July 17, 2015
The last of the Bachelor Chronicles?
This is a short story covering a short period of time - one day. Mad About the Major has
Lady Arabella Tremont, the overprotected daughter of Duke of Parkerton (Mad About the Duke). Well, Arabella and our hero, Major Kingsley, make each others' acquaintance at a masquerade party. Kingsley, as a result of a wager and mistaken identity, makes some rather lewd suggestions into the pearly ears of Arabella. Suggestions about putting certain large things inside of other not so large things. What Kingsley actually receives for his suggestions is a black eye from Arabella's father. And, Arabella gets shipped off to the country to wed the man her father has chosen for her.
However, Arabella has a surprise for her restrictive father. She escapes and jumps into the nearest carriage. Guess who is in that carriage? Yep, Kingsley. Kingsley is also being forced into marriage and is churlishly on his way to his mother's country house to meet the woman his parents have chosen for him. Well, it doesn't take Arabella long to talk Kingsley into granting her three wishes before she is forced into her matrimonial Waterloo. There isn't anything that's overwhelming in this story, nothing that will have the reader scratching their head saying "man, I didn't see that coming." We know that Arabella and Kinglsley are the "parent chosen ones," even though they don't know it and they never seem to figure it out. So this is a short story that takes a whole lot of suspension of belief and an acceptance of fiction with a capital F. Arabella and Kingsley are of the same aristocratic class, yet they never get around to discovering each others' surnames or titles - the light bulb doesn't go off at any time, except at the very very end.
Even with all the unbelievable antics, this short story is a charming read. It a fast, fluffy, light read which will only will take a couple of hours to finish, and when you are finished your world will still be the same, just a little lighter. And, now I turn to a different author.
Time/Place: Regency England, sort of