Point of Honour

Point of Honour On the mean streets of Regency London a truly different adventure with an unforgettable heroine In a Regency London that isn t quite the one we know young women of family whose reputations have been

  • Title: Point of Honour
  • Author: Madeleine E. Robins
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  • Page: 289
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  • On the mean streets of Regency London, a truly different adventure with an unforgettable heroine In a Regency London that isn t quite the one we know, young women of family whose reputations have been ruined are known as the Fallen Young Sarah Tolerance is one such a daughter of the nobility who ran away with her brother s fencing master Now that the fencing master hasOn the mean streets of Regency London, a truly different adventure with an unforgettable heroineIn a Regency London that isn t quite the one we know, young women of family whose reputations have been ruined are known as the Fallen Young Sarah Tolerance is one such a daughter of the nobility who ran away with her brother s fencing master Now that the fencing master has died, everyone expects her to earn her living as a whore.But Sarah is unwilling Instead, she invents a new role for herself, and a new vocation investigative agent For Sarah, with her equivocal position in society, is able to float between social layers, unearth secrets, find things that were lost, and lose things too dangerous to be kept Her stock in trade is her wits, her discretion, and her expertise with the smallsword for her fencing master taught her that as well.She will need all her skills soon, when she is approached by an agent of the Count Verseillon, for a task that seems routine reclaim an antique fan he once gave to a lady with brown eyes The fan, he tells her, is an heirloom the lady, his first love But as Sarah Tolerance unravels the mystery that surrounds the fan, she discovers that she and the Count are not the only ones seeking it, and that nothing about this task is what it seems.At the Publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied.

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    1. "I lost my virginity. I lost my innocence. The world seems to regard this as the same thing as honor, but I do not." --Sarah Tolerance, Point of HonourFor most serious readers, any mention of the Regency period immediately conjures the thought of Jane Austen, who introduced so many of us to it, and directly or indirectly influenced just about every later writer who employed that setting. Robins is one of them; she calls her predecessor "one of the sharpest, funniest writers in the English langua [...]

    2. This was a fun mystery romp that has alt-history twist to it. Fallen woman turned into detective heroine. I have mixed but generally positive feelings about this book. There were some really fun parts for sure, and the mystery was definitely interesting, but I couldn't buy into it 100% all the time.I want to warn you, this is NOT A VAGINAL MYSTERY in thatI can't spoil it, but it's just not. So beware, because the ending really threw me for a loop and I kinda liked it but not really. Also, referr [...]

    3. Im not much of a "Regency" fan,but Point of Honor grabbed me from the start and kept me in till the end. Imagine a character from one of Jane Austen's novels who falls for the wrong man and well dosent quite get married. Her lover now dead,and her family has forsaken her Sarah Tolerance is on her own."It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Fallen Woman of good family,must soon or late,desend to whoredom",So is Sarah's future,but she will not accept such as this.So to support herself she " [...]

    4. Robins skillfully lets the reader know right away that this is not quite the Regency England we know (and has become such a cliche in the romance novel world); 'Prinny' is not the Regent for Mad King George, his wife is. And in this London, ladies can belong to clubs, where they can sit and read and drink tea, or meet and talk, or just sit and relax. Thus those of us who read a lot in the period can disengage the custom and language filters that we can't help forming over the years. So she uses [...]

    5. Oh, this was great fun. Imagine a Regency detective novel. Imagine a Regency detective novel with a 'fallen woman' (Think Lydia Bennet if they hadn't paid Wickham to marry her.) as the private investigator. Imagine a Regency detective novel, with a 'fallen woman' private investigator who is physically courageous and well trained with a sword!Of course this has to be an alternate history Regency period. Queen Charlotte is the regent here; the heroine's penchant for dressing as a man, sword and al [...]

    6. This is a mild Regency mystery novel, not enlivened very much even by the prostitution and murder around which the plot revolves.I like a Regency setting, and I don’t even mind if the history has been altered a little; for instance, in this story Queen Charlotte is serving as regent for her husband the mad king, rather than the Prince of Wales. I’m not sure why the author bothered, though, as the alterations add little except confusion to the story. Nothing happens in this novel that couldn [...]

    7. I've been looking for a copy of this book since I first read a preview chapter online, several years ago. After such a long delay, the risk of disappointment is high, but this book met my expectations. Point of Honour is a period piece set in a period that never existed: Regency England where Queen Charlotte, not the Prince, was Regent.Our Heroine is Sarah Tolerance, called Miss Tolerance throughout the book, a woman whose reputation has been ruined, and is therefore fit, according to society, f [...]

    8. 4.5/5; 5 stars; AThis book was recommended to me by my GR friend, Werner, who manages one of the groups I belong to, Action Heroine Fans.I loved the protagonist in this story, Sarah Tolerance, and she is definitely a worthy character for the Action Heroine Fans to admire! I really enjoyed this book, even despite that fact that I've been resistant to reading historical fiction in recent months. Once I got going on the story, the characters really pulled me and kept me there, for the duration. Man [...]

    9. My mother sent me to the library on her behalf to find some books she'd been wanting to read, and while browsing the shelves, this one caught my eye. So I checked it out for myself.This book is not one that can be easily classified. It has romantic elements, but it's not a romance. And while it is a historical novel--set in Regency Era London--it's not quite the same Regency that happened historically, so then you have to add in a touch of fantasy as well. It's also reminiscent of a hardboiled c [...]

    10. This is not Heyer's Regency England. Or Jane Austen's. But then, the author makes her distinctive flavor clear from the start and does so with a firm hand born of confidence with her material. Indeed, categorizing the book is difficult because at heart it is a mystery novel but with an alternate-historical twist. Some of the historical changes allow the heroine more freedom than a woman of the time period might reasonably have had.But some of it seems simply arbitrary in order to explore interes [...]

    11. This is a historical mystery novel set in a Regency London that isn't quite our own. I suppose technically this is fantasy, because the history is a slightly altered one (Queen Charlotte is Regent, rather than Prince George), but it contains no magical or fantastical elements other than that. The mystery is intriguing, with a nicely unexpected twist at the end, and the language and milieu are convincing, as is the main character, a fallen woman named Sarah Tolerance who chose to become a private [...]

    12. A fabulous mix of real-history and alternative-history. This is a mystery set in Regency england but it's not a romance and isn't all balls and dukes. Wow - what a great character the author has created.I've just re-read this after a couple of years and loved it just as much this time. Our heroine, Sarah, is a fallen woman attempting to live with scruples and make her way in a world that believes she has no honour, but her honour is more than her virginity even if no one else believes it.Recomme [...]

    13. Loved the characters (particularly the secondary characters), interesting plot, and some cool surprise twists in this book. The AU historical details pulled me out of the story and were distracting. I think it would have been much better to just use the actually historical timeline and facts or change the history significantly. The small changes just came across as wrong and didn't add anything to the plot.I plan to try the next book in the series though.

    14. A hard-boiled Regency. A marvelous swashbuckling heroine, Sarah Tolerance. Yes, there is a slightly altered British history, but the language is fresh and tart, the manners exquisite. The author lays gratitude at the feet of both Jane Austen and Dashiell Hammett. Brava.

    15. Excellent. This had an unpredictable mystery and a truly intriguing heroine that I wouldn't mind reading about again.

    16. 3 ¾ StarsYeah!! What a fun, kick-butt heroine. For full disclosure, I feel that I should admit that part of the reason I've fallen so hard for this series and this character is that, when I started reading it ,I had just come off of plowing through Perdido Street Station. Diving into something that seemed so sweetly genre driven and straight forward was a welcome relief. Even still, Sarah Tolerance is a great character that is mature, accessible, and best of all. wait for it has mad, mad sword [...]

    17. An enjoyable cross between a (not quite) Regency Romance and detective novel. In this alt-Regency, Queen Charlotte - by all accounts an extremely well-read and intelligent lady - was given the regency instead of Wales who has been removed from the succession on account of marrying a Catholic and having children with her. Other than that the main trappings of 18th/19th C London remain the same, with a similar fate awaiting any girl 'ruined' before marriage.Sarah eloped with her brother's sword ma [...]

    18. Fab alternative-regency, unusual crime with a brilliant heroine and great twist. Sadly there's only three in the series so I will have to restrain myself and not glom all three straight away.

    19. Good fun, but I didn't really see the point of the historical changes. Also the frequent mentions of "warm and humid" and even "hot" made me wonder whether this London wasn't in Florida. I like the character, Sarah.

    20. I'm giving this four stars because of how much I like the idea of this book, how all the parts of it are things that I adore and have sought so much in other books like this. I just wish I'd, I don't know, enjoyed the book more? It was three stars' worth of enjoyment, not four. For as much as I really like the heroine, I wasn't particularly engaged by her. I mean, so much is right. This is a slight AU of Regency England (the king goes mad a bit earlier, the queen is made regent, etc etc fallout [...]

    21. Recommended for people thirsting for a Regency Noir.This is an alternative world fantasy, for although it’s during the Regency period of England, it’s Queen Charlotte who is the Regent, not her eldest son – and her poor health leads to a lot of scheming, back stabbing and in-fighting amongst the princes for the role of the next regent. Officially, our heroine, Sarah Tolerance, deals little with royals. She is a Fallen Woman (and in this history, that’s all most people care about her. She [...]

    22. POINT OF HONOR (Hist Mys-Sarah Tolerance-England-1810/Georgian) – GoodRobins, Madeleine E. – 1st in seriesForge, 2003, US Hardcover – ISBN: 031287202XFirst Sentence: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Fallen Woman of good family must, soon or late, descend to whoredom.Sarah Tolerance is a disowned daughter of nobility who now lives in a cottage behind a high-class brothel and who acts as a private inquiry agent. She is hired by Count Verseillon to locate and retrieve an antique [...]

    23. It was a recommendation that caused me to finally start Point of Honour, the first in the Sarah Tolerance mysteries. It was an obvious choice for me since it was about a woman who knew how to use a sword. I can't resist books about swordswomen. I began reading it on Thanksgiving as a holiday treat that I knew I would enjoy.The case that Sarah is hired to investigate in this first novel doesn't sound very interesting. She is expected to find a fancy jeweled fan that an Earl had in the past given [...]

    24. This book was a bit all over the place for me. Point of Honour is an alternate-history mystery which takes place in an alternate England in 1810. Miss Sarah Tolerance is a "Fallen" woman who was born into elite society but had fallen from high society many years ago. She is now living on her own, making a living as England's only female detective. She is attempting to keep her professional reputation in tact despite society often assuming she is a courtesan or without any morals. An aristocratic [...]

    25. This was an impulse buy, which turned out to be a rather enjoyable historical mystery. The writing quickly took me back to the British regency era, albeit a slightly alternate-history version, with a protagonist, who, as a "Fallen Woman" now making her way as a private inquiry agent, provides an unusual viewpoint. While I haven't completely warmed to Sarah Tolerance, I have a feeling I will in future books, and hopefully more about her past will be revealed. I liked the London backdrop very much [...]

    26. I really enjoyed reading this book. I was caught from the first sentence. Anyone who can start a book with an amusing Jane Austen reference is a winner to me. Fans of the era and of historical mystery, please don't let the creepy, apparition-like appearance of the pistol-wielding woman on the cover deter you. The writing is good.Robins makes her home in an alternate universe, with Queen Charlotte the Regent instead of the Prince of Wales, and the Prince of Wales a widower to a Catholic (and thus [...]

    27. I am now an unabashed Sarah Tolerance fan girl. Madeleine Robins has given us a superb heroine: smart, savvy, brave, athletic, kind, patient, strong of character, and honorable. I was immersed in Sarah's adventure and couldn't put the book down (thank God I had it on my iPhone). But lest you think this is just a beach read—not so. Yes, it's got great pacing, intrigue, mystery, clues to ferret out, villains to distrust. But the characterization and the way Robins handles the precarious position [...]

    28. LOVED this book! Sarah ran off to France with her brother's fencing instructor. He was killed, so she's returned to England as a "fallen woman," with very few options open to her. No man would want her, and her family has completely shunned her, with the exception of her aunt who runs a brothel. Sarah moves into her aunt's guest house and becomes a PI of sorts. Soon she finds herself caught up in the political intrigue of the day. What I really loved about this book was the way Sarah absolutely [...]

    29. Miss Sarah Tolerance is a worthy successor to Elizabeth Bennet. Years before she eloped with her brother's fencing instructor; now, with a ruined reputation, she has returned to London. She has too much pride to become a whore, and is to female and well-bred for most other occupations, and so out of the back of her aunt's brothel she sets herself up as a private investigator. Years of training with her fencing paramour, and a good wit and sensibility, have served her well, but then a routine sea [...]

    30. Miss Sarah Tolerance is a Fallen Woman in a slightly alternate version of 19th century Britain. She has fashioned out a profession for herself as - more or less - a private detective. She kicks ass and turns stereotypes of women during her time on her head, to the amusement and horror of those around her, and is honorable to a fault. Think Kinsey Millhone a couple of centuries earlier and a bit more prim and proper. I love love love Sarah Tolerance, and loved this book, and highly recommend it i [...]

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