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You know keddoes, about half way through A Woman Entangled by Cecilia Grant, I noticed that our hero, Nick, was having trouble with his hands. Every time our heroine Kate said something or smiled or even moved, Nick’s fingers curled, flexed, tensed. It was at this point that I had the fleeting thought of keeping track of how many times his fingers curled, but because I’m lazy and didn’t want to go back to the beginning and start counting, I resisted temptation. Just be warned, fellow readers, this guy has some really twitchy appendages, at least on his hands.grant

Now on to the book. I was very excited when A Woman Entangled was released. I have been very impressed with Cecilia Grant‘s writing, especially her book, A Lady Awakened. Through her writing, she has managed to energize some old plot lines, so I was looking forward to being led down an interesting path when I opened this story. Well, it didn’t take me long to find a character I hated and loved at the same time.

Let me introduce you to Kate Westbrook, a really hard heroine to like. Kate wanted more than what she had. She wanted it more than anything in the world; it’s sort of an obsession with her. You see, her father was born into aristocracy, but because he fell in love with an actress and then married her, his noble family turned their collective backs on him. However, Kate’s parents have provided her and her siblings with a loving household. The Westbrooks actually reminded me a little of the Bennett family, except the Westbrooks cared for each other.

But Kate wants more. She yearns for a life that she doesn’t know the first thing about. She has created all of these fantasies about how wonderful it would be to be accepted in her father’s old world. She is ashamed, she is resentful, she is embarrassed, she is sad, she is jealous of the wealthy elite world of which she can never be a part. Like all heroines, she has a plan, a purely selfish plan, but a plan nonetheless. Unbeknownst to her parents, she has been in communication with her father’s family over the years. Just little notes, a best to you note here, a congratulations note there. She just knows that someday his family will say, “Sure, come on over and have some grub with us.” Well, that moment happens, not the grub part, but along the lines of “come over and see my magnificent home” invite. Imagine her chagrin when her aunt explains to Kate that she is good enough to be a companion. Kate’s world does a little collapsing at this point. Eventually, her vision clears and she realizes that not everything that glitters is gold. Kate is a really unlikeable person. Most of the problems that she faces are those that she has created for herself. Only occasionally does she show any redeeming qualities and those are with her sister Rose and her new friend Louisa. I think I would have liked Kate better if it hadn’t taken her soooooo long to see the beauty of her own world. Then there is her treatment of the finger guy, Nick. (more…)

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