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Dangerous Decisions

Or misgivingsDr Nicholas Carstairs has scant patience with frivolous pleasure seekers and an upper class that closes ranks against outsiders Why then is he haunted by the lovely girl in the window someone entirely beyond his reachA champagne celebration at Broadwa. Note I received a copy of this book from the author as part of a Goodreads giveawayI thoroughly enjoyed Dangerous Decisions It is a beautifully written well researched novel with a gripping plot I particularly enjoyed how Kaine captured the social classes of the time as well as the political issues A great page turner overall

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Y Manor marks the start of a happy future for Helena but what no one can predict are the conseuences of her decision or the appalling danger it will bringMargaret Kaine's previously won the RNA Best Newcomer Award and the Society of Authors Sagittarius Prize in 20. I love the cover of Dangerous Decisions it is so beautiful and the description had me very interested from the moment I read it I was soon swept up in the story and the character s livesI really liked Helena and I warmed to her straight away I liked that she is very intelligent and a strong woman but at the same time I felt for her where she was aware of her father and the effect that a marriage will have on him Like Helena I was wary of Oliver he seemed like an ideal match for her but there was just something about him that put me on edge Although I had misgivings about Oliver I was absolutely fascinated by his character and trying to figure him out and I was gripped to the story wanting to read on to find out what would happen with Helena and OliverNicholasOh Nicholas I really loved you I actually felt the same sense of longing as Helena did for Nicholas and it made my heart ache for themI thoroughly enjoyed the historical aspect of the novel Margaret really focused on the attention to detail in this and she brought the scenes to life with her descriptions of the settings Margaret s writing was so powerful that I could feel the difference between the upstairs and downstairs I really enjoyed that both the upstairs and downstairs were included it gave the book layers and the contrast between their lives was interesting to readI was HOOKED to this story I couldn t put it downwith a title like Dangerous Decisions I was expecting a bit of conflict but the tension uickly rose and nearer the end I was racing through the pages desperate to know how it would end Margaret has cleverly weaved lots of different threads into such an intriguing and compelling story I loved Dangerous Decisions and I m very excited for Margaret s future releases The White Nights of Ramadan up in the story and the character s livesI really liked Helena and I warmed to her straight away I liked that she is very intelligent and a strong woman but at the same time I felt for her where she was aware of her father and the effect that a marriage will have on him Like Helena I was wary of Oliver he seemed like an ideal match for her but there was just something about him that put me on edge Although I had misgivings about Oliver I was absolutely fascinated by his character and trying to figure him out and I was gripped to the story wanting to read on to find out what would happen with Helena and OliverNicholasOh Nicholas I really loved you I actually felt the same sense of longing as Helena did for Nicholas and it made my heart ache for themI thoroughly enjoyed the historical aspect of the novel Margaret really focused on the attention to detail in this and she brought the scenes to life with her descriptions of the settings Margaret s writing was so powerful that I could feel the difference between the The Black Ice Score (Parker, upstairs and downstairs were included it gave the book layers and the contrast between their lives was interesting to readI was HOOKED to this story I couldn t put it downwith a title like Dangerous Decisions I was expecting a bit of conflict but the tension The Black Painting uickly rose and nearer the end I was racing through the pages desperate to know how it would end Margaret has cleverly weaved lots of different threads into such an intriguing and compelling story I loved Dangerous Decisions and I m very excited for Margaret s future releases

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Helena Standish knows that a good marriage will complete her father's social standing but she s her papa's daughter and not about to accept any fool Marriage to the handsome and charming Oliver Faraday appears to offer a perfect match so what cause does she have f. Dangerous Decisions is a well written and very readable piece of historical fiction set in the Edwardian Era in which the situation of women in society their lack of independence limited choices and their position as little than the chattels of fathers and husbands is forcefully brought homeHelena Standish is a well to do young lady whose father though wealthy made his money in trade Even in 1905 with the world on the verge of a massive change in attitudes people who acuired their wealth through actually working for it were still looked down upon by those who were born with silver spoons in their mouths and women were still constrained by the rules laid down by society when it came to their behaviour and expectationsHelena is young beautiful and vivacious and possessed of intelligence and an inuiring mind She is courted by Oliver Faraday a handsome gentleman of property who seems to be the perfect prospective husband Oliver has recently come into his inheritance and is now looking about him for a wife so that he can beget himself an heir to secure his property Helena s father promotes the match seeing Oliver as someone who will be able to help to further his political aspirations Helena is naturally flattered by Oliver s interest although she can t uite forget the face of the handsome young doctor she has glimpsed on occasion from her window and whom she once met brieflyOliver is attentive although somewhat austere and right from the start it s clear that there is something about him that isn t uite right As they further their acuaintance and he begins to court her in earnest Helena admits to herself that she has misgivings about his suit although she can t put her finger on exactly why she feels that wayHelena does her best to set aside her ualms telling herself she is just being silly and when Oliver finally proposes she accepts knowing it is her father s wish As soon as preparations for the wedding begin Oliver begins making demands insisting the marriage takes place in London rather than from the Standish s home and generally manipulating Helena and her father so that Oliver gets exactly what he wants regardless of the wishes of anyone elseOnce they are married Helena begins to recognise that perhaps her misgivings about her new husband were justified He is autocratic and freuently dismissive of Helena s wishes and she comes to realise has an almost fanatical abhorrence of anything remotely imperfect or ugly He shows her none of the consideration due a new bride and has no desire for emotional intimacy or interest in her other than in her capacity to give him an heirHelena s father and aunt come to see that Helena is not happy in her marriage and to his credit her father feels guilty at the fact that he put his own political ambitions before his daughter s happiness But it s too late Helena is married and thus little than her husband s propertyMs Kane has written a thoroughly engrossing story which moves between the lives of the privileged and the slums of 1900s London The idyllic fa ade of Helena s marriage hides something cruel and unpleasant in much the same way as the bustling city hides its less fortunate inhabitants beneath a surface veneer of progress and prosperity The novel is set during a period of great change and there are a number of references to the political situation of the time especially in regards to the growing movement for female emancipation The story is well written and the pacing is generally good although I feel that the last few chapters are very choppy by which I mean there are lots of short paragraphs coming one after the other engendering so many fast changes of scene and points of view that those chapters seem somewhat disjointed This means that the ending feels a little rushed and it is also rather a jarring change of style from the rest of the book Helena and Oliver are both well drawn characters although of necessity Helena is probably the most well rounded Ms Kane does an excellent job of communicating her thoughts and feelings as she struggles to preserve the appearance of a happy marriage Even though Oliver is a far less sympathetic character he is similarly well drawn the unpleasant facets of his character being revealed slowly and creating a degree of tension as the reader begins to share Helena s concerns and then to wonder to what lengths he will go in order to get what he wantsDangerous Decisions is an interesting and very enjoyable read It is not primarily a romance although there are strong romantic elements rather it is the story of a young woman s frustration at her limited choices and how even the most sensibly taken decisions can have disastrous conseuences


10 thoughts on “Dangerous Decisions

  1. says:

    This is one of the worst books I have ever read Well most horribly written probablyDialogue is basically non existent big applause for the couple of scenes that had a page or two of it I was shocked to come upon thatThe chapters are really short and there are no long scenes here oh I don't know let's say a ball or any social event it lasts for a couple of paragraphs that's it And mostly it is portrayed in characters thinking about the ball

  2. says:

    Dangerous Decisions is a well written and very readable piece of historical fiction set in the Edwardian Era in which the si

  3. says:

    This makes two for two Choc Lit Publishing books that I’ve loved YayThis novel billed as Downton Abbey esue begins in London in 1905 Helena is a young debutante and what she lacks in noble blood she makes up for with her merchant father’s wealth Her father has political aspirations and is eager for Helena to make a prosperous

  4. says:

    Wow I'm not sure what I was expecting with this book but the actual experience way exceeded my expectations I was completely hooked from the start The characters were vivid Oliver was initially unsettling then really disturbing Helena is likable and her motivations and feelings are always understandable Nicholas is really likeable and a wonderful contrast to OliverI normally don't like so many points of view but in th

  5. says:

    Soon after starting Dangerous DecisionsI realised that I was in the hands of a master story teller and could relax and enjoy the taleI trusted and soaked up all historical detailstotally believed in the characters and liked the clever way their stories were interwoven and drawn together upstairsdownstairs and in a lady of the night's chamb

  6. says:

    Note I received a copy of this book from the author as part of a Goodreads giveawayI thoroughly enjoyed Dangerous Decisions It is a beautifully written well researched novel with a gripping plot I particularly enjoyed how Kaine captured the social classes of the time as well as the political issues A great page turner overall

  7. says:

    I love the cover of Dangerous Decisions it is so beautiful and the description had me very interested from the moment I read it I was soon swept up in the story and the character’s livesI really liked Helena and I warmed to her straight aw

  8. says:

    The publisher provided me with a copy of this book for an honest review So here goesI made the mistake of reading Dangerous Decisions expecting a traditional romance It’s not and when I adjusted my thinking I got a very worthwhile read While there’s a handsome wealthy suitor a wooing and a wedding all is no

  9. says:

    This is not a romance this is romantic fiction and cos of that there is a long way to Helen's HEAShe is a nice young woman and when a nice man courts her she does think he seems ok But there is something about Oliver that gave me chills from the start But they marry and we see their married life the happy and unhappy partsThere is also someone else in the shadows a doctor called Nicholas Oh she should have chosen him but

  10. says:

    I downloaded Dangerous Decisions just at the right moment The last episode of Downton Abbey had played and I wanted to read something

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