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  1. says:

    I adore these old trads, with the great story their pack in such a small book, and Lady Sparrow with it s wit and charm is just plain delightful with a somewhat sad back story, but it just showcased the strength of the young heroine Minerva Caldwell, whose been used as a pawn by her father and later her husband s family but no when she learns about her husband s many illegitimate children that takes her own a road that could either break or heal her heart Along the ride is a fun hero who sets out to help Mina any way he can Lord Lowell is oh so sweet, being a rare bespectacled hero, and smart and doesn t fall back on his rank of being the son of a Duke, but stands on his own two feet as an investigator The story is sweet and charming with not alot of angst, the villain is stale but he was of a background figure with Lowell and Mina being center stage as the gather information and track down the children A real fun and relaxing trad regency to curl up with any day.

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    Of the handful of Metzgers I ve devoured, this one is my very favorite Granted, it s not unusual for me to fall in love with the less popular books by popular authors, so take my gushing with a few grains of salt I gravitated towards Metzger s books because I love humor in my romances In fact, I NEED humor in my romances, and will hastily cast aside grim, self serious books which seem to forget that romances can contain actual joy and fun to counterbalance the usual angst That said, Metzger s usual brand of zany, madcap humor can sometimes cross that thin line from amusing to borderline ridiculous, sometimes making it hard to take her characters and their alleged feelings for each other the least bit seriously So this book proved a true find without sacrificing any of her trademark wit, cleverness and joie de vivre, Metzger gives us a story with a dash less screwball madness and a little emotional heft We still get comedic situations and hilariously colorful secondary characters, but there s raw heart and even pathos What we lose in wild farce, we than make up for with characters whose emotions and connection seems far real My primary complaint about previous Metzger novels is that the heroes are all either maddeningly clueless, the rakiest rakes who ever raked, or condescending older men who feel compelled to continually talk some sense into our headstrong heroines So imagine my delight upon meeting Lowell, a sweet and smart beta ish hero who proved by far the most lovable and wish I had one of Metzger s creations And our heroine, Mina, is wonderfully independent and smart admirable in ways that are relatable rather than unrealistic, and neither too eye rollingly naive nor too sassy and jaded I adored both of them and fully bought into their genuine connection with each other, which is far from a given for me when I read this author For those who value Metzger for her comedic escapism, I can t stress enough that this book is still generally light and amusing it s just a little less absurd, and therefore memorable and satisfyingat least to this reader

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    Lady Sparrow is a widow, thank you very much, and not displeased about it Sold to a peer by her ambitious father, betrayed by the man she elopes with, and married to a pox ridden older Earl with a nasty nephew as heir, she would be happy to jettison the male portion of the human race Just one problem, she s found out that her husband has left a plethora of illegitimate sons around, about six or maybe nine Most importantly the son that she thought died at birth might be alive Since she has a conscience and money than she knows what to do with, she is going to make good for all of her dead husband s children if she can find them.Lady Sparrow heads to London and gets help from a bespectacled peer turned detective and the shenanigans and low key love affair begin Sounds kind of drab, sordid and possibly boring No, as usual Barbara Metzger peppers her story with sly and insanely arid humor, and a population of crazy secondary characters There is the battle of the butlers, the ever increasing pool of large nosed illegitimate sons of the Earl ranging in age from three to twenty five, a matchmaking Duchess, and Merlin the dog Metzger s humor is blink and you can miss it No bodice ripping, no emotive heartfelt confessions of love, no angst Her heroines are plucky, practical and adorable and are usually confused by the inanity of the ridiculous rules that govern their society, but they go with it because what else is there to do The heroes can range from arrogant to friendly to downright rakish, but they always fall fast and hard for the heroines, and often than not there is a fun dog involved Lady Sparrow is good but not Metzger s best, a few are Miss Lockharte s Letters, An Angel for the Earl, Lord Heartless, Snowdrops and Scandalbroth willaful noted in one of her reviews that one of Metzger s books would make a great 30 era screwball comedy which is the best comparison I could think of Here are some pics from one of my favorite movies that falls under 30s screwball, Theodora Goes Wild

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    Darker read than the usual BM stories Oh, there is plenty of the author s trademarks engaging plot, humorous one liners, charming protagonists, and, of cause, there is her usual staple starchy but enduring butler, some droll secondary characters, mischievous shaggy mutt getting in everybody s way But the first 15% dedicated to the heroine s background was definitely disturbing and heart wrenching Introduction of our hero shortly after, saved it from becoming all doom and gloom and brought a much needed lightness.Seventeen year old Minerva was a pawn in the hands of her power hungry father He wanted a title for his only child, and he wanted the government contracts such a connection could bring to his shipbuilding enterprise And Harold Sparr, Earl of Sparrowdale, would fit the bill It didn t matter that the lord was lecherous, disease ridden gamester old enough to be Minerva s grandfather None of it was important than his stated ambitions Horrified by the prospect, Minerva escaped to Scotland with a young man who professed to love her But the elopement, although consummated, didn t deter the father or the lord from invalidating the marriage and forcing Minerva to wed the lord Now Minerva, Lady Sparrow, is twenty three, a countess, an heiress, and a widow She is done with men ruling and ruining her life Now, she told herself, now she had to spread her wings Before she could do it, she needed to resolve puzzling discrepancies in the estate bank funds secret withdrawals The purpose of these bank withdrawals was evident very shortly It appeared that her late husband fathered a number of illegitimate children, all of whom he was caring for in a rather haphazard fashion.Determined to help these children and to provide a better life for them, Minerva needs to find them first But how is to accomplish the task, which would not only require a talent of finding a needle in a haystack but a secrecy to boot Why, hire a respected private slew of cause The slew, Mr Lowell Merrison, is actually Lord Merrison, a courtesy title for a second son of a duke Disliking the idea of being his brother s pensioner, Lowell works as a successful private investigator So, Minerva and Lowell joined forces and embarked on a mission of finding the missing children, solving mystery and secrets, and discovering friendship and love along the way.This was a very satisfying read.I love love the hero He is such a charming, delightful, honorable and kind man who brings a much needed lightness to Minerva as well as to the story And he is a perfect complement to Minerva who, despite of her horrible experiences in life, is wonderfully independent, strong, smart and loving There is no sex in the story but the sexual tension, the chemistry between the characters is palpable There are no annoying misunderstandings no long inner monologues that go on and on Instead, we have a very well developed character driven story where relationship grows believably to its very deserving conclusion.

  5. says:

    Unlike most of Ms Metzger s books that I have read before, this one is slow paced and need a bit of pushing to finish ithmmmm

  6. says:

    I LOVED this story It s not as comedic as some of Metzger s books, but there are some droll scenes In my view, it is not precisely dark, but it is based on some dark deeds that occured in the past, before the book began I loved the sexy interaction between Minerva Lady Sparrow and the bespectacled aristocratic detective she hires, Lord Lowell She hires him to track down her dead husband s illegitimate children, and her own beloved child that she thought had died at birth, some years ago I grinned at her staunch championship of these castaway children, and how the united children and teens bonded into a family It was fun to see how Metzger named the kids, according to a theme Some sexy spots throughout Such a sexy ending, too But not explicit, mostly fade to black.For only 230 pages, Metzger weaves a complete story, with no loose ends and a very satisfying conclusion.

  7. says:

    2.5 stars

  8. says:

    It isn t a memorable Regency romance Barbara Metzger isn t Georgette Heyer, but still, I really enjoyed Miss Lockharte s Letters and I liked a few other books The main concept in Lady Sparrow is interesting But, it isn t good used I couldn t stop thinking how Heyer would have written it I think, that thanks to these thoughts I have enjoyed reading Unfortunately, Metzger wrote a simple Regency romance with a little humour.It isn t bad but I would not recommend it, because there are many good Regency romances.

  9. says:

    The beginning was very promising The heroine is looking for the missing children of her late husband and her own child Unfortunately I lost interest when the first two children were introduced in the story Neither true romance nor true mystery.

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    My thanks to fellow reviewer Mountaineer for bringing this Metzger book to my attention I ve read a lot of Metzger Regencies through the years and somehow this one fell through the cracks for me and that was a shame But better late than never What an admirable couple Metzger supplies as her hero and heroine Adorable heroine Mina Minerva Caldwell, daughter of a rich cit shipbuilder, has been put upon all her life by men First there was her domineering father, whom she tried to escape by eloping to Scotland with Ninian Rourke, his estate manager Father and the old, creepy Earl of Sparrowdale, the titled man her father intends to marry her to, catch up with the eloping couple, pay off that weasel Ninian, who disappears forever, and bring Mina back to marry the earl, not caring that the handfast marriage had been consummated.Fast forward 5 years Mina s son, the result of that elopement, had died at birth and Mina has been the wealthy widow of the Earl of Sparrowdale for 7 months Much of her wealth comes also when she inherits her father s business upon his death Mina discovers that that miserable earl had been spending the past 20 or so years in a competition to see how many by blows he could produce, all by deceiving the potential mothers into false marriages There are many children as a result and Mina wants to find them to take care of them in her own little Foundling Home, as it were.Enter hero Lowell Merrison, beta bespectacled private investigator She hires him to find the by blows Turns out Lowell is Lord Lowell, as second son of a duke and now brother of the new duke Lolly is not content to live off an allowance but instead wants to earn his own way in the world So begins the partnership of Lady Sparrow and her P.I employee It s delightful and romantic and has a nice little mystery to boot.Believe it or not, although there is never anything explicit in this book, it has its sexy and romantic moments There is a scene in which Lolly is watching Mina having her portrait painted which is hotter, IMO, than scenes in many HRs where the H and h are skin to skin, having very hot sex.There are lots of interesting secondary characters, the requisite dog Metzger does love them so , an interesting mystery, some poignant moments, some funny ones It s a very complete and very enjoyable Regency Rating it in that category, it s a 5 star book.

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