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  •  The thing about Jane Feather is that she writes (4+ / 0-)

    very much better than the average writer in that genre.  She provides interesting bits of history in her novels, and I like that. Also, being English to begin with, she isn't afflicted with the horrifying tone-deafness of American writers who think they're writing Regency or Georgian romances.

    These American writers blithely ignore both vocabulary and cadence.  They have 19th-century heroines telling the butler to serve "dessert" (in England it's referred to as "pudding") and have the characters "fixing a cup of tea."  English people do not "fix a cup of tea."  Upper-class English ask the butler to serve tea in the salon or drawing room.  Working-class characters brew a pot of tea or make a cup of tea.

    I can't enjoy books when the vocabulary is so blatantly off-key. I suppose they'd have Moses nuking a sirloin in the microwave if they were writing about Biblical times.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 04:57:58 AM PDT

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