Imprudent Lady

Imprudent Lady Prudence Mallow country miss finds herself in London as the poor relation of her Uncle Clarence a true British eccentric and erstwhile painter When she discovers her calling as a novelist she is d

  • Title: Imprudent Lady
  • Author: Joan Smith
  • ISBN: 9780449236635
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • Prudence Mallow, country miss, finds herself in London as the poor relation of her Uncle Clarence, a true British eccentric and erstwhile painter When she discovers her calling as a novelist, she is delighted to develop a friendship with another writer But Prudence produces modest, sincere novels, and Lord Dammler, handsome rake that he is, has won acclaim for his scanPrudence Mallow, country miss, finds herself in London as the poor relation of her Uncle Clarence, a true British eccentric and erstwhile painter When she discovers her calling as a novelist, she is delighted to develop a friendship with another writer But Prudence produces modest, sincere novels, and Lord Dammler, handsome rake that he is, has won acclaim for his scandalous Cantos from Abroad Drawn by the rakish marquis into the hotbed of London society, Prudence finds herself in way over her head and heart.

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    About "Joan Smith"

    1. Joan Smith

      Joan Smith is a graduate of Queen s University in Kingston, Ontario, and the Ontario College of Education She has taught French and English in high school and English in college When she began writing, her interest in Jane Austen and Lord Byron led to her first choice of genre, the Regency, which she especially liked for its wit and humor.Her favorite travel destination is England, where she researches her books Her hobbies are gardening, painting, sculpture and reading She is married and has three children A prolific writer, she is currently working on Regencies and various mysteries at her home in Georgetown, Ontario.She is also known as Jennie Gallant


    1. I am so much positively surprised by this book that I have decided that I will add a shelf "the best witty romances" in the near future.It is definitely a masterpiece of the genre (funny Regency romances). Really. I have read by now a few authors which could be call as "like Heyer". The best of them are: Emily Eden and Jude Morgan, next are: Clare Darcy and Barbara Metzger - but they wrote differently, some books are really good, some just nice. Now, I am very curious where Joan Smith will be. A [...]

    2. The Historical prompt for the TBR Challenge is a bit of a Busman’s Holiday for yours truly, but even so, I still enjoy going through my books to find something I haven’t read yet.  This time round, I settled on a traditional Regency from 1978, Joan Smith’s Imprudent Lady. Many authors have had books likened to those of Georgette Heyer, and while that is a comparison that’s always going to draw my eye, I’ve been disappointed on many an occasion.  Not so here.  Imprudent Lady is an ut [...]

    3. Delightfully witty traditional HRThere are echoes of all sorts of romances in this clever story, from Venetia to Persuasion (Gowland's Lotion, anyone?) but the main characters are very much themselves - a Byronic poet of a hero, and a little dab of an authoress turning out sharply observed novels. The romance is very tenderly drawn - indeed, Lord Dammler doesn't realise for most of the book that the pleasure he takes in Prudence Mallow's company is love. We do, though - we see the progression fr [...]

    4. I had never heard of Joan Smith, even though she has a bazillion romance titles on . When one of my favorite reviewers (who goes by the sobriquet Old Latin Teacher) wrote that this book was the next best thing to a Georgette Heyer, I became curious.Well, Old Latin Teacher was right. This is a charming, witty story of a rake and a bluestocking, with delightful characters and sparkling dialogue. There's no sex, which I miss, but hey, I've got an imagination. And annoying Uncle Clarence (a painter [...]

    5. I just spent the most perfect evening with this book in hand and symphonic West Side Story on the stereo. Complete bliss.If you like clever and witty regency novels - not bodice rippers, more like Georgette Heyer regencies - then you will adore this one. I did.

    6. A nice read. The hero and heroine gradually fell in love. No rush, just steady and believable. A simple story of two people getting to know each other. Great secondary characters. I'm loving on uncle Clarence! Clean read, but I missed at least a few kisses! The hero was a rake after all I think a little more unplanned kisses and touches would have made the story more appealing. I might contradict myself here but even though I don't mind reading clean romances I still wish they would have a littl [...]

    7. Wellh'm. On the one hand, kudos to this author for creating a foamingly fluffy-light Regency very much in the vein of Georgette Heyer, and an interesting eccentric in the character of Uncle Clarence, amateur (very amateur) painter. (Not to be confused with the Duke of Clarence, who also makes an appearance). An amusing "what-if" with two characters based on Lord Byron and Jane Austen, positing an almost-credible love affair between "a Lady" and the dissolute poet-Lord. (OK, I suspended my disbel [...]

    8. I enjoyed this immensely even with the weird left-turn to Bath where everything became a little stupid. The writing though is wonderful, much better than most of the regencies that are being produced today. It was refreshing to read about a smart-aleck couple, who bungle their own relationship without the help of anyone else. Uncle Clarence was priceless, a true English eccentric.

    9. I can see why people likes this book, but I realized that Joan Smith is not for me.What I liked:- there were moments where I enjoyed Prudence's and Dammler's friendship. Where I could feel they were friends.- I liked Prudence's Uncle. He was an "original", certainly the most interesting character in the story. It seemed like he was going to be a mean uncle (at first) but he cared for Prudence, albeit superficially, and I loved every time he lied, even though he didn't think he was lying.- there [...]

    10. This is my first read by Joan Smith and I found it intriguing, sometimes amusing but hardly a traditional regency romance. It's more of a friend’s story than a love story but it does have a HEA.Prudence, the title's imprudent lady, becomes a writer with some success. She shares a publisher with the famous Lord Dammler, the time's most celebrated writer, and ends up being introduced to him. Although she is a bit critic of his work, Prudence can't help but admire him.Lord Dammler, alas, finds Pr [...]

    11. Snappy and charming enough, a slapstick cousin to Austen-style Regencies. I had much sympathy for the bookish, retiring heroine who comes into her own, an innocent who's not afraid to say clever things. Not sure why the author had to be the "but she's not a feminist!" drum, as that seemed a bit slapped on. The hero vacillated between genuinely charming and insufferable/controlling, at least enough that you could get an inkling why the heroine put up with his nonsense. You might question her choi [...]

    12. imagine if you took jane austen turned her into a character mixed with charlotte bronte, and stuck her in london with a ridiculous painting uncle and an attractive lord byronesque 'hero' and you'd have this. I liked how it put all the other authors of the day in perspective, and i wish Smith had pushed the envelope just a little more with her lady writer Prudence, she didn't take the rope to the end of the dock and she totally could have pulled in an even better tale. This is a pair of character [...]

    13. if you like Georgette Heyer AND Barbara Metzger, you'll like this one. It's actually closer to Metzger in terms of humor, but usually a bit more subtle, and extremely "clean" by today's standards (though there is talk of Cyprians, carte blanche, etc).

    14. 3.5, 4 I swear, I would've gotten over this book already if it weren't for the stupid cover - somehow the cover put me off so much I simply refused to touch this book after exhausting every other readable Joan Smith novels. I finally caved in, and I remember being quite pleased to have put an end to my irrational obstinacy. The heroine is a quite sensible product of her time and that's what I liked the most about this book - actually about the rest of the book, none comes to my mind hence the 3. [...]

    15. The book really wasn't bad, but I didn't enjoy it much either. Maybe I've just gotten too used to Heyer's historic accuracy, but I couldn't help but become exasperated by the mentioning of i.e. feminism or cardboard cutouts of authors. Also I found the plot to be a little uniform.However this was an ok book, and if you're not fussy about historic accuracy you might even enjoy it.

    16. I think I've tried reading this before but left it unfinishedI'm glad I did read it this time. It is rather charming. I like the fact that the h never backs down, and gives fitting replies to the H. The banter between them is rather sweet (inspite of the numerous ows that crop up! Cybele (the blond Phyrne), his uncle's (neighbor) and his first, a russian and an indian, a redhead, Lady Malvern, Lady Margaret, Lady Shelhurst phew). Loved the fact that he felt he had to repent, and he sort of did.A [...]

    17. Read due to yet another false "just like Georgette Heyer" recommendation. Nothing like as good as Georgette Heyer, but then, what is? It started off well and Prudence's uncle was very entertaining throughout, but it just wasn't funny enough otherwise. Prudence was indeed naive and held rather confusing and contradictory views on what women could and should expect. Dammler wasn't very likeable; I know he was supposed to develop and change his ways, but he still seemed extremely immature to me. (N [...]

    18. The banter between the Heroine and hero (H/h) was great. I so wish I could think of such witty things to say irl. :)I found both the H and h were very likeable, the minor characters (mainly Uncle Clarence) were very funny and the plot was believable as was the romance that grew between the H/h.My only quibble was with the last bit of the story - the arguing between the H and h grew tiresome but I could see where the author was going with it. All in all, a really enjoyable read and I will definit [...]

    19. The book jacket reviews refer to Joan Smith as the Canadian Georgette Heyer (who was hailed as a 20th century Jane Austen), but she doesn't come close to the master for matching interesting plots and characters. I felt Prudence was too wishy washy and the hero was too much of a rake and an idiot for me to like. Some of the talk of the ton was too "warm" for my tastes.

    20. Loved this. Very much in the same writing style as Georgette Heyer. Her characters were fantastic and I wish I could meet them in real life. Particularly the uncle. He was so absurd that you looked forward to the scenes he was in and almost wished you could know more about his background.

    21. My interest started to wane towards the end (the Bath segment, to be specific), when it felt like misunderstandings and stilted conversations were becoming endless, but for the most part, I really enjoyed this one. Loved the hero and heroine, loved the secondary characters.

    22. Great dialogue, wonderfully witty, a keeper. Justifiably considered one of the best Regencies of all time.

    23. Eccentric supporting characters, funny scenes, great unlikely friendship to romance.For my full review: regrom/2016/02/08/joan

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