I don't know if I've ever mentioned why I sometimes review novels published a decade or more ago. Well, firstly, it's because I don't want to limit myself to read only the recently published novels (just because something's new doesn't mean it's better). But the other reason is that the books I'm normally writing are, at that time, newly published in Croatia. So it's the first time for Croatian readers to hear about the book or have the opportunity to read it.
That goes for Miss Wonderful too. It was originally published in 2004. as the first part of Carsington Brothers book series (followed by Mr.Impossible, Lord Perfect, Not quite a Lady and Last Night's Scandal)
Alastair Carsington falls in love easily, and the main problem is that normally he's the only one that feels it. He's ready to prove his feelings in every way the lady wants him to and that gets him in trouble every single time.
That's why he finds himself in Derbyshire, in the middle of nowhere.
He went there (and not willingly) to take care of a business, but then he met miss Mirabel, his own miss Wonderful. Alastair fell in love immediately but soon realized that love was meant to fail.
It happened that Mirabel was trying hard to get rid of him and his plans, and if she succeeded, his brothers are the ones that would be suffering the consequences.
In the middle of all of that, who has time to think about love?
This is the first novel ever that showed me another kind of male character: one that cares deeply about fashion and almost feels physical pain when he sees somebody going against established rules in clothing. It's, of course, a coping mechanism that allows him to deal with his other imperfections, but still...it's refreshing. The son of the third Earl of Hargate is quite interesting, actually. Unlike other male characters in this kind of novels, Alastair has no problems admitting he falls in love, and he does it regularly. When did you last read about that kind of a man? This will, for sure, make you remember him.
Miss Wonderful is nothing but a lady faced with a younger man, experienced in some things, and a total amateur in another. He's protected by his title and she's inspired by her lifelong experience. While he was enjoying himself in the past, she was working hard.
But both of them lived through their fair share of troubles, and the only thing they can do is try to do right by those they love.
I do have a few question, tho. Why is Mirabel miss wonderful if Alaistar was the one to change so completely? Is it possible that's exactly the reason why? She made him want to become the best version of himself?
But, then, why didn't I feel the spark between them? I didn't even notice their romance develop and the first moment of their intimacy felt so odd, like it came out of nowhere. I think this book lacks a sense of humor and any kind of excitement. I hope for a little less conversation and a little more action next time.
What do you say?
Here you can find this review in Croatian.