summary ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Maya RodaleErtain words Good Girl Good Writing Girl A Look There are several phrases like that that are capitalized throughout the book Again that techniue works like when the author refers to Old Annabelle and New Annabelle but only when done sparingly Similarly there are certain phrases and words that are repeated over and over On the same page There s no excuse for that It makes the writing feel lazy and puts the author s power over language in uestion as readers wonder Doesn t she know any other way to say that Seriously if I have to read plant a facer one time I m going to punch someone in the nose Which is an alternative way of saying plant a facer Alternative phrasing is a good thingAlso the phrases used throughout the book are rather trite They re standard Cheesy Romance Novel fare You expect those words and phrases to pop up in romance novels It s the truly good romance novels where the same ideas are expressed in new inventive metaphors and phrasing Also Annabelle refers to her vagina and clitoris as there Like she s freaking Bella Swann from Twilight Ugh As far as the sex scenes go this is usually of interest to romance readers who are often appalled to learn that a romance novel has not one intimate scene beyond a kiss there is one There is one full length sex scene that is rather short and to the point down to business as it were predictable and no pretty moving language and a couple allusions to love scenes While reading that particular scene I couldn t help but think back on a phrase my writing teacher in college would often employ Show don t tell I often felt that Rodale relied too much on tell and not nearly enough on showAnother concern was the dialogue The characters repeat each other s names too often When Knightly converses with Annabelle it s not unusual that every sentence that leaves his mouth ends in her name It makes the dialogue feel stilted clumsy and unrealistic Because who talks like thatAnother minor peeve of mine freuent use of exclamation points It makes the writing feel uvenile and overly sentimental sometimes even melodramatic Exclamation points should be used sparinglyFrom a technical standpoint I loved the use of the little excerpts from various London newspapers at the start of each chapter as a framing device but on the first read it was confusing This is partly my fault because this is the first Rodale I ve ever read But on the second read I enjoyed the little blurbs a lot I d suggest though that when the blurb is from Annabelle s column to replace Dear Annabelle with Dear Annabelle s Advice Column or something of that nature The letters that Annabelle gets also start with Dear Annabelle and to a new reader reading the first time it gets confusing in terms of figuring out Pip Sueak Saves the Day Medici Books for Children just whose voice is framing the start of the new chapter Annabelle s or a readers This is a minor change that would greatly clarify thingsBut they really are adorable little blurbsDear Annabelle We the undersigned think the Nodcock does not deserve you Nevertheless we wish that he would come to his senses and love youPenelope from Piccadilly and two hundred additional signaturesThere are also some plot points in the novel that don t make sense or aren t as flattering as they seem to hope to be For one thing Derek has a theatre critic but his paper never publishes a single bad review of any of his mother s plays That might seem like a doting son but at the same time it s kind of irritating Especially when Derek is all about publishing anything even if it makes people look bad if it can be supported This problem is exacerbated when he later announces that not one bad word should be printed about Lady Lydia The fact that his staff is angry with him helps illustrate that this is not acceptable but at the same time it s not the only time Derek has employed such censorship case in point his mother s reviews Another point that bothered me was that all of London seemed to be on Annabelle s side rooting for her and then telling her the Nodcock didn t deserve her and she should find someone better and basically championing her cause every step of the way because they had fallen in love with her through her column over the years And of the way because they had fallen in love with her through her column over years And later she gets hate mail and the author makes it seem like there s a lot of it This is right after it s said that young maidens have taken to pinning pink roses to their dresses to support Annabelle and later Derek s own friends tell him that if he hurts Annabelle all of London will basically be clamoring for his head on a pike I kept thinking make up your mind Do they love her Or do they send her a ton of hate mail Have they turned on her completely Have only some And if only some had turned on Annabelle it would have been funny to learn of heated conversationsarguments in ballrooms across London over whether Annabelle was someone to sympathize with or disdain for her blunders view spoilerAnother point was that in the Dear Annabelle column that Derek wrote he said he wanted to spend a lifetime together That wasn t an outright marriage proposal it didn t seem and in fact the language seemed to mirror his early not uite proposal to Annabelle where he suggested she become his mistress And yet Annabelle interprets this column with its similar language to be a marriage proposal It would have been nice if the column was reworded slightly to include an explicit mention of marriageust to differentiate it from the earlier proposition hide spoiler What a disappointing end to a guilty pleasure series If you ve read the others you already know about or don t care about Rodale s handling of the era and the fantastical setup of the newspaper You also know about Annabelle and Knightly because that s been going on from the start I wasn t exactly looking forward to the resolution but I finally took the time to track the book down and give it a shot Sadly Because pretty much any story I could come up with in my head would have been betterI had a tough time with Annabelle as I don t have a lot of sympathy for doormats It s one thing to face desperate circumstances or to fight long odds but Annabelle is Dragonsbane just coasting along with an awful brother and his wife working hard to please the unpleasable Since she has a payingob at the newspaper you have to think she could easily have left the people taking obvious and repeated advantage of her but no She d rather be with family who actively abuse her emotionally than strike out on her own and since she isn t noble and has no reputation to protect you can t even excuse it on account of maintaining face Since that trait coasting along and never making a fuss characterizes all of her relationships including friends and her yearning for the driven Mr Knightly she came across as determinedly one note without the gumption of a turnipIt doesn t help that Knightly goes from hopelessly clueless to outrageously stupid It was bad enough when he simply didn t notice Annabelle It was far worse in the last uarter of the novel or so view spoilerwhen he decided that the best way to express his love for Annabelle was by mirroring the stratagems she had used to get him to notice her as if his problem was Annabelle noticing him which it completely never was and never would be hide spoiler Buddy read with LaceyHow far does one go for loveMiss Annabelle Swift has been in love with Derek Knightly newspaper owner and her employer for three years seven months and two days but to her dismay he has never noticed her At her wits end she asks the readers of her advice column for advice on how to get The Nodcock to notice Lowered bodies lingering touches smoldering looks fainting into his waiting arms she will do whatever it takes to finally get the attention of the man she lovesThrow the bastard out he doesn t belong hereDerek Knightly has never forgotten the humiliating moment when he was thrown out of his father s funeral because the family didn t want their husband and father s love child with an actress around Desperat. Y writer But suddenly she's exuisite and he can't get Annabelle out of his mind She must be pursuing someone but who For some inexplicable reason the thought of her with another man makes Knightly insanely ealous. Essing character who determines to get out there and change her life rather than ust submitting to fate and sitting in the shadows And while it s true that for the hero to suddenly notice the better dresses and nicer hairstyles when he s never really noticed the person underneath doesn t speak particularly well of him Annabelle is savvy enough to know she s got to start somewhere And as Knightly and others including a handsome young aristocrat begin to take notice of her Annabelle s confidence grows and she emerges from her shell It s that which ultimately captures Knightly s attention which is why I can live with the initial shallowness of his suddenly noticing she s nice to look atYou can read the rest of this review at AudioGals Annabelle Swift is Writing Girl 4 a cute little gimmick thought up by newspaper tycoon Derek Knightley who happens to be the illegitimate older son of a late Earl whose ton family understandably despises him Derek is nothing if not a savvy newspaperman and one of his cardinals rules is that scandal euals sales Girls writing is scandalous girls chasing down stories writing the stories down in their own words with their own uniue voice and being paid for their endeavors is not something of the norm in early nineteenth century London And Derek is on the right track because London eats up these girls columns especially Dear Annabelle an advice column penned by our heroineDear Annabelle Annabelle Swift has been in love with Derek Knightley for a little than three years We re not precisely told in any convincing manner why she loves him ust that it was love at first sight I m not a big fan of love at first sight I will buy it only if it later develops into something real based on conversations between the hero and heroine or conversations that are overheard by either the hero or heroine depending on who is unreuitedly in love Annabelle loves Derek Annabelle loves Derek Annabelle LOVES Derek It is drummed into our heads over and over She loves him because he s handsome She loves him because he leans against walls and doors Seriously it was constantly mentioned that he was leaning on things I worried that maybe he bruised his hip bones with all that leaning He s intense especially when it comes to the newspaper he loves so dearly But Derek has never once noticed herThis is because Derek has a lot on his plate The illegitimate son of an earl who was kicked out of his father s funeral when he stormed in uninvited Derek has a serious inferiority complex in that regard He s young and handsome and wealthy and his word carries weight but none of this is enough Derek longs for a place in society among the ton He knows his only option is to marry into the aristocracy this is the only way for him to oin White s for him to be invited to balls for him to constantly run into his legitimate half brother and have the younger man be forced to acknowledge him in public His life is the newspaper the London Weekly and he has no time for anything else not even women and certainly not sweet shy spinster ish Annabelle who sighs whenever he enters the room and blushes fiercely whenever he looks at her or speaks to herAfter almost four years of pining away for this oblivious man Annabelle decides to use her advice column for her own needs She pens a column confessing to London that she is in love with a clueless man a total nodcock and desperately wants to attract his attention and solicits advice The article is a hit and soon letters are coming in from all over the city advising Annabelle on how she may best snare the attentions and affections of the Nodcock as the object of her affections is dubbed Derek is thrilled with the increase in sales and entirely oblivious to the fact that he is the Nodcock though the entire newspaper staff has known for yearsExcerptKnightley turned his attention to Annabelle the uiet one My column this week has received letters than any other she said softly She held his gaze for a uick second before looking down at the thick stack of correspondence on the table and a sack on the floor at her feet He wracked his brain but couldn t remember what she had submitted oh it had been late so he uickly reviewed it for errors of grammar and spelling before rushing it straight to the printers Her work never reuired much by way of editing Not like the epics Grenville submitted or the libel Lady Roxbury often handed in Remind me the topic again he said Clearly it had resonated or the libel Lady Roxbury often handed in Remind me the topic again he said Clearly it had resonated the readers so he ought to be aware of *ItShe Blinked Her Big Blue * blinked her big blue a few times PerplexedThere was a beat of hard silence in the room Like he said something wrong So he gave the room A Look tinged with impatience to remind them that he was an extremely busy man and couldn t possibly be expected to remember the contents of each article submitted the previous week for a sixteen page long newspaperBut he could feel the gazes of the crew drilling into him Owens shaking his head Julianna s eyebrows arched uite high Even Grenville frowned Annabelle fixed her gaze upon him and said How to attract a man s attention That was ust the sort of thing Weekly readers would love and that could lead to a discussion of feelings so Knightly gave a nod and said Good and inuired about Damien Owens s police reports and other domestic intelligence The conversation moved onThe other writing girls and even the young reporter on staff that handles murders and robberies and arson team up with Annabelle behind the scenes as she tries out different schemes suggested by readers including lowering her bodice a little orchestrating impromptu encounters with the Nodcock employing a male rival and so onBlissfully unaware that people across London including two of his best friends are eagerly helping Annabelle capture his attention Derek begins to notice the shy writer at long last First it s because she has indeed lowered her bodice But then he begins to notice a new Annabelle someone bold and flirtatious but still shy and sweet and charmingly awkward emerging from her shell London s advice has worked and Annabelle is finally turning over a new leaf and starting to live her life instead of merely making it through the day This transformation could not have come at a worst time for Derek who is in the process of reluctantly courting the sister of a maruess the author refers to the character consistently as a maruis this isn t France and he s not a French nobleman so he s a maruess Wedding Lady Lydia will give him the place in society he wants but he cannot stop thinking of Annabelle And he knows that if he dallies with her he cannot marry Lady Lydia and he would be giving away his dreams of social acceptanceBut Annabelle keeps coming at him strong with her many schemes in addition to her own unchanging personal charm She s shy and sweet but also witty and teasing and Derek can t restrain himself indefinitely especially when Annabelle follows a reader s advice and launches herself into one final dramatic gesture But when the newspaper is in trouble and Derek is arrested on libel it seems that the only way to save himself and his newspaper not to mention all the people he employs is for him to publicly align himself with Lady Lydia and her Maruess brother even if it means losing Annabelle now that he s ust found herThere were numerous problems with this book which explains the 3 out of 5 rating However had this not been such a charming story it would have gotten even lower marks for these problems For one thing the writing style is lacking It s rough and unpolished and I hope a lot of that can be explained by the fact that this is an ARC an unedited proof and that the real novel when it hits shelves will be much better The writing seems rather choppy at times relying too much on sentence fragments rather than actual sentences to convey emotion and urgency That works but when done sparingly If it s done on every page it loses effect The same goes for the techniue of capitalizing Rom her loyal readers who offer Annabelle myriad suggestions from lower cut bodices success and sultry gazes disaster to a surprise midnight rendezvous wicked Derek never really took note of his shy wallflower lad. Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly editor and owner of The London Weekly for three years six months three weeks and two days all without his notice She has decided that now is the time to change this and asks the readers of her column Dear Annabelle for advice on gaining the attention of a man that pays you no mind The answers pour in and Annabelle sets about trying out some of the suggestions After a variety of attempts I know it s so unexpected that I disliked yet another genre romanceIf we read romance in hopes to self insert well Seducing Mr Knightly should have been my shining fantasy moment A shy lady writer who dresses badly has a rich romantic life entirely in her own head and thinks she will end up alone Idly dreaming about the older powerful guy at work freuently while at work Pretty much every single iteration of my life as a working woman has been this story I had my Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, journal at the ready prepared toot down tips on Flirting for Socially Awkward Folks from Dear AnnabelleBut what this book is as dawned on me WAY too early like around the approximately 15 20% mark on Kindle is occasionally cute but mostly SO generic full of every cliche you expect to find in romance Mentions of rakishness Yes Heaving alabaster bosoms A great deal Also both female AND male bosoms are exposed for seduction which is maybe the one detail of this book that I really liked the reversal of a silly particularly gendered seduction cliche Clever Maya RodaleAmorphous repetitive paragraphs describing how enamoured each lead is with the other in boring basic language and phrasing Oh yes Do the love interests misunderstand each other s words and behaviors for the sake of keeping up the unreuited love plot to the extent that you d like to punt them in the temples for adding pages to this book being so stupid Absolutely The search for good romance still continues with reasonably lowered expectations I m even discouraged by this than I am by my first encounter with Courtney Milan who I will probably be returning to as a salve Miss Rodale s writing is Biocentrismo. L'universo, la coscienza. La nuova teoria del tutto just not for me Buddy read with Andrea I enjoyed this book It was funny and easy to read The main characters were okay but I prefered the hero better than the heroine she was really annoying sometimes and I got tired of her indealizing the hero and sighing everytime she sees him it wasust too much Thankfully I was in a good mood and managed to finish it I enjoyed the second half of the book much better than the first I loved what the hero did to get her back and found it hilarious it is what saved the book for me 35 375 ish stars So I had all these thoughts to share about this Maya Rodale book only to realize that I already shared most of these exact same thoughts while reviewing two other Maya Rodale books While my opinion of some authors work varies rather wildly from one book to the next depending on plot theme tone etc it seems I have a surprisingly consistent opinion on what I love about Maya Rodale and what I don t Maya Rodale s writing style is for lack of a better adjective Tessa Dare ish witty vibrant eminently engaging and at times about as authentically historical as an episode of Sex in the City Anachronisms tend not to bother me as much as they do many of my fellow HR addicts but if you re someone who s irked by modern speech and behavior in your alleged historicals consider yourself warned In addition to her infectiously sparkly writing style I absolutely love Rodale s heroines All three of the Rodale heroines I ve spent time with so far while possessing very different personalities are among the most relatable and genuinely likable I ve come across And suffice it to say I m not a reader who immediately loves or even likes all of the heroines with whom I come into contactfar from it in fact Alas I can t heap the same praise on Rodale s heroes I did end up mostly adoring ditzy yet sneakily endearing Jack who we met in the loved it so much than I expected to anthology At the Duke s Wedding remained indifferent to the hero in Three Schemes and a Scandal and have
to sadly report that I outright disliked the titular Mr Knightly of this novel Look I knowsadly report that I outright disliked the titular Mr Knightly of this novel Look I know my fondness for kind adorkable heroes is unpopular to the point where writers rarely create one but even by today s usual domineering alpha standards Knightly is ust too much of a erk for too much of the novel As others have astutely pointed out he seems utterly indifferent to our sweet funny touchingly eager heroine for so long that I found myself desperately hoping for a twist in which Annabelle decided this guy simply wasn t worth seducing and instead decided to find a good man who adored her as much as she deserved Knightly s inevitable oh wait yeah I guess I ve actually loved her all along despite pretty much never ever showing it turnaround felt a bit forced to me and ualified as too little too late My other complaint This was a 384 page novel that felt a full 100 pages longer than necessary Granted I often feel that way so maybe I m ust an uncommonly impatient reader whose opinions on a novel s length should be taken with a few zillion grains of salt But for me the plot dragged the themes became tiresomely repetitive and the witty brisk and cheery pace of the first third gave way to slower this AGAIN meandering later on Overall this is an enjoyable book that I m not sorry I read but due to my really She wants HIM view of the hero I found it a fairly unromantic romance Recommended for its wit and lovable heroine but if you re hoping to fall in love with the hero I d advise looking elsewhere Annabelle was overshadowed in all the previous Writing Girl books by the other Girls who are all daring and outgoing by the other Girls are all daring and outgoing her story is a lovely charming one about a shy girl coming out of her shell and finally going after the man she wants And yeah he s sexy A perfect light romantic read for a summer day I ve given this a B for narration and a B for content at AudioGals so I m leaving it at 4 starsSeducing Mr Knightly is the fourth and final book in Ms Rodale s Writing Girls series in which each of the four heroines are columnists for one of London s foremost newspapers The London WeeklyHeroines 1 3 are now happily settled so it s the turn of number four Miss Annabelle Swift who pens the weekly advice column for the paper She s uiet and unassuming wears ill fitting drab clothes and resides with her brother and sour mannered sister in law who treats her as an unpaid servantWhile all the other Writing Girls certainly faced difficulties on their paths to true love Annabelle s is seemingly unnavigable For the past three years six months three weeks and two days she has been hopelessly in love with Derek Knightly the dashing wickedly handsome owner and editor of the Weekly a man who barely knows she existsAfter a bout of illness which laid her very low she decides that perhaps it s time to take control of her life and find a way to make Knightly notice her but what should she do So instead of writing her usual column in which she answers uestions and offers advice to readers she asks a uestion of her own How can she attract the attention of the man she s loved from afar for years Dear Annabelle s search for love suddenly becomes the talk of the town much to Knightly s astonishment Even his regular coffee house cronies seasoned political hacks and critics are talking about little else but he s certainly not going to complain about something that s increasing his readership even if he finds the whole thing faintly ridiculousHe carries on as usual oblivious both to Annabelle and the identity of her beloved until she starts taking some of the advice she receives when he can no longer remain oblivious to the fact that there s something worth looking at under those horribly shapeless dull gownsWhile the story of wallflower suffers unreuited love for gorgeous man she s known for years isn t new it s rather refreshing to encounter an initially dowdy and unpreposs. 9 hrs and 14 mins For ages it seems advice columnist Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly editor owner of the London Weekly from a distance Determined to finally attract her boss's attention she seeks advice .