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Calhoun Chronicles: The Charm School (Paperback)

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Book 1 of the Calhoun Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs. <p></p> <i>Boston and Rio de Janeiro, 1851</i> <p></p>An awkward misfit in an accomplished Boston family, Isadora Peabody yearns to escape her social isolation and sneaks aboard the Silver Swan, bound for Rio, leaving it all behind. <p></p>Ryan Calhoun, too, had a good family name. But he'd purposely walked away from everything it afforded him. Driven by his quest to right an old wrong, the fiery, temperamental sea captain barely registers the meek young woman who comes aboard his ship. <p></p>To the Swan's motley crew, the tides of attraction clearly flow between the two. Teaching her the charms of a lady, they hope to build the confidence she needs to attract not only their lonely captain's attention, but his heart, as well. For everyone knows the greatest charms are not those of the formal lady, but rather the possibilities of a new world built on love. <p></p>A historical romance.

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Book 1 of the Calhoun Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs.

Boston and Rio de Janeiro, 1851

An awkward misfit in an accomplished Boston family, Isadora Peabody yearns to escape her social isolation and sneaks aboard the Silver Swan, bound for Rio, leaving it all behind.

Ryan Calhoun, too, had a good family name. But he'd purposely walked away from everything it afforded him. Driven by his quest to right an old wrong, the fiery, temperamental sea captain barely registers the meek young woman who comes aboard his ship.

To the Swan's motley crew, the tides of attraction clearly flow between the two. Teaching her the charms of a lady, they hope to build the confidence she needs to attract not only their lonely captain's attention, but his heart, as well. For everyone knows the greatest charms are not those of the formal lady, but rather the possibilities of a new world built on love.

A historical romance.Calhoun Chronicles: The Charm School (Paperback)

Specifications

Language
English
Series Title
Calhoun Chronicles
Publisher
Mira Books
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
408
Author
Susan Wiggs
Title
The Charm School
ISBN-13
9780778325048
Height
2.769
Publication Date
April, 2008
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
0778325040

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This book takes places...
This book takes places in 1850s Boston which is not a place or time period I usually choose for my historical romances. I was intrigued by the "ugly duckling" story line, and it paid off. It was really a joy to watch Isadora go from mousy, bumbling and invisible (but smart and funny) to confident, bold and comfortable in her own skin. I loved the voyage to Rio, and I am glad the voyage back to Boston was glossed over. I also liked the fact that the two main characters not only hated each other (mostly) on sight, but didn't immediately fall into one another's arms. Sure, it's all fairly predictable, but it's a romance novel. And great fun to read.
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Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
Ugly duckling Isadora ...
Ugly duckling Isadora signs on as a translator on skipper Ryan's voyage from Boston to Rio. Ryan is convinced that Isadora won't last the voyage, but she charms the crew and is a formidable companion even for him.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
This book takes places...
This book takes places in 1850s Boston which is not a place or time period I usually choose for my historical romances. I was intrigued by the "ugly duckling" story line, and it paid off. It was really a joy to watch Isadora go from mousy, bumbling and invisible (but smart and funny) to confident, bold and comfortable in her own skin. I loved the voyage to Rio, and I am glad the voyage back to Boston was glossed over. I also liked the fact that the two main characters not only hated each other (mostly) on sight, but didn't immediately fall into one another's arms. Sure, it's all fairly predictable, but it's a romance novel. And great fun to read.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
Ugly duckling Isadora ...
Ugly duckling Isadora signs on as a translator on skipper Ryan's voyage from Boston to Rio. Ryan is convinced that Isadora won't last the voyage, but she charms the crew and is a formidable companion even for him.
This book takes places in 1850s Boston which is not a place or time period I usually choose for my historical romances. I was intrigued by the "ugly duckling" story line, and it paid off. It was really a joy to watch Isadora go from mousy, bumbling and invisible (but smart and funny) to confident, bold and comfortable in her own skin. I loved the voyage to Rio, and I am glad the voyage back to Boston was glossed over. I also liked the fact that the two main characters not only hated each other (mostly) on sight, but didn't immediately fall into one another's arms. Sure, it's all fairly predictable, but it's a romance novel. And great fun to read.
Ugly duckling Isadora signs on as a translator on skipper Ryan's voyage from Boston to Rio. Ryan is convinced that Isadora won't last the voyage, but she charms the crew and is a formidable companion even for him.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

This book takes places...

This book takes places in 1850s Boston which is not a place or time period I usually choose for my historical romances. I was intrigued by the "ugly duckling" story line, and it paid off. It was really a joy to watch Isadora go from mousy, bumbling and invisible (but smart and funny) to confident, bold and comfortable in her own skin. I loved the voyage to Rio, and I am glad the voyage back to Boston was glossed over. I also liked the fact that the two main characters not only hated each other (mostly) on sight, but didn't immediately fall into one another's arms. Sure, it's all fairly predictable, but it's a romance novel. And great fun to read.

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A read this on a depre...

A read this on a depressing day when I really needed some optimism and escape. It was great to lose myself in a well written and entertaining historical. I like Susan Wigg's writing and look forward to seeing her at the RWAustralia conference in August 2011.

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ugly duckling. though ...

ugly duckling. though the main guy wasn't that hot. i mean, he's a ginger and he wear garish outfits. but i love the story.

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If there were any flaw...

If there were any flaws in this story, I was too caught up in the characters (particularly the heroine) to notice what they were.

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I really enjoyed this ...

I really enjoyed this book. I reminds me of an old Bette Davis movie classic - young unattractive woman blossoms while out from under her family's thumb (including the time in South America!). I enjoyed the character development. I hated the ending. It seemed like the deadline loomed for finishing the book and I found the ending to be silly, implausible, etc. I hate to give things away. By all means, read this book, and I hope you find the ending more satisfying than I did. (This is a romance, so our hero and heroine do find a way...)

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