The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar WildeBlurb

Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gwendolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack’s ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend, the girls to fight for Ernest’s undivided attention and the “Ernests” to claim their beloveds, pandemonium breaks loose.

Only a nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!

My Perspective

I actually read this because i was impatiently awaiting April 1 so i could read Draekora, the third book in The Medoran Chronicles. I’d seen the movie with Colin Firth so knew the general story line however i actually didn’t realise it was written as a play!

The story is about two young gentlemen friends who get themselves in a bit of a pickle when their fictional alter egos fall in love, their lovers think their names are Ernest and they won’t accept a lover with any other name.

The characters are all equally lovable as well as irritating, which works well for the story.

I couldn’t help but giggle all the way through the story, knowing what was coming yet still laughing like it was a complete surprise.

Obviously as the story was written in 1899, the language is a bit heavy however like I’ve said before, i don’t mind that at all. Also as it was written in the format of a play, some might find it stilted because it doesn’t flow like a novel however I’ve read quite a few plays and i don’t really even notice it anymore.

Overall i thoroughly enjoyed reading The Importance of Being Ernest and it was a nice, quick read that left me unhindered to start reading Draekora as soon as it was released. I would definitely recommend it if you like classics and comedy.

A Delightful Arrangement by Cecilia Gray

A Delightful Arrangement by Cecilia GrayBlurb

Phillip has a duty to marry Francesca. He has always protected his former neighbor and childhood companion, and now that she is of marriageable age, he will give her what she needs most – a real home where she is welcome and wanted.

Unfortunately for him….she is done with being dutiful.

After years of being an obedient daughter to a hateful father, Francesca jumps into her first Season. Francesca is ready to dance every dance, flirt with every bachelor and snatch what she wants most – a man she loves who will make her swoon.

Unfortunately for her…he now sees making her swoon as his duty, too.

And Phillip takes his duties very seriously.

My Perspective

As i mentioned in The Christmas Bake Off by Abby Clements, i am reading short stories to break up reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. This is book 1 of the Gentlemen Next Door series by Cecilia Gray.

It was a free eBook that i downloaded however from the beginning i was a little perturbed because in the acknowledgements it said; “Monica – thank you for the sexy bits. Seriously.” Immediately my radar went up.

I began reading and nothing was crossing my lines however even though there weren’t necessarily steamy sex scenes happening, everything felt very sexual. Anyway i know this is terrible, however i started to skim read to see if later on there was a sex scene (that sounds awful, like i’m looking for the sex scenes – which i am but it’s to avoid reading them!) and i was correct, one of the later chapters was a very steamy sex scene (basically the whole chapter and as it’s a novella, the story is only a few chapters long!). So I’m afraid that i stopped right there.

I can’t really review her novella, however i will say one thing. I felt like the whole story was revolving around sexual tension (i did properly read two chapters). It wasn’t just a book with a sex scene in it, it was a steamy book – not my cup of tea. I can handle a bit of sexiness but when it’s the essence of the book – no.

Well, i guess back to Anna Karenina 😉