Until one evening gets particularly out of hand and the trustee to the Harris fortune, the Marquis of Landover, deems it necessary to take her in his hand to keep her out of trouble until Avery is able to do so himself.
Luckily, with a little maneuvering and some other “caged” friends Gillian is able to earn her freedom.
But is it what she wants?
I first read “The Indomitable Miss Harris” when I was about Gillian’s age, then Gillian’s antics and headstrong nature were very like my own and I fell in love not only with the book but also with Amanda Scott.
Reading it now, though when my children are Gillian’s age, I see it differently. While it’s still an amazing book jammed with enthralling historical events and brimming with amazing scenes, I just couldn’t get past the fact that Gillian was selfish and bratty. (Absolutely the Mom in me!)
Overall, I’m not sorry I read this book, either time, I doubt that I’ll read it again. If you’re younger than 25, buy it but, if you’re older than 25, borrowing it would probably be best! 🙂
|Source:||Purchased from Amazon July 10, 2013|
|Steam:||YA – Just a scene or two of mild mischief|
|Setting:||London, England 1814|
|This Counts for these Challenges:||2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Challenge, 2015 Just for Fun Reading Challenge, 2015 What’s In A Name Reading Challenge, 2015 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge, 2015 Historical Romance Reading Challenge, 2015 Full House Reading Challenge, Monthly Mix-up Mania, 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge|
As a child, Amanda Scott was a model for O’Connor Moffatt in San Francisco (now Macy’s). She was also a Sputnik child, one of those selected after the satellite went up for one of California’s first programs for gifted children. She remained in that program through high school. After graduate school, she taught for the Salinas City School District for three years before marrying her husband, who was then a captain in the Air Force. They lived in Honolulu for a year, then in Papillion, Nebraska, for seven. Their son was born in Nebraska. They have lived in northern California since 1980.
Scott grew up in a family of lawyers, and is descended from a long line of them. Her father was a three-term District Attorney of Monterey County before his death in 1955 at age 36. Her grandfather was City Attorney of Salinas for 36 years after serving two terms as District Attorney, and two of her ancestors were State Supreme Court Justices (one in Missouri, the other the first Supreme Court Justice for the State of Arkansas). One brother, having carried on the Scott tradition in the Monterey County DA’s office, is now a judge. The other is an electrician in Knoxville, TN, and her sister is a teacher in the Sacramento area.
The women of Amanda Scott’s family have been no less successful than the men. Her mother was a child actress known as Baby Lowell, who performed all over the west coast and in Hollywood movies, and then was a dancer with the San Francisco Opera Ballet until her marriage. Her mother’s sister, Loretta Lowell, was also a child actress. She performed in the Our Gang comedies and in several Loretta Young movies before becoming one of the first women in the US Air Force. Scott’s paternal grandmother was active in local and State politics and served as president of the California State PTA, and her maternal grandmother was a teacher (and stage mother) before working for Monterey County. The place of women in Scott’s family has always been a strong one. Though they married strong men, the women have, for generations, been well educated and encouraged to succeed at whatever they chose to do.
Amanda Scott’s first book was OMAHA CITY ARCHITECTURE, a coffee-table photo essay on the historical architecture of Omaha, written for Landmarks, Inc. under her married name as a Junior League project. Others took the photos; she did the research and wrote the text on an old Smith-Corona portable electric. She sold her first novel, THE FUGITIVE HEIRESS—likewise written on the battered Smith-Corona in 1980. Since then, she has sold many more books, but since the second one she has used a word processor and computer. Twenty-five of her novels are set in the English Regency period (1810-1820). Others are set in 15th-century England and 14th- through 18th-century Scotland, and three are contemporary romances. Many of her titles are currently available at bookstores and online.
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