Enlightening Delilah, Paperback

Enlightening Delilah Paperback

Part of the School for Manners series

2 out of 5 (1 rating)


'If you have a Wild, Unruly, or Undisciplined Daugher, two Ladies of Genteel Birth offer to Bring Out said Daughter and Refine what may have seemed Unrefinable. We can make the Best of the Worst' When Amy and Effie Tribble, two charming but impoverished spinster sisters, lose out on an inheritance, they place this advertisement in The Morning Post and hire themselves out as professional chaperones. Vowing to prepare even the most difficult misses for marriage, the Tribble sisters will spend a London season on each client, educating them in their School for Manners. Stunningly beautiful, the dazzling Delilah has had plenty of marriage proposals but having once been spurned by Sir Charles Digby, the only man she has ever loved, she is now a hardened heartbreaker who toys with all her suitors. And so it is up to the eccentric Tribble sisters to teach her the meaning of true love again.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Romance
  • ISBN: 9781780333144



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You can certainly have too much of a good thing. In the space of three short novels, I'm already stalled of M.C. Beaton's School for Manners series, which morphs more and more into Georgette Heyer with each heroine. Felicity I loved, Fiona I found amusing, but the practically perfect Delilah and her moody suitor I could well have done without.Also, Beaton stretches a joke too far - the Tribble sisters are unbelievable caricatures, with emotional Effy and foul-mouthed Amy, and the 'wild, unruly or undisciplined daughters' they take on are basically Heyeroines in disguise. I was amused by Amy's advice to Delilah that 'beautiful people should not flirt' (they don't need to), but Sir Charles Digby is decidedly unappealing: 'You <i>will</i> marry me. If I thought for a moment you would ever kiss another man in the way you kiss me, then I would kill you', he tells her, after repeatedly 'punishing' her with kisses. Mills and Boon readers might go for tall, dark and angry, but I prefer Mr Knightley's old fashioned manners and respect over dominance and abuse. Also, would a gentleman really comment on a lady's virginity, or talk about rape, so bluntly? Not even Heyer went that far in 'modernising' the Regency era.Sadly, the magic has worn off. I still recommend the first novel, <i>Refining Felicity</i>, as an introduction to the Regency genre, but I won't be completing the set, sorry to say.

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