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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Indiscretion by Jude Morgan. Indiscretion by Jude Morgan. When your father is a man juve expensive tastes and schemes but very little money, you soon learn to make do. So when Captain Fortune, a well-meaning but profligate ex-soldier in Regency England, tells his daughter Indiscrettion that they are ruined, she automatically starts seeking employment as a governess.

Her father, however, has far grander designs for Miss Fortune. Catling, the rich, fierce widow of her father’s old colonel. Catling amuses herself by tormenting her relatives and servants, Caro resolves to make the best of the situation, and soon her beauty and intelligence attract the attentions of male admirers. Surrounded by people kndiscretion an alarming readiness to reveal each other’s confidences, Caroline is exasperated to find herself implicated in their indiscretions.

But will Miss Fortune be able to avoid losing her reputation without losing her juds And will she find at least one good man amongst the genteel set who will take her side, and, indeed, her fancy?

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Lists with This Book. Fans of Regency romance, especially if you love Jane Austen. Recommended to Anne by: Books like this are jndiscretion reason I read and love Regency romance. They enable me to really escape to a different time and place, and to lose myself completely in the story.

Indiscretion is so well-written and well crafted together, that it is more than just a good Regency novel; it’s a masterpiece. This is the kind of book that will become a classic, forever analyzed and admired by readers. Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer would be proud of the wonderful characters, exclaim at the witty repartee an Books like this are the reason I read and love Regency romance.

Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer would nude proud of the wonderful characters, exclaim at the witty repartee and delight in the romance. Jude Morgan is definitely one extremely talented writer! The story centers on young Miss Caroline Fortune, a sensible and level-headed woman, who has been brought up by her dissipated father, and finds herself hired as companion to an old crusty lady when her father’s financial situation becomes desperate.

Because of her upbringing indiscrtion moving constantly, fleeing creditors, being exposed to rough language and indisdretion behaviour, and living in poorer parts of town – Caroline is very worldly, and very independent.

If morga had been possible for a woman to jjude completely by herself in the Regency era, Caroline would have done it. She is smart, quick-witted and resourceful. I was in constant amazement and admiration of her during the whole book. She was so strong. Caroline’s world forever changes when she mirgan the position of companion to Mrs. Catling, and is swept away in Brighton high society.

From then, her life unwillingly becomes a series of entanglements and secrets, as most of her new acquaintances are quick to bestow unwanted confidences upon her, and she must bear them all and idniscretion her utmost to keep a neutral front. Caroline does suffer her fair share during the course of mogran novel, and many, many times I was sure she inddiscretion break down and have a good crying fit, but aside from shedding a few natural tears over the death of her father not a spoiler, he dies early onshe never did.


Does that make her heartless and unfeeling? I morgaan her even more when she was able to control her emotions so well and bear the weight of all the accusations bestowed upon her. For, as quick as people were to bestow confidences upon her, so were they to jump to hasty conclusions and blame her whenever their secrets became known or when things turned awry.

And in the midst of it all, Caroline, with her unfailing countenance and brave face, only emerged from it all stronger in the end. Sure, she had her angry moments, and since she had a quick tongue and a varied cursing repertoire, she sometimes unleashed her frustration by saying things like: The world needs more people liker her.

I will be honest, as much as I love Jane Austen, her books are very, very, very slow It had its slow moments, to be sure, but some parts had me reading so fast and gripping the pages frantically in suspense! Maybe that has to do with the fact that I usually peek in books and this time Indiacretion didn’t It was an exciting read, but at the same time it was serious and had many deep passages that invited to reflection and analysis.

If I hadn’t been so lazy, I would have marked them as I read, but I didn’t, and now I don’t feel like browsing the book for example ; Just go read it, you won’t regret it! And the romance, heavens be praised! Indixcretion subtle, and yet so beautiful! The hero is just He’s teasing, exasperating, stuck-up, annoying, unconventional, funny, and it spite of it all he’s one of my top favourites, and just such a PERFECT match for the heroine.

I love sparring couples ; And he is not handsome, rich, rakish, a nonesuch, or anything of the kind. He’s just him, juxe he’s perfect for this book, perfect for Caroline, perfect for the reader to delight in.


Who mlrgan resist a man opposed to marriage because he is morgaj the woman of his dreams does not exist? It is unique, charming, endearing, and I will definitely re-read it many times! I loved that it was so different from all the other Regencies I have ever read. Mark my words, I would say, if I were the kind of intolerable person who says “Mark my words”! View all 63 comments. Jun 10, Hana rated it it was ok Shelves: This was about a one and a half star for me.

Several of my dear Goodreads friends loved this book and I understand why. The basic story concept is the beloved stuff of classic Regency romance–a young woman, raised by a well-born but dissolute, gambling father, is forced by his bankruptcy to seek employment with a nasty but wealthy old woman who gets her jollies by manipulating and abusing her staff and relatives. It’s a popular even hackneyed story-line because it highlights class and economic This was about a one and a half star for me.

It’s a popular even hackneyed story-line because it highlights class and economic differences in Regency England, it provides an opportunity for the reader to admire the heroine’s pluck, and it sets up the sort of rags-to-riches happy ending of which Regency genre fans are justly fond.

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I don’t want to spoil the book for those who loved it, but let me try to explain why it was hard-going for me and might be so for a few other readers. Much of the story is told in dialog. The dialog is forced to convey nearly all of the plot and character development, with next to no exposition and remarkably little description of place or person. Too much time is spent at endless dinners and teas where an over-large cast of characters discuss each other, what happened, what might happen, what they should indiscretipn tomorrow, why so-and-so did such-and-such.


We don’t even get good descriptions of the food and fashions always a redeeming quality IMO. The long stretches of dialog were made heavier by the absence of dialog tags.

What’s a dialog tag? In the absence of tags and description, the reader is left on her own to try to sort out a conversation while rendered essentially blind and deaf. Caroline Fortune Miss Fortune, get it?

Hints are dropped that she knows rather more about gambling hells and hangover cures than most gently-bred Regency females, but, alas, the author never spends enough time on Caroline’s life with her father for this interesting aspect to be developed. We do get to see that her father has indulged his own appetites at her expense–for example she seems to have only two well-worn dresses to her name. We also discover that she has been subject to at least one fairly public humiliation–having been forced to leave her elite school in mid-term due to lack of money.

Such a complex and painful background normally leaves scars and might have been highlighted in moving ways in the next section when Caroline leaves her father to take up her new post with the harridan. Her new position comes with a dress allowance and the first stop is the milliner to order a wardrobe befitting her new role. But we never get to go to the milliner or see the dresses, we never get to feel Caroline’s wonder and delight–and surely such a young woman would feel that way.

Nor do we ever get to feel any of the other complex emotions that might go along with this scenario: Here is a young woman being outfitted at an upscale London shop by an elderly woman, a total stranger, and presumably molded to suit her employer’s sense of style and deportment. Surely it would have felt odd; it might even have been painful or humiliating.

But this promising moment is given no more than a half sentence. There are, in fact, remarkably few emotional moments, not even as she parts from her father; Caroline and her employer are simply packed off to Brighton without incident or illumination. Once in Brighton I would have expected Caroline’s odd background to cause more trouble that it did. And I would certainly have expected her employer to give her more grief and humiliation.

Schooled by her gambling father, Caroline supposedly plays a very mean game of whist and other far less respectable card games.

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What a promising set-up for gossip and nasty pointed remarks about how adroitly Caroline shuffles a deck of cards! What a delicious opportunity for her to spot card-sharps and turn tables!

What opportunities for dangerous liaisons! Total indiwcretion on her card-playing skills and their reception in polite society.

Another missed novelistic opportunity. Caroline seems to slip into Brighton society and her new role with little comment or mishap.