oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne) wrote,
oracne - Victoria Janssen

Jean Ross Ewing, ILLUSION

I'm reading Jean Ross Ewing's Illusion, a historical romance novel from the mid-1990s, and am most amused by its homages to Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond books, particularly the ones featuring Francis Crawford's relationship with Philippa Somerville. The angstful, brilliant hero has Secret Pain beneath Public Decadence and Depravity, and frequently quotes literature (usually the Bible) when he speaks [sound familiar?]. The smitten yet very practical heroine is an English woman who grew up in India and ended up being trained in many arts by the women of a maharaja's household after her father's death, though never actually being with a man; she is named Frances. It's full of intense emotion; also, chimneys are very important, which made me think of Dorothy Sayers' Busman's Honeymoon.

I put off reading this for a long time because "harem" stories annoy me, but little did I know I would actually be reading Lymond AU fanfic!  I laugh and laugh.  If you've read the Lymond books, you would likely laugh and laugh, too.  I am quite entertained. 
Tags: historical, romance

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