A Ruling Passion

A Ruling Passion A Witty And Romantic Novel Of Regency Love, Family And Appalling Scandal, From A Latter Day Jane AustenWhen Their Strait Laced, Domineering Father, Sir Clement Carnell, Dies, Valentine Throws Open Their Devonshire Estate Of Pennacombe To Their Fashionable Cousins From London And Louisa Feels Free At Last To Reject The Man Sir Clement Wanted Her To MarrySoon, The Temptations Of Regency London Beckon, Including The Beautiful, Scandalous, And Very Married Lady Harriet Eversholt, With Whom Valentine Becomes Dangerously Involved Meanwhile, Louisa Finds That Freedom Of Choice Is As Daunting As It Is Exciting Will The Opportunity To Indulge In A Little Folly Lead To Fulfillment Or Disaster A Little Folly Is A Novel To Make Jane Austen Proud And Georgette Heyer Envious An Acclaimed Author Of Historical Fiction, Jude Morgan Weaves Together The Very Best Of Regency Era Writing With Refreshingly Original Characters, An Intriguing Plot, And An Elegantly Ironic Style RT Book Reviews On Indiscretion In This Exciting New Novel, Morgan Delivers A Story That, Yet Again, Will Bring Cheers From Critics And Readers Alike

Jude Morgan was born and brought up in Peterborough on the edge of the Fens and was a student on the University of East Anglia MA Course in Creative Writing under Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter.A pseudonym used by

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  • Hardcover
  • 416 pages
  • A Ruling Passion
  • Jude Morgan
  • English
  • 15 September 2019
  • 9781250022271

10 thoughts on “A Ruling Passion

  1. says:

    This review originally appeared on my blog Shoulda Coulda Woulda Books.I don t have a good track record with Austen pastiches And it s gotten worse as time has gone on At first it was kind of fun to go for the Austen, but with all the sexy bits you wished were there , but that got old fast As did the people who basically just borrowed her world and characters as a selling point and then proceeded to write novels based on each of the minor characters that seemed to have little or nothing to do with the actual books Look, I love a change in perspective as much as anyone The Affair is one of my favorite shows, and I loved Wicked like all of you when I was a pre teen girl, but I will need it to be a bit related to the original text so it, you know, says something about it Also, after the initial half smile the concept of Austen and zombies induced in me, I was kind of over it Did anyone else think that whole thing was better suited to be a viral SNL sketch idea rather than a whole book Never mind a whole series of them on the same topic I think we pretty much get the joke by page ten what else are you doing for the other two hundred pages to keep me reading And I really didn t think that Jude Morgan was necessarily going to break my track record on this one I d read one book of his before, Passion, which focuses on the most famous Romantic poets and the women in their lives, and while I liked a lot of it, it was definitely uneven and I wished that it had been better I was expecting of the same here.And while it wasn t a universal denial of my expectations, this was much better than I thought My hat is absolutely off to Morgan with his handling of the narrative voice in this novel His opening monologue and every interstital one sounded confidently Heyer or Austen like, with the same dry wit and inisghtful observational tone that reassures the audience that we re in the hands of someone who really knows what they re doing Some turns of phrase were truly well crafted and made me smile Morgan understands how to bite while maintaining a totally bland face and does it super well That was my absolute favorite part of the novel, and it never got less good I also really liked the idea of the plot itself that gave him a lot to work with two children who have been ruled over by their domineering father who have been finally set free to make their own decisions, and the probable consequences of that.I also thought that his focus was well and truly on character observation and moral decisions, which is in actuality what Austen is about, much though Hollywood would like to present you with windswept moors and Matthew McFayden and tell you otherwise I really appreciated that Morgan understood that and understood that that s what many of his readers keep hoping to find when they get Austen comparisons thrown at them about books, and rarely do He also drew a couple of minor characters very well the brother and sister team of Tom and Sophie was well, amusingly and pitilessly done, and they would have fit in every Heyer novel I ve ever read seamlessly.Unfortunately, while these are accomplishments enough in themselves, they raised expectations just high enough that I found myself disappointed with several other aspects of the novel I really think Morgan had a problem with pacing in this novel some sections took far, far too long, and some we didn t get near enough time with He skips over an entire period of mourning and adjustment in favor of getting to the main plot and while I get that, I also think we missed out on some things we should have seen He moved his main characters on far too quickly I also think that pacing really affected the resolution which again, took far too long after we discovered what the solution was going to be and then didn t provide the wrap up of the relationship that we were all looking for he set it up that it was going to be an Emma like chapters long thing where we would be satisfied with missing pieces, and then we never got that.I also thought that his rather obvious remixing of Austen characters and characteristics was kind of distracting I spent way too much time pinpointing the Darcy, the Knightley, the Lizzie, etc., and keeping a running list in my head of which characteristic was divvied up where in which character I think he intended to use it to subconsciously trick his readers into expecting one thing, when in fact a different thing was going to happen it was too much like a trick, and too obvious to work anyway I guessed really early on that I was being set up and I didn t like the sensation that I was distracted by that whole business to begin with can we get back to putting people in uncomfortable funny new interesting mundane situations and seeing how they react again Can we get back to discussing why and how people make decisions Reminds me a bit of the argument I see going on around the new Star Wars movie how much of a direct homage is too much of a good thing It s one thing to use the essence and the spirit of the thing it s another thing to wear the thing s pants and copy its hairstyle to make people like you I feel like there was a bit too much imitation rather than inspiration going on here.That said, I really do have to admit that this is one of the most successful Austen compared books that I ve read, and again, Morgan really does understand what was absolutely genius about Austen and Heyer, for that matter , and his ability to confidently put himself in those narrative shoes was pretty amazing And the fact that there wasn t even one sexy midnight rendezvous at Pemberley is immensely in its favor he s going some way to help Austen fans defend the fact that far too many people get her wrong.I look forward to reading another one of his soon I hear good things about Indiscretion so that s on my radar, along with An Accomplished Woman which seems like a Persuasion homage, so I want to see where that goes I ll see you at the next one

  2. says:

    What can I say It is Jude Morgan s Regency romance If you know and like Indiscretion my review or An Accomplished Woman my review you will like it too.The novel is witty, amusing, enjoyable There are plenty funny sentence and dialogues like in the above mentioned books and in Georgette Heyer s Regency romances Miss Rose in this demonstrating the peculiar talent of those who proclaim their absence of self esteem for getting a lot of attention by pretending they never get any I think there is a compliment there somewhere, but it is very well disguisedThere are plot twists I was really surprised a few times and for a very long time I wasn t sure how it would end up So, it was very engaging.And of course, there is another level of this book More philosophic, touching a human nature The influences of our childhood and youth cannot be underestimated, I believe those are the experiences that shape us, far beyond their immediate powerIn this Morgan s story, for example, we see how one who is deprived freedom for years, slowly learns what that freedom means Not only free to choice but also responsibility The characters aren t one dimensional and some of them change with time I really like it I still think that Indiscretion is the best of these three books, but An Accomplished Woman and A Little Folly are right behind And I am really sorry that Morgan hasn t written Regency romances for now But I hope, he will write .

  3. says:

    Very pleased with how this book went similar to Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, but with its own style and humor as well The characters are well drawn and realistic and there s plenty of surprises all the way.

  4. says:

    I spent the first several chapters of this book thinking What s the point of reading this when I could be reading Jane Austen Then something clicked Perhaps it was Morgan s clever turns of phrase She would not allow praises to go to her head but they might be allowed to reach as far as her eyes, which, when she saw herself reflected in the hall mirror as they left, certainly seemed uncommonly bright he lounged away in a cloud of pomade and exclamation marks Or perhaps his clear eyed description of trivial human failings Sophie and Tom treated her with great fondness and indulgence, reassuring themselves that she had not suffered a moment s loneliness without them, commiserating her small ailments, loading her with presents they had bought at Lyme, and generally according her every sort of attention, compatible with not really taking any notice of her Or his sharp tongue Is he not entrancing I could study him for hours It is not just the stupidity it is the thoroughness with which it is kept up To remember all that slang, and not deviate into normal language here and there to never say anything remotely interesting or thoughtful, even by accidental lapse this requires a special kind of talent I can only look on in fascination I think the high point of the evening was when he called me a ninnyhammer Or his metaphoric wisdom But she suspected that in many regards grown men, and women, did not grow up that the fresh susceptibility of youth still sent its green shoots through the hard stones of experience Anyway, I m hooked Pure Regency Fun.

  5. says:

    A lovely Regency romance novel, something I d particularly recommend to fans of Georgette Heyer Most books that can be labeled Austen lite are terrible, but Heyer pulled it off, and so does Morgan This is delightfully well written.It s lighter than Indiscretion and comedic My favorite secondary character is the spinster cousin determined to be neglected and uncomfortable Not that Miss Rose was any trouble indeed, it was the very aim and desire of her life not to be so, as she was constantly asserting An early attempt on the part of the Tresilians to acknowledge their relationship, and soften the sting of dependence by calling her Aunt, had been quite rejected by her aggressive humility The plot is utterly predictable, but that detracts not one whit from the pleasure of reading this My only real quibble is the abruptness of the ending I love the fact that the allusion to an embrace on the very last page is the most risqu scene in the book, but I wish there had been one happy chapter wrapping everything up neatly.

  6. says:

    I enjoyed this book immensely Any fans of witty, slow burning love stories like those by Austen and Heyer would agree.Jude Morgan s handle on the times Regency and most importantly, the vocabulary, of the great English classics is superb The language makes the story clever and beautiful and obviously written by a master and not a dabbler.

  7. says:

    If you like Jane Austen and or Georgette Heyer, this is the book for you.Personally, there was too much homage being paid to Austen in the form of characters, plot points, and dialogue If I wanted to read Pride and Prejudice, I would just read it, you know Still a good book, though.

  8. says:

    This is Jude Morgan s third novel written in the style of Jane Austen following INDISCRETION and AN ACCOMPLISHED WOMAN These three novels are light period pieces of social commentary on life in the 1800s All three are beautifully written and are especially appreciated by those readers like myself who wish that Jane Austen had written many novels in her lifetime I must say, however, that this novel, in particular, reads as if it had been a collaborative effort of Austen and Georgette Heyer if one of them had been able to time travel to be able to work with the other When the setting of the novel moves from Devonshire to London, we read lovely satire of the dandies, pretentious fops with their silly slang and outrageous style of dressing and supposedly sophisticated ennui, to be found there This is something to be encountered in a Heyer novel than in Austen s classics.For anyone who loves a great turn of phrase, this book and the two other Morgan novels mentioned above is not to be missed This novel is one to be read slowly and savored For example, our heroine Louisa has nothing but disdain for Pearce Lynley, the man her tyrannical father had chosen as her future husband This is beautifully shown to us in sentences like these The subject was plainly an uncomfortable one for Mr Lynley, and for that reason alone Louisa would gladly have seen it pursued but Valentine, disappointingly, changed it Or this comment by Louisa Just so you have now enumerated all Mr Lynley s attractions he could hardly have done it better himself, though I am sure he would be willing to try And I love this remark on Louisa and Valentine s fatuous cousin Tom Tom, once his coat tails were properly arranged, looked as if sitting and thinking of nothing were comfortably within his range of accomplishments The book is chock full of such little gems of commentary and is a delight to read.

  9. says:

    This is my first time reading Jude Morgan, although I have been aware of her work for a couple of years now Her work is considered to be in the vein of Jane Austen, although from an historical perspective and minus the sharp social commentary that marks Austen s novels I would compare her to Georgette Heyer, although without the farcical elements that Heyer employed so distinctively.Louisa Carnell and her brother, Valentine, were raised in Devonshire by their father, following the death of their mother Their father was a very rigid, controlling sort, scarcely letting his children out of his sight After his sudden, unexpected death, Louisa and Valentine feel quite like the proverbial bird let loose from its cage, and they decide to begin living, as they put it.The first opportunity to break free of their molds comes with a letter from their maternal cousins, Tom and Sophie Spedding, with whom their father refused to communicate or associate Before they can carry out their plan to go up to London, Louisa receives a marriage proposal from a neighbor, Pearce Lynley Her father had selected Mr Lynley as a husband for Louisa, and for that reason alone, she is prejudiced against him Moreover, Mr Lynley is himself rather proud and rigid I must confess that I thought Mr Lynley was comparable to Mr Darcy, and that Louisa would eventually realize she loved him I was wrong James Tresilian and his sister, Kate, are also neighbors of the Carnells They, too, go up to London to see the celebrations marking Bonaparte s defeat Valentine becomes entangled with a married woman, and Louisa is rather fascinated by Pearce Lynsey s younger brother, Francis, formerly an army officer Of course the main theme is who will match up with whom While I was wrong about Louisa and Pearce Lynley, I was quite satisfied with who she eventually ended up with.

  10. says:

    Most modern Regency romance authors make me cringe, and I usually have to put the novel down You want authentic Regency, JM does it best for a modern author You can t really beat the oldies As usual, his beautiful writing style is well done and doesn t fail to stay true to the time era, yet still being truly his own Highly recommend for Austen lovers.

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