Rsonality to wear such striking colorsYou know you are knee #Deep In Vintage Small Town #in vintage small town village romancelandia when the tartan outfit comes out of the closet to be worn non ironically and before punk made it cool I kid I kid I actually love tartan but thought I am part of an xclusive nerd club that likes the vintage tartan look I remember visiting friends in Scotland when I was little and my mom bought some fabric and made me a bright red tartan skirt with oversize pin Oh my I thought I was a princess That was my Sunday Best outfit for as many years as I could sueeze into
It Anyways Back To The Anyways back to the the tarty tartan outfit succeeds in impressing the hero who completely salivates at the sight of the heroine s bold fashion statement Score Daniel hadn t
said a word about her outfit but the a word about her outfit but the he looked at her kindled that same feeling in the pit of her stomach which she had On Such a Full Sea experienced the night beforeI think we d better make a move he said huskily verbally confirming his reaction to her Otherwise I might be tempted to forget that we ve agreed to take things slowlyBOOM chicka pow chicka pow chicka pow wow Behold the seductive powers of the tartanI wish the rest of the story had held up to this wonderful beginning but it was just mired in the typical over the top Great Big Terrible Misunderstandings Vampy OW shenanigans straight out of All My Children and an unlikable stupid heroine who gave me a migraine One star for the tartan and one star for the tapestry weaving I would have given a third star for the cat Cluny but unfortunately he wasn tnough of a presence in the story to warrant it Oh fine maybe 2 12 stars then It s back to the 1990s for this classic romance from the late great Penny Jordan As romances go this one I really Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! enjoyed and it really was very representative of the author at the height of her powers despite the slightly ridiculous premise for the story which is as followsJessica whose father is the chairman of a bank andxpecting Jessica to follow him into this role is a big disappointment to her parents because a she s not a boy and b she s only interested in needlework and mbroidery and banking doesn t float her boat you can t really blame her although one of those multi million pound bonuses for wasting other folks money would be nice After she s involved in an xtremely traumatic bank robbery she throws in the towel and goes and hides in the country and makes Mastered (The Enforcers, embroidery cushions to sell in a local craft shop in addition to doing specialist repair work on tapestries avoiding her parents like the plague as they keep trying to trick her back into banking I m not sure how they would do this but Jessica seems to believe they are out to get her As a result she avoids anyone who knows her parents and tries to live as uietly as possibleUnfortunately Jessica is something of a magnet for violent criminals andnds up in a post office raid in the village shop Enter Daniel the alpha hero who saves her from the armed robber and then insists on looking after her while she gets over it You can guess what his idea of looking after her is and it wouldn t normally be recommended by your normal GP if you were suffering from bruised limbs Anyway Jessica falls for Daniel straightaway and there follows around forty or so stilted pages of what would probably be termed a conventional courtship but is a bit painful in the context of a Mills and Boon Just when you re thinking oh for goodness sake get it over with and stop obsessing about when is the right time to have sex with him she learns from a spiteful cousin that Daniel is a tool of her father s and is now a partner in her Dad s bank If she marries him which bizarrely after a period of 24 hours she is on the cusp of doing he will inherit the bank and she can stay at home and produce future heirs Thinking she s been tricked she scuttles off with her tapestries again until the ultimate and unsurprising happy Man, Son of Man endingThere were some problems with this book it s not the subtlest of tales Forxample when she tells him that he s packed if she finds out that he knows her parents the reader immediately realises that it s INEVITABLE he s going to know her father particularly given his profession The hero also insists on treating Jessica like a child throughout the text which if I was Jessica would be reason nough to send him packing However Jessica is a flawed character vulnerable just like some of Jordan s best characters and I think the childadult relationship is intended to show Jessica s journey to a mature and balanced relationship with her parents The sex scenes were sizzling although I ve got to say it was very familiar I do think that Jordan might just have recycled one there from a previous book but then if I d written as many books as Jordan I d be recycling too Overall I njoyed this one definitely worth a look if you are a Jordan fan This started out so charming The heroine with her past trauma view spoiler Not rape thank goodness but a victim of a bank robbery and subseuent kidnapping trauma hide spoiler. Els in love with Daniel Hayward Rich attractive and successful just the sort of man her parents would have chosen for her He told her he loved her but could Jessica trust Rather dated now too Mills Boon love a neurotic this
time has her reasons heroine and an conomistbanker hero who just she has reasons heroine and an conomistbanker hero who just our her father s bank Heroine is recovering in the countryside after pushing herself to get a finance degree so she could follow in her family s footsteps at the bank After being kidnapped at the bank the heroine realizes she has to get away from her family and pursue her dream of restoring and creating tapestries The Hh meet when the heroine is a bystander at yet another Re Time to Trust Penny Jordan is back with the other Feb 1991 theme in HPlandia h s who are masters at tapestry restoration This h was supposed to follow in her father s footsteps and become a banker To be fair she tried to do her duty as she saw it mostly to make up for the fact that she was born a girl and not a boy cause she has overheard her father bewail that fact a few times while growing upBut really our introspective and sensitive h has always been much drawn to the artistic side of life Uncommon Wisdom especially anything from the ornate Carolean or Restoration via Charles II Period and herventual rebellion was probably irrevocably fated when the h fell in love with a fluffy lush red velvet dress as a little girl and her conservative restrained Unseen City expression mother made her get olive colored Viyella an old skool cotton wool blend that just doesn t have the plush feel of lux velvet instead What really sealed the deal on the h s utter rejection of high finance and a London life style as her father s bank replacement was when she went in to work while she was a bank associate in training and walked right into the middle of a heist One of the other girlsmployed by the bank Art encouraged the robbers to hurt the h instead of the othermployees as she was the chairman s daughter Talk about vicious office politics and no mployee loyalty The thieves kidnapped the h as insurance for their scape and left the h tied up and hanging off a pipe for several hours in an abandoned warehouse The h had huge mental moment and refused to return to the bank Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard even tho her father was insistent she take her rightful place and follow his planned destiny for her There was also the option of marrying a parental approved suitable man and producing a legacy grandson for the father instead but the h took her fate into her own hands and moved to a little village outside of Bath and began work as a tapestry artist Really her kidnapping was a blessing in disguise for this meek and mild little soulThe h hasn t had much contact with her parents after making her grandscape she feels that The Matriarchs (The Family every time she talks with them they are trying to manipulate her back into her old life She doesn t want it besides thextreme PTSD of the robbery and kidnapping her parents don t seem to get that she is an introvert She doesn t like London she doesn t like socializing and parties and she doesn t want to be tied down after her Notes for the Everlost escape from so many years of duty and obligation Sure this h is rather paranoid about not mixing with her parents but I understood it The h loves her parents she just doesn t like their lives and they don t seem to comprehend that she is different So she hides outside of Bath and makes beautiful tapestries in lush lovely colors no drab olive Viyella for her thank you The best part of it is that she can blame her kidnapping on the lifestyle change which means she doesn t have to confront or argue with her parents or criticize their rejected values So the h has a little period cottage that she has done up to her baroue heart s content and a cute little cat named Cluny named after the famous Unicorn and Lady tapestries Unfortunately Cluny doesn t share the h s non violence to all living things philosophy Cluny is an adorable single solitary predator who feels bad for her roomie s lack of acceptable hunting skills so Cluny helps her out and brings home somextra offerings for the h s kibble bowl sometimes The h does her best to accept these dead furry offerings with the appropriate appreciation for Cluny s talent but needless to say it is a bit trying for the h some days Overall tho life is a bowl of cherries with unexpected fur bits and research into vibrant vegetable dyesUntil the h goes to the local village post office one morning and meets the Tall Rich Dark and very Handsome H who has recently bought a Carolean house in the village that needs a lot of restoration She and the H are struck by the Coup de Foudre when the H asks for the name of her Restoration builder craftsman Then a robber hits the post office and the h has a meltdown when she sees his gun and passes out The H saves the day and the h by grabbing the gun and disarming the would be robber The h gets a shoulder injury from the incident and the H decides he will see her home and take care of her What follows is three days of insta lurve while maintaining the h s unicorn petting status The h has made it very clear to the H that she likes to keep herself isolated and has louently conveyed her fears of her parent s manipulations an. Jessica launched herself on a new careerShe firmly believed that she had put the traumas of the past successfully behind herYet some shadows still lingered and she feared .
D hence her parental avoidance But the H has something very important to tell the h as soon as he can get a moment without secondary character drama involving badly behaving and unskilled house restoration contractors Unfortunately for our H but happily for the book cause we have 40 pages left the h s Evil Jealous OW cousin shows up and congratulates the h on giving into her parent s maneuvering Our H has apparently become the h s father s heir to his banking mpire now that he is has successfully captured the h and thus the age old arranged marriage deal can now beginThe h is shell shocked and betrayed she told the H all about her distance from her parents and he lied to her when he said nothing about knowing them When the H returns the h is ready with her attack and the H admits he is now a partner with her father Instead of xplaining things tho and
really the h isn t listening all their angry passion over the destruction of trust leads to a major lurve mojothe h isn t listening all their angry passion over the destruction of trust leads to a major lurve mojo and no unicorn tapestries for the h The next morning the h decides that discretion is the better part of valor and takes herself off for some National Trust Restoration workHeartbroken and betrayed as she is the National Tapestries must be restored in a pretty snazzy house too so the h has time for a huge mopey moment in very legant historical surroundings Then the H hunts her down and the h calls him Judas and throws 29 pence at him for his betrayal So it is probably a good thing the h is out of banking cause not being able to count between 29 and 30 is probably not a good thing in asset management However the H is actually there cause the h s father has had a heart attack and is in hospital One desperate flight with the H later the h is reunited with her mother and father and the father looks like he is going to live Then mum Crush It! explains that the H bought the bank and plans to run it with the h s dad as a consulting partner The Evil Jealous OW cousin is actually a predatory stalker that puts Cluny s hunting skills to shame and she lied aboutverything in her uest to capture the H He doesn t like the Evil Stalker OW and words by both the H the h s father and her mother have had to be said to the foolish jealous OW stalker girlThe h is mortified and despondent and now has to go apologize to the H She goes to his derelict interior house and gets trapped on a sinking support post when part of the floor collapses The H arrives just in time to get the h to trust him Attracting Birds to Your Backyard enough jump into his waiting but frustrated arms and aftervading death once again the h and H avow Deep Listening eternal love together and share mutual apologies for not being bonded like super cement after knowingach other for four days and one boudoir xperience Then HPlandia rule 19 kicks in If there is a choice between a logical good choice or an impulsive scatterbrained by the seat of your pants I can t believe she did that option the h must ALWAYS choose the
if she REALLY wants her H official HEA xerting its magical super true love forever titanium bonding influence Cause in HPlandia it is only the literal leap into trust and love against all logical and sane reasoning that is going to get our h s to the big rosy glow H devotion momentOnce our h realized that and defied death itself to leap into the H s arms the big love moment was sealed forever and marriage kids and The Works of Saint Augustine explosive lurve club mojos are assured until HPlandia crashes with the Andromeda galaxy for this HP outing win and believable HEA This one got boring Our heroine Jessica is so afraid so timid so unwilling to connect with peopleven her own parents I finished it otherwise would give it one star Eh I love a sensitive heroine but not when she s Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone enjoying her own pathetic pity party for what seems like forever Jessica did have a goo Her interest in tapestry had come later when she knew about her subject She had spent a wonderful summer training at the Royal School of Needlework which had confirmed her conviction that her love of the craft meant that she wanted it to be far than merely a hobbyThis is why I love vintage Harleuins The world building and character uirks are so wonderfully weird I thought the tapestry theme had beenxhausted by Yvonne Whittal in her wonderful Magic of the Baobab but here it pops its My Teacher Is a Robot eccentric little head again in Penny Jordan s Time for Trust If I could only go back in time andnroll in the Royal School of Needlework instead of NYU I would be a content well adjusted citizen of the world today restoring medieval tapestries and decorating moldy English castles instead of an Supper Club emotionally unstable weirdo who wastes all day writing reviews on Goodreads Ah well She removed from the hanger a pleated woollen skirt in dark blue and green tartannlivened by bright red and yellow linesWith it went a soft yellow sweater and the sleeveless gilet which was the same dark blue as the skirt lined with the yellow of the sweaterThe outfit was completed by a scarf gloves and toning tightsAs she looked critically at her reflection she wondered if she had the right pe. Hat ven now her parents would somehow try to manipulate her and force her to return to the life style she'd rejectedThat's why it was surprising when she fell head over he.LATER IF SHE REALLY WANTS HER