This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Precious Jewel, A
Date of Review: 06/22/04
Oh, this is good. This is very good. One of Mary Balogh’s best! A wonderful novel filled with gentle sex, yearning, and poignancy. Balogh writes a painful story beckoning two discouraged people to break free from their lifeless serenity.
Destitute and alone Miss Priscilla Wentworth earns her living in a brothall. She accepts the condition of her life by shoving the ugliness into the far corners of her existence. Instinctively, Prissy reflects on life’s beauty – spring days, warm sunshine, and quiet walks – these reflections ease life’s cruelty.
Sir Gerald Stapleton endures his cynicism and wariness of women. For his pleasures, he visits the girls in the betrothal. His favorite is the pleasing Prissy. She is the only working girl who attends to his requirements effectively. So effectively Gerald Stapleton no longer wants to share her with every man dallying in the betrothal. Sir Stapleton makes Prissy an offer and she accepts – she will become his off-limits mistress.
Again Mary Balogh writes a brilliant story, provoking her reader’s emotions with wonderful storytelling. A fresh uniqueness flows through this book and allows the reader to view the life of a regency mistress. The enduring submissiveness and availability she gives. The mocking disdain and ridicule she suffers. A well-written sensitivity abounds throughout.
This is a terrific romantic presentation well worth the secondhand price I paid! Exercising suave business sense, a prudent publisher would group Balogh’s regency romance stories and reissue them.
- Rating: A plus
- Sensuality: Ample love scenes filled with perception.