This is a story of adventure, daring and love. And who could be more entrancing than the gloriously beautiful, proud, unpredictable heroine? But I lost my heart to handsome, brave, honest Barnabas. I know you too will adore the man who thought he had lost the fight for his heart's desire... only to find, in the last round, he had won!...
|Title||:||The Amateur Gentleman|
|Format Type||:||Mass Market Paperback|
|Number of Pages||:||247 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Amateur Gentleman Reviews
I ran across this book while I was in college and it is a favorite book of mine. It takes place in the 18th. Century and is about a young man who inherits a fortune from his Mother's estate. Barnabas decides he will become a gentleman. His Father, who used to be a fighter, keeps telling him that he cannot turn a "sow's ear into a silk purse." Thus begins Barnabas' adventures to prove his father's words wrong. A wonderful story! I am glad that I finally found a copy of the book.
This is a regency comedy romance. It has a lot of the plot devices which I normally hate (e.g. fantastic coincidences and it's sentimental in places). However Jeffery Farnol obviously had his tongue in his cheek the whole time he was writing this so they made me laugh rather than annoying me. Actually I think he was parodying the romance literature of the late 19th/early 20th century but I haven't read enough of that literature to be sure. His chapter headings make it clear that he didn't take the book at all seriously and he was having a laugh with the reader. I was recommended his books because I like Georgette Heyer's books and he is credited with creating the regency romance genre along with her. I think Georgette Heyer is more accessible for todays readers (which is probably why she is still popular) but if any GH fans want to try his books I think it's worth it if you can get them easily and cheaply (some have been re-printed recently). Watch out though he writes swashbucklers along with the regency romances so check the synopsis.
I tried this book due to a listopia blog on this site wherein a variety of people were recommending authors and books that people who appreciated the writing of Georgette Heyer might enjoy. That was not my purpose nor the origin of my search. I was searching for books "like" those written by Kate Ross as I really liked her Julien Kestrel mystery series set in Regency-era England. Kate Ross lived a short life and only wrote four books.I won't try another Farnol book -- very melodramatic. His writing does not compare to Heyer's.How I managed to finish this book, I am not sure.My conclusion: Kate Ross was a brilliant and unique star of a writer. If anyone reads this and knows of another writer who gathers a brilliant group of friends who solve mysteries from either Oxford, Cambridge or even Edinburgh please whisper in my ear. Thanks!
4.5 stars. Regency setting. I enjoy reading Regency books and I enjoyed reading this one through a man's perspective.
Farnol is pretty good at keeping the story going. And when it does drag a bit, he's nice enough in the chapter title to advise the reader they can skip this one. I've found he's usually right.
For many years, I have loved Barbara Cartland. Her books are so entertaining and sweet. I rated them all 4 Star because I could not remember everyone, BUT I can remember always wanting another just as soon as that one was over. Her books are simplistic, easy to read, FUN, romantic, full of history and just good. They are what they are. If you are looking for long, drawn out happy hours of reading, you need to look elsewhere. These book are short but very satisfying.
My second Farnol novel and I would say I'm becoming a fan. His books are very reminiscent of what I love about Georgette Heyer's novels but with a bit more grit, a darker underbelly to them.
It was a tad too long. Other than that I liked it very well.
another favorite, just love the storyline but its a heavy read with all the accents.