the intended clichés because they've also surfaced in stories of some of my favorite authors. So much so, reading this story was a bit like rewatching a favorite TV show or movie that you've seen dozens of times but have to stop what you're doing to watch it when it comes on TV. The clichés are a bit like warm bedfellows wrapped up in a historical romance.

Underneath it all, there is a romance but the satire is so cleverly woven into every aspect of the story that you'll feel as though you've read it before even though it may be your first time. It is also an adventure with highwaymen, wannabe Robin Hood (in theory), a fight not to be drawn into a marriage of monetary convenience, bit of suspense, bit of theatrics, and yes, as a reminder, a romance. The characters come alive under Ms. Elliot's crafty satire making this an engaging comedy that will have you quickly tapping those pages.
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