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‘You forget yourself, your lordship. You have no rights to allow or disallow anything I may choose to do. You have, in fact, no claim over me whatsoever – a circumstance for which I thank the Lord on a daily basis! I am neither your ward nor your dependent, and I will not allow you to talk to me in that odiously overbearing fashion!' High-spirited Artemisia Grantley, niece ‘You forget yourself, your lordship. You have no rights to allow or disallow anything I may choose to do. You have, in fact, no claim over me whatsoever – a circumstance for which I thank the Lord on a daily basis! I am neither your ward nor your dependent, and I will not allow you to talk to me in that odiously overbearing fashion!' High-spirited Artemisia Grantley, niece of the Duke of Wentworth, has never made any attempt to conform to the feminine ideal expected of a lady of quality, nor has she ever had the benefit of an unfavourable opinion formed against her. But when the Marquess of Chysm enters her life, it seems to her that his lordship is always at hand to witness her shortcomings and bring them to her attention, inciting her temper and leaving her flustered. As she reluctantly embarks upon her first London Season, a scandalous family secret and a conspiracy that stretches all the way to Napoleonic France threaten to entangle her with the one person she could happily throttle.


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‘You forget yourself, your lordship. You have no rights to allow or disallow anything I may choose to do. You have, in fact, no claim over me whatsoever – a circumstance for which I thank the Lord on a daily basis! I am neither your ward nor your dependent, and I will not allow you to talk to me in that odiously overbearing fashion!' High-spirited Artemisia Grantley, niece ‘You forget yourself, your lordship. You have no rights to allow or disallow anything I may choose to do. You have, in fact, no claim over me whatsoever – a circumstance for which I thank the Lord on a daily basis! I am neither your ward nor your dependent, and I will not allow you to talk to me in that odiously overbearing fashion!' High-spirited Artemisia Grantley, niece of the Duke of Wentworth, has never made any attempt to conform to the feminine ideal expected of a lady of quality, nor has she ever had the benefit of an unfavourable opinion formed against her. But when the Marquess of Chysm enters her life, it seems to her that his lordship is always at hand to witness her shortcomings and bring them to her attention, inciting her temper and leaving her flustered. As she reluctantly embarks upon her first London Season, a scandalous family secret and a conspiracy that stretches all the way to Napoleonic France threaten to entangle her with the one person she could happily throttle.

30 review for Artemisia - a Humorous Regency Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)

    Artemisia Grantley, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, adored her idyllic and quite life in the country; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world without experiencing the thrills of a London Season. Polite society and the haut ton don’t appeal to Artemisia, she much rather spend her days shooting and riding horses around her uncle’s estate. But her Uncle Timmy, the Duke of Wentworth, has decided that is time for Artemisia to receive “a little tow Artemisia Grantley, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, adored her idyllic and quite life in the country; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world without experiencing the thrills of a London Season. Polite society and the haut ton don’t appeal to Artemisia, she much rather spend her days shooting and riding horses around her uncle’s estate. But her Uncle Timmy, the Duke of Wentworth, has decided that is time for Artemisia to receive “a little town polish,” experience public life, and finally come out into society. Despite her aversion to the plan, Artemisia must trade in her borrowed breeches, coarse lawn shirt, and slouchy hat and don modish walking dresses and fashionable ball gowns… Guiding and chaperoning Artemisia through her first season is the beautiful, wealthy, and widowed Lady Lubriot, half-sister to the Duke of Wentworth’s close friend the Marquess of Chysm, a single, eligible, and wealthy man who most decidedly is not in want of a wife! While Lady Lubriot’s youthfulness, lively spirits, and kindness easily win the affection and cooperation of her young charge, Lord Chysm, with his proclivity for giving offense and pointing out Artemisia’s flaws, raises her ire and continuously tries her temper. With the help of these two and her uncle, Artemisia attempts to make her societal debut without any mishaps, but it seems that scandal, intrigue, and her mother’s dubious past continuously threaten her chances of success. What an utterly delightful novel! I was quite enamored with our hero and heroine and their tumultuous relationship! Due to terrible first impressions, their relationship began with an instant and intense dislike. Most of their conversations contained little civility and much contention, as they both repeatedly challenged each other with verbal sparing matches and set downs. In addition, they were both so skilled at repressing and fighting their feelings for each other, that they easily misunderstood and misinterpreted every look, word, and action! (Loved seeing these two fall in love against their will, against their reason, and even against their character!) The hero and heroine weren’t the only characters I adored in this novel, each character (main and secondary) was colorful, comical, and well-drawn. Furthermore, I took great pleasure in discovering how some characters shared similar traits and familiar personalities with various Jane Austen characters. Aunt Ophelia, with her particular attention to food and decided opinions seemed like a cross between Mr. Woodhouse and Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Lively, boyish, principled, yet naïve Artemisia felt like a delightful blend of Elizabeth Bennet and Catherine Morland. And Lord Chysm, with his disinterest in marriage, aloof appearance, yet hidden honorable nature and heroic actions, definitely reminded me of several classic Georgette Heyer heroes. I don’t know if these similarities were intentional or accidental, but I greatly admired these cleverly crafted characters! My one small quibble for this novel was that the French conspiracy and spy/informant business was a little hard to follow. Since the reader doesn’t learn everything all at once and Lord Chysm’s work is slowly revealed, I felt a little confused at times. (But this might be because my knowledge and understanding of Napoleonic France isn’t much to speak of!) What a smashing debut novel for D.G. Rampton!!! On the cover it very aptly states: “A Regency novel in the tradition of Jane Austen.” The inspiration from and homage to Jane Austen and traditional Regency romances is abundantly clear on every page. I highly recommend this novel and author to readers who love Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and traditional Regency romances!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    What a witty, delightful, engaging book! And how refreshing to read a book where the author claims Georgette Heyer to be an influence and the book to actually feel Heyer-like! I have been disappointed more than once recently by reviews claiming a book to be Heyer-like only to find the book nothing of the sort. I am glad I didn’t let the somewhat demure cover deter me from reading this light-hearted, fun romp!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Wonderful Regency romp, primarily in the style of Georgette Heyer with some Austenesque elements. The hero and heroine spar heatedly throughout, right up to the point where he proposes marriage. Highly recommend! Content is clean.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    3.5 I liked this one. It had a fun storyline with a light mystery. Artemisia was a fun character, full of spunk. Lord Chysm was likable, for the most part. I liked his character, I didn't like how he treated Artemisia at times (hence the lower rating). The story moves along nicely and I thought it was well written. It kept my attention and thought it had a good regency feel to it. The mystery was pretty subtle, it wasn't hard to figure things out, but still fun to see how everything unfolds. As f 3.5 I liked this one. It had a fun storyline with a light mystery. Artemisia was a fun character, full of spunk. Lord Chysm was likable, for the most part. I liked his character, I didn't like how he treated Artemisia at times (hence the lower rating). The story moves along nicely and I thought it was well written. It kept my attention and thought it had a good regency feel to it. The mystery was pretty subtle, it wasn't hard to figure things out, but still fun to see how everything unfolds. As for the romance, overall I liked it, but I wanted Chysm to have to do a little more wooing. I think he took Artemisia and her feelings for granted. I wanted a BIG public gesture from him, especially considering how he had been treating her for practically their whole relationship. I would have loved for him to really prove his love. How it plays out was nice, but I wanted a little more. I thought how they first met was fun and they had some fun moments together. I like that Artemisia wasn't afraid to stick up for herself and could hold her own with him. They were good together. I loved that it was clean! Overall, a fun regency and one I'd recommend. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Rampton. Content Romance: Clean (view spoiler)[Mild talk of mistresses, which I think could have been left out. Made me like Chysm a little less. (hide spoiler)] Language: Mild Violence: Mild (view spoiler)[1. There is an attempted rape, but its stopped early on. 2. Artemisia is kidnapped, not really any violence. 3. Mild shoot-out at the end. (hide spoiler)] Similar Books You May Enjoy...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adrianna

    I can't believe this book went undetected by me for so long; I thought I had thoroughly scoured all potential Regency authors! In any case, I'm so happy I finally found this one. It was the most delightful read I've had in a while. The first point in its favor: it was a clean Regency (hence the title, "a Regency romance in the tradition of Jane Austen"), which can be so hard to find nowadays. However, there was plenty of romanctic build-up and sexual tension. It was positively zinging off the pa I can't believe this book went undetected by me for so long; I thought I had thoroughly scoured all potential Regency authors! In any case, I'm so happy I finally found this one. It was the most delightful read I've had in a while. The first point in its favor: it was a clean Regency (hence the title, "a Regency romance in the tradition of Jane Austen"), which can be so hard to find nowadays. However, there was plenty of romanctic build-up and sexual tension. It was positively zinging off the pages! There were some blatantly modern-feminist ideas possessed by Artemisia, but it didn't hinder my enjoyment at all. She was absolutely delightful in her eccentricities and joie de vivre. Her fiery personality was fun and refreshing. Meanwhile, Jared, Marquess of Chysm. Le sigh... Serious hunk material. British spy, lord of the realm, wealthy, handsome, debonair, sarcastic, witty, intelligent, protector, take-charge type -- need I go on? A perfect match for Artemisia's brand of fire. Or mine... But I digress. This was very well done in the Heyer style of romance, including wit and escapades, and probably less like a Jane Austen than the author indicates by the title. The inclusion of a good mystery in the background of the romance was a great touch to help round out and lend an added element of danger to the novel. I can't recommend this too highly for Regency lovers. A lovely surprise after thinking I had read all of the good ones. I can't wait for D.G. Rampton's next novel and hope she writes many more. Meanwhile, Lord Chysm reminded me of Matthew Goode throughout the book - if they adapt this to the screen, I hope they cast him.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! Our main character Artemisia loves her boyish pursuits, her country home with her uncle who can't deny her anything and wants nothing to do with a London season, new dresses or suitors. However, when her uncle the Duke of Wentworth asks Lady Lubiot (the half sister of his friend Lord Chysm) to sponsor his niece, she is thrown into a society she can't get along with and a challenge to her unladylike ways. Artemisia and Lord Chysm are constantly at each other throa I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! Our main character Artemisia loves her boyish pursuits, her country home with her uncle who can't deny her anything and wants nothing to do with a London season, new dresses or suitors. However, when her uncle the Duke of Wentworth asks Lady Lubiot (the half sister of his friend Lord Chysm) to sponsor his niece, she is thrown into a society she can't get along with and a challenge to her unladylike ways. Artemisia and Lord Chysm are constantly at each other throats and yet he finds her anger and debating a refreshing change to all the green girls in society. She makes him angry and he gets defensive and controlling over her which she resents. Neither are interested in love and marriage although time and chemistry will work to bring them together. The arguments made me laugh, the proposal was hilarious and the side stories with Lady Lubiot and the Duke of Wemtworth was adorable. A good read indeed!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Super fun. I just love these kinds of books... And a new word I'd never heard before..."chary"...her word usage throughout was actually really clever. Jane Austen/Georgette Heyer types are hard to do, I applaud her! Super fun. I just love these kinds of books... And a new word I'd never heard before..."chary"...her word usage throughout was actually really clever. Jane Austen/Georgette Heyer types are hard to do, I applaud her!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Penny Black

    Maybe if this novel didn't come with such an ambitious headline - a Regency romance in the tradition of Jane Austen - I would have enjoyed it more. But, as expectations often shape impressions, I was mildly disappointed with the pacing, characterization, and certain plot twists in this story. The writing style is reminiscent of Georgette Heyer, and it's most noticeable in the dialogue. Whether that's a good thing or not depends on personal preference. Despite its vague resemblance to the witty re Maybe if this novel didn't come with such an ambitious headline - a Regency romance in the tradition of Jane Austen - I would have enjoyed it more. But, as expectations often shape impressions, I was mildly disappointed with the pacing, characterization, and certain plot twists in this story. The writing style is reminiscent of Georgette Heyer, and it's most noticeable in the dialogue. Whether that's a good thing or not depends on personal preference. Despite its vague resemblance to the witty repartee of the Bath Tangle, which never fails to amuse me, the verbal sparring between the hero and the heroine didn't quite do it for me in this story. Primarily, because the heroine was immature and impulsive. Her good intentions aside, she tended to get into scrapes she could have easily avoided if she'd take the time to think things through. Her sniping back at the hero, when his reprimands were entirely justified - especially after he'd had to save her from getting injured or committing a faux pas - felt childish in the extreme. Combined with her "irregular" birth, unconventional upbringing, and lack of social polish, she seemed like an odd choice as a love interest for the hero, who was a sophisticated man about town thirteen years her senior and a spymaster extraordinaire. To that effect, the metamorphosis of the hero's feelings from general exasperation to affection toward the heroine took me by surprise. In fact, I didn't see much chemistry between the protagonists until the closing scene. Other characters remarked upon it, but it must have been too subtle for me to notice. But, unlike the hero, I saw no impediment to their union and had trouble following his reasoning for avoiding the attachment. It might have been a "confirmed bachelor not fit for marriage" or as a "spy with blood on his hands not good enough for a pure young innocent" schtick, I'm not sure which. Neither rationale painted him in a particularly favorable light because both are contrary to the inherent selfishness of human nature. Consequently, it made for a flimsy obstacle to the couple's happiness and was set aside when it suited the author's purpose. Another issue was that the culmination of the underlying spy plot required accepting a significant contrivance at face value, and all the action got crammed into the last two chapters of the novel. Until then, the pacing of the story was rather slow, and as a result, the ending felt rushed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    H2bourne

    This was very well done! It was witty, humorous, romantic, engaging, and intelligent. It had all the right elements and made for a compelling read from beginning to end. This novel proves that a romance does not need smut to keep one's interest. The chemistry between Artemisia and Lord Chysm was palpable. Her friendship with Harold was sweet in its innocence. The attachment between Artemisia's uncle, the Duke of Wentworth, and Lord Chysm's half-sister, Lady Lubiot, while expected was still sweet This was very well done! It was witty, humorous, romantic, engaging, and intelligent. It had all the right elements and made for a compelling read from beginning to end. This novel proves that a romance does not need smut to keep one's interest. The chemistry between Artemisia and Lord Chysm was palpable. Her friendship with Harold was sweet in its innocence. The attachment between Artemisia's uncle, the Duke of Wentworth, and Lord Chysm's half-sister, Lady Lubiot, while expected was still sweet and developed at a nice pace. I appreciated that this was not a sappy romance novel but had sufficient action and intrigue by way of espionage to make it a well-rounded storyline. This held my interest and I could not put it down until I finished. A very satisfying read. I look forward to further novels from this author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kim Power

    Very entertaining A talent for ironic wit and good writing make this an entertaining novel. It plays on the usual Regency tropes, with a clever twist in the plot. I’m sure that her debut experience will impact on her next novel with more nuanced characters. Rampion is clever but I hope to find a little more heart in her next. An excellent debut.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jaima

    Impeccable history, beautiful detailing, characters that make me hoot out loud. I especially liked Lady Lubriot. A nice balance of humour and romance. I look forward to reading Ms. Rampton's next regency! Impeccable history, beautiful detailing, characters that make me hoot out loud. I especially liked Lady Lubriot. A nice balance of humour and romance. I look forward to reading Ms. Rampton's next regency!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Wonderful story! Very Heyer and Austen-like! I loved the characters and the storyline, it's been a long time since I've read a regency that did not disappoint. I can't wait to see more from this author. Wonderful story! Very Heyer and Austen-like! I loved the characters and the storyline, it's been a long time since I've read a regency that did not disappoint. I can't wait to see more from this author.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    DNF - Last update: I'm 32% done with Artemisia: There's something rather squicky about the hero being best mates with and is two years older than the heroine's uncle. 13 year age differences are really pushing it for me but where you can feel the age gap? hmmm... no likey. DNF - Last update: I'm 32% done with Artemisia: There's something rather squicky about the hero being best mates with and is two years older than the heroine's uncle. 13 year age differences are really pushing it for me but where you can feel the age gap? hmmm... no likey.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anne Tedford

    Absolutely captivating! The only modern author to meet standards if Jane Austen and georgette heyer

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    One of my favorites. You really got to see the character grow but never lose herself.

  16. 4 out of 5

    T M S

    A fun story This book is full of fun dialogue, plenty of intrigue and of course, love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    After reading two lackluster Regency romances this past week, I was happy to find Artemisia on my kindle. I read Aphrodite by DG Rampton last year and loved it. So unsurprisingly I found this book to be absolutely delightful. Artemisia is a free spirited young lady, largely raised in the country by her Duchess grandmother and after her passing, her indulgent Uncle Timothy, the current Duke. Her mother and father were never central figures in her life. She reluctantly goes to London for a season After reading two lackluster Regency romances this past week, I was happy to find Artemisia on my kindle. I read Aphrodite by DG Rampton last year and loved it. So unsurprisingly I found this book to be absolutely delightful. Artemisia is a free spirited young lady, largely raised in the country by her Duchess grandmother and after her passing, her indulgent Uncle Timothy, the current Duke. Her mother and father were never central figures in her life. She reluctantly goes to London for a season under the sponsorship of Lady Marianne Lubriot, the young widowed sister of Lord Chysm who is a close friend of the Duke. There are so many fun scenes and witty lines that I laughed out loud more than once. There’s also a bit of mystery and action with a surprising villain. The characters are well drawn and the writing is engaging. I didn’t want to put this book down. I highly recommend this for fans of Regency romance, especially Georgette Heyer fans.

  18. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Artemisia Grantley, niece of the Duke of Wentworth, likes nothing better than to romp around her uncle's estate dressed as a boy with her best guy pal, much to her uncle's dismay. The Duke is determined to get Arabella a Season before she comes into her full inheritance and gets into mischief. He asks his political friend Jared, the Marquess of Chysm to enlist the aid of his sister Marianne, the lovely widowed Lady Lubriot to help. Unfortunately for Artemisia, her first meeting with Lord Chysm w Artemisia Grantley, niece of the Duke of Wentworth, likes nothing better than to romp around her uncle's estate dressed as a boy with her best guy pal, much to her uncle's dismay. The Duke is determined to get Arabella a Season before she comes into her full inheritance and gets into mischief. He asks his political friend Jared, the Marquess of Chysm to enlist the aid of his sister Marianne, the lovely widowed Lady Lubriot to help. Unfortunately for Artemisia, her first meeting with Lord Chysm was less than stellar and now she's convinced he is her greatest enemy. Marianne wins over Artemsia and helps the girl adopt a few social graces in preparation for the Season. Artemisia is determined to do the Season her way, which means clashing with some of the leaders of the ton, especially Lord Chysm. His interest in the girl excites the gossips of the ton for everyone knows Lord Chysm is not the marrying sort. As Artemisia becomes a greater success, the more the gossiping tongues wag and the more Artemisia feels peevish and the more she and Lord Chysm disagree about her behavior. She still has no plans to marry... unless she falls in love and the man she loves can love her back. As for Lord Chysm, he could care less about debutantes, he's just doing a favor for an old friend and his beloved sister, or so he tells himself. He's more concerned with finding out what happened to his spies carrying news from France. It seems there's a leak somewhere in the War Office but who is it? This book states that it is in the tradition of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. The influence of these two wonderful writers is clearly seen, especially in the opening paragraph. The opening is worded similarly to Northanger Abbey. There's also a scene with Michaelangelo, the spaniel pup and a poodle in the park which is reminiscent of a scene in Frederica. It's not quite as zany or funny. Overall, the writing is decent and the author soon develops her own style of writing. The relationship aspect of the novel also resembles a Georgette Heyer novel. It develops OK but the constant fighting got on my nerves by the end of the book and I didn't feel there was anything romantic about it. The 13 year age difference between Artemisia and Chysm made her seem childish at times. The mystery gripped me and I couldn't put the book down until I found out how it all turned out. I wasn't surprised at the identity of the villain/s but how it all came together was a bit of a surprise. Artemisia is a likable heroine, for the most part. She doesn't want to grow up and chafes against the prescribed gender roles of her time. She longs to be free to do what she really wants. She longs for adventure and travel, which are not possible for an unmarried girl, especially during war time. I felt bad for her that she had nothing to really look forward to or goals available except marriage. She does seem rather childish at times though when she fights with Chysm. She also shows her naivete at times which causes her to do stupid things. I think she could have been made more likable by making her older and a little less stubborn. Chysm is likable for the most part. He's a strong alpha male who has a strict sense of propriety regarding unmarried women and he knows how the ton will tear apart Artemisia for being unconventional. I almost felt bad for him that she willfully misunderstood him and continued to fight with him long after they should have been friends. The secondary characters are very good too. Marianne is charming and sweet. I couldn't help but like her the way Artemisia did. She knows just how to handle stubborn young ladies who don't care what other people think. I liked the close bond between the two women and how they supported each other. Uncle Timothy is a Mr. Bingley sort of character. He's very amiable and not dashing or romantic but kind and good. I liked his story though it was very predictable. Artemisia's gentlemen friends are largely unmemorable and not worth mentioning. The villains are truly despicable in their actions. If you like the Signet and Zebra Regency romances of the 90s, especially those by Regina Scott you will enjoy this one. I would be willing to read more from this author. If you don't like Bath Tangle then this book is probably not for you.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Fluegge

    Loved this book, reminiscent of Georgette Heyer, very funny! I got a little bogged down in the spy drama part of it, but not too badly. If you’re a fan of clean Regency romances, I recommend this book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caity

    Review on excerpt. Miss Rampton has a charming style of writing that instantly draws the reader in and takes it captive. I was so glad to have quite a bit of the story to read in this excerpt, but I began to wonder if it was going to go far enough to give everything away and then I wouldn't have much of the actual book to read once I get my hands on it. Not so! This excerpt is just long enough to get all the pieces in place and all the questions raised- and then it stops. Nothing revealed, curios Review on excerpt. Miss Rampton has a charming style of writing that instantly draws the reader in and takes it captive. I was so glad to have quite a bit of the story to read in this excerpt, but I began to wonder if it was going to go far enough to give everything away and then I wouldn't have much of the actual book to read once I get my hands on it. Not so! This excerpt is just long enough to get all the pieces in place and all the questions raised- and then it stops. Nothing revealed, curiosity piqued, and the characters having thoroughly worked their way into your heart- leaving you wanting more, needing answers, and wondering about so many different aspects of the story. Georgette Heyer came to mind a few times, when I read snippets reminiscent of her style and wit. I look forward to reading this novel in it's entirety, and giving it a full review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Celestem

    As one who loves Regency Romance in the style of Georgette Heyer, I am happy to say that this author (DG Rampton) captures the spirit of Heyer in Artemesia. Full of great dialogue and beautiful descriptions of dress, stately homes, and balls, the storyline is not forgotten and is even more interesting than the ordinary RR storyline. Of course, there's a rake and a stuffy love interest, but the author was good about keeping it interesting by throwing in curveballs here and there that pique the re As one who loves Regency Romance in the style of Georgette Heyer, I am happy to say that this author (DG Rampton) captures the spirit of Heyer in Artemesia. Full of great dialogue and beautiful descriptions of dress, stately homes, and balls, the storyline is not forgotten and is even more interesting than the ordinary RR storyline. Of course, there's a rake and a stuffy love interest, but the author was good about keeping it interesting by throwing in curveballs here and there that pique the reader who has read a lot of RR books. As stated before, this is in the style of Heyer, so there is no steamy stuff, just a lot of great writing and wit. Recommended to anyone who loves Heyer and Regency era England. Enjoy!

  22. 5 out of 5

    L

    I enjoyed this book. It was a clean read and kept me interested.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Readitnweep

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this immediately upon finishing Rampton’s “Aphrodite,” which I enjoyed far more than I did this installation. It was funnier, and I liked the main couple better. Artemisia seemed very childlike - which was well crafted character development since she is so young, perhaps 18 or 19 - making her difficult to relate to. This can be written off as my own personal opinion. However, I found her youthfulness increased when compared to her worldly suitor, Lord Chysm (Cheese-um - and whatever happen I read this immediately upon finishing Rampton’s “Aphrodite,” which I enjoyed far more than I did this installation. It was funnier, and I liked the main couple better. Artemisia seemed very childlike - which was well crafted character development since she is so young, perhaps 18 or 19 - making her difficult to relate to. This can be written off as my own personal opinion. However, I found her youthfulness increased when compared to her worldly suitor, Lord Chysm (Cheese-um - and whatever happened to Brian?). I could not find them believable as a couple. I liked her friendship with Harold, and I liked Brian. I found Chysm’s role in trading information confusing at times. Also, I found Artemisia’s lack of feeling and reaction to the reality of parents odd. The author tried to explain it away, but I don’t feel it worked. Lost opportunity to give Artemisia more depth. I was also put off by the romance between the minor-major characters - this was an issue I had with Aphrodite as well. I’d far rather the author remain focused on the main relationship. Personally, I find the side romance irritating and distracting. A hint of its possibility might add flavor, but this was done with far too heavy a hand. I do appreciate the regency English voice the author worked to present, which I found consistent and believable. Also, I liked that there no happy resolution between Artemisia and her parents. As written added a touch of needed realism and weight to the plot. As in Aphrodite, it is apparent that this author has done her homework with the many touches included to bring the reader into the period. Well done. Aside from her romance, I also liked Chysm’s sister. I thought she struck a good balance between caring friend and protective chaperone. Finally, I do hope to read more by this author. I just hope she steers away from the May-December (or in this case April) romances.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kim Dobbs

    I’m so happy I discovered a new author!! The only sad thing is—she has only written 2 books!! I have read every Georgette Heyer book and reading Artemisia I find an equivalent talent. First—I love strong characters that are intelligent. Many authors will have something so obvious, but their characters won’t see it. I appreciate Rampton respecting her readers and not playing those games. Instead, she used her mastery to actually pull off a surprise plot and ending. I also appreciate that she did I’m so happy I discovered a new author!! The only sad thing is—she has only written 2 books!! I have read every Georgette Heyer book and reading Artemisia I find an equivalent talent. First—I love strong characters that are intelligent. Many authors will have something so obvious, but their characters won’t see it. I appreciate Rampton respecting her readers and not playing those games. Instead, she used her mastery to actually pull off a surprise plot and ending. I also appreciate that she did not leave anything unresolved, even with minor characters. The writing and dialog are entertaining and actually feel like you are reading an older book. Since I’ve read Heyer, I know the references to Tattersall’s, White’s, Vauxhall, etc. So, less informed readers might miss their significance. If you enjoy Austen, Heyer, etc you will be happy to read Rampton!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    GG

    Artemisia is a slow starter but as it moves along it picks up momentum and pulls the reader in. Both Artemisis and the Marquess of Chysm are volatile personalities that seem unsuited for each other, and yet they aren't. They are drawn together and I cheered. There are side stories and romances that add to the overall ambience. A little long but worth it. Recommended. Artemisia is a slow starter but as it moves along it picks up momentum and pulls the reader in. Both Artemisis and the Marquess of Chysm are volatile personalities that seem unsuited for each other, and yet they aren't. They are drawn together and I cheered. There are side stories and romances that add to the overall ambience. A little long but worth it. Recommended.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Hamlod

    This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I enjoyed it. It has mystery and intrigue. The story is based mainly on the developing relationship between Chysm and Artemisia. They are constantly quarrelling and misunderstanding each other. Artemisia is constantly getting into scrapes that Chysm has to extricate her from. Quite humorous at times!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sesilia Filipo-Pelesasa

    I enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed in its description and action. My only disappointment was I felt the last 2 chapters moved too fast and there was no cohesion. But I did enjoy the story very much.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Some parts were entertaining and others annoying. I was expecting more from the "tradition of Jane Austen." Some parts were entertaining and others annoying. I was expecting more from the "tradition of Jane Austen."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eatworm

    If you're a fan of Austen or Georgette Heyer, you must read this book. So rare to find something like this. But why oh why is there only one book by this author? Woe! If you're a fan of Austen or Georgette Heyer, you must read this book. So rare to find something like this. But why oh why is there only one book by this author? Woe!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Witty A very enjoyable romp in the tradition of Georgette Heyer. Witty conversation, comeuppances, and a happy ever after conclusion make for great read.

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