Mini Review: Miss Bannerman and the Duke by Fenella J. Miller

This book was provided by the author’s publisher via my lady Blodeuedd’s excellent blog in return for an honest review. I haven’t been compensated for writing the said review in any way and the fact that the book came free of charge didn’t influence me either.  

Book form: e-book pdf format
Genre: historical romance (like 5% historical, 95% romance)
Target audience: women and girls who like pink dresses


Two young sisters are climbing a tree when their older brother brings some male friends home. Each of those guests catches one girl helping them to descent. Later on they marry. Oh, and in-between there are some balls to be attended and different outfits to be described and ruined. And jewellery. You can dance a waltz only with your betrothed in order not to scandalize the ladies of the ton. Isn’t this rule rather silly?

Good girl review:

It was a sweet read, more a longer novella than a short novel, about twin girls who get exactly those husbands they dream of. Amelia is a golden-haired angel and she is paired with a more flashy but poorer guy; still she fancies him a lot. I think the buyer’s regrets will come in time. ;p Rosamond is a bit of a tomboy and an original so she scores higher – the Duke of Essex, no less, a fine gent in his prime who understands her like no other and is filthy rich. Have I mentioned their mutual understanding yet? Awwww…and horses, do not let me forget their horses…you know it is a match made in heaven when your horse falls for the horse of your partner, right? Pour some pink champagne and say it with me in unison: awww…

Bad girl review:

Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” would be a perfect soundtrack here, perhaps with a dash of Behemoth. No story. There was simple no story – just balls and dresses and every Jill gets her Jack as soon as possible or even sooner without major complications or problems. Insta-love is rampant and I haven ‘t found any significant character development whatsoever. Apart from the horses, mentioned above, the book also features a homeless puppy found in the park – vermin- infested but what are those servants for, right? My inner Punk yawned and swore, my inner Goth went out looking for a vampire to share a pint of blood. Without the Magic Flute of Mr. Mozart (more precisely the Queen of Night aria “Der Hölle Rache”) I wouldn’t be able to finish it. Fortunately it was short. Just ten repetitions and I was almost at the end. Still…”Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen; Tod und Verzweiflung flammet um mich her!…”

The quote that sums it all:

“The Duke of Essex was no longer proud and disdainful and Rose Bannerman was no longer prejudiced and wild. True love, as it always does, had changed them both.”

My foot! Even Miss Jane Austen would give a very polite snort.

Final verdict:

Bad girl wins – I didn’t enjoy this one but I love Mozart.

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9 Responses to Mini Review: Miss Bannerman and the Duke by Fenella J. Miller

  1. heidenkind says:

    LOL This sounds… I have no words. I don't think I would have made it, even if it was short. 😛

  2. Blodeuedd says:

    You evil thing ;)I will post this on Saturday since I will spend 10 hours in a car that day, and 7 hours listening to a boring lecture

  3. Anachronist says:

    @ heidenkind – I am sometimes surprised myself how understanding and patient I can be with a bad book…@Blodeuedd – yes, I am evil as well, I must admit. 10 hours in a car? Oh dear, sounds like a torture…not to mention that boring lecture afterwards *hug*

  4. SusiSunshine says:

    LOL oh my….at least the review made me laugh. 😉

  5. I call that sort of stuff porn for women.

  6. rameau says:

    But the horses! Think of the horses. I think I'll stay away though before I develop an allergy to the overly sweet.

  7. Anachronist says:

    @ Susi – my pleasure!@The Red Witch – you are perfectly right. Actually I would rather it was a real porn. @rameau – I did think of the horses. It didn't improve my opinion. I had to eat Salmiakki while reading it actually.

  8. Aurian says:

    Lol Ana, you really made me laugh. Thanks for the review, I don't think this will ever appear on my wishlist, even if I did like short stories.

  9. Anachronist says:

    My pleasure, Aurian – I like making people laugh!

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