Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Historical Review: Cloudy with A Chance of Marriage by Kieran Kramer

Cloudy with A Chance of Marriage by Kieran Kramer
Format: Kindle Edition
Genre: Historical
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperback (April 26,2011)

Her heart’s been under the weather.
Every woman dreams of saying “I do.” Jilly Jones did–and years of a deeply imperfect marriage followed. Now living in London and working in a charming bookshop, the free-spirited Jilly is perfectly content with her newfound independence…until she meets a dashing naval officer who sparks her longing for a real happily ever after.

Is new love in the forecast?
Captain Stephen Arrow is just home after years of service, and he’s in no hurry to give up his hard-won freedom. The meddlesome bluestocking Jilly Jones is exactly the kind of woman he doesn’t need…but something about her keeps drawing Stephen back to the bookshop. But will a scandalous chapter in Jilly’s past stand in the way of their heated attraction? For this bachelor, nothing is impossible….
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I loved it.

Review after the jump:

Kieran Kramer's 3rd installment of her Impossible Bachelors series appropriately titled Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage made me giggle, snort, chuckle, sigh, blush and gasp while reading it. This book is not even close to the children's book about food falling out of the sky. It's a love story (ok, scones and tea are as foodie as it gets). It'll make you laugh, cry, gasp and cheer the hero and heroine on to their HEA.

The Story: Captain Stephen Arrow, named by Prinny as 1 of 4 Impossible Bachelors, has sold off his commission and taken up his inheritance in a house on Dreare Street, right across from Hodgepodge, the bookstore owned by a certain Miss Jilly Jones. The street is constantly foggy and this contributes to the mood of the people who live on this street.

There is a hodgepodge (like that?) of people who live on the street including an artist, a single mother, an angry old lady, a bookseller and her flamboyant friend, and a dashing captain whose friends throw bags of water out of his second story window.&nbsp

Anyway, Jilly has a secret, Stephen wants to fix up his rickety old house and get out of dodge, and the owner of the land that Dreare Street sits on, has raised property taxes. This does not sit well with Jilly so she tries to rally the whole street into coming up with money before the month is over (since payment is due at the end of the month). Of course, a certain diary helped her with this idea: the street shall hold a street fair. This does not sit well with most of the tenants. But then, after some coaxing, they agree. Prinny agrees to come to the fair (after Jilly charms him into it at a ball) and all hell breaks loose. Oops!

The people gets the sads again. Then on top of that, they're told that the tax is due 3 days earlier than the original due date. Well, Jilly is determined to raise the funds come hell or high water. Or in this case, fog. Then *queue evil villain music* Jilly's secret is revealed. Stephen feels betrayed. And the game of will they/won't they ensues. And as for the rest, I shall leave you to find out dear reader.

5 Things About this Book (what I liked, didn't like, loved, didn't love, don't know how I feel about...)
  1. Jilly Jones- Jilly has a secret. A secret so big, it could ruin her HEA if she's not careful. She has run away and has set up a new life, with Otis, on Dreare Street. She pretends to be the woman Stephen is courting so he won't be leg shackled to some long lost relatives' daughter. Well, this sham doesn't last long. It becomes a little too real. It's a game of will she/won't she allow Stephen to wiggle his way into her heart. 
  2. Captain Stephen Arrow- Oh Captain, my Captain. Where do I even begin? Stephen had me at hello. He's got a fun group of rowdy friends who throw bags of water off the second story window, high in the instep distant cousins who intrude his house and the most romantic thing to him is dancing a waltz. *sigh* 
  3. Otis- Where do I even begin? Otis is exactly the type of friend I would love to have. He is absolutely hilarious. He dresses flamboyantly and his signature piece of clothing are his bedazzled shoes. Otis has all the best lines. 
  4. Lady Duchamp- Debby Downer personified. And like Jilly, she's got a secret of her own. I had a like/dislike relationship with her through out the book. 
  5. Lady Tabitha- She is the resident Mean Girl. And boy did I want to slap her every time she showed up, whether at Hodgepodge, a ball or in the street. But since she's a Mean Girl, she'll get a comeuppance. So there! 

Favorite Quote:
    Miss Hartley had that look in her eye--the one that suggested she might already be halfway in love with him. He called it the Bedazzled Virgin look.
Overall: Oh Ms. Kramer, I cannot even begin to put into words, even though I did, how much I adore your Impossible Bachelors series. This book had me giggling, stifling laughter in a corner at Starbucks and once again, having to pack up and go home so I could let all my emotions out. It was indeed a roller coaster of emotions while reading this book. I just adore Ms. Kramer's use of quirky humor in her books and her play on words with her book titles set her books apart from the rest. If you haven't read the first two books of the Impossible Bachelors series, get thee to a bookstore. Like now! P.S. I cannot wait for Lumley's book, If You Give A Girl A Viscount (hope there's cookies involved).

**This book was pre-ordered and showed up on my Kindle a little after midnight on April 26th.**

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