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Rating: 2 out of 5.

Penelope by Anya Wylde

I hate giving a bad review when an author gives me a free copy of a book. But the author approached me because she thought I liked humorous Regency romances & I did message her back that I usually only like the incomparable Georgette Heyer‘s Regencies & that I was in a bit of a reading slump because of Lockdown. Ms Wylde still very kindly sent me a copy.

I had a problem almost immediately with the idea of a pet goat being kept in the house. (not a spoiler – Lady Bathsheba is introduced 3% in) I’ve owned two goats & I can tell you, no one in their right mind would keep a goat indoors! We got our first goat because the previous owner claimed Hoover had eaten all the washing off their clothesline. I’m sure that was an exaggeration. Hoover was only a kid then. As an adult, not only would he have been capable of eating an entire wash – he probably would have eaten the clothes line too! Fortunately (I guess) when he got off he found more appealing targets – our rose bushes, for example!

The other thing with goats is they defecate constantly – what my husband called hundreds & thousands – & their pooh really stinks. This isn’t to say that they aren’t great pets – our second goat, Petunia, was lovely – but they need to be kept outside with appropriate shelter. I have to say, I really started questioning my life choices, when on top of everything else I had to do as a working Mum, I had to take the goat for walks. (to keep her hooves down)

This jarred me every time Lady Bathsheba appeared, because I couldn’t lose myself in a romance that I knew from other reviews had a fair few anachronisms. (such as frequently mentioning “bloomers” for women’s underpants) I made it to 31%, but I didn’t find this book funny & I thought the hero was ridiculous.

Not for me. Sorry.

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