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ISBN# (10): 0-06-122983-0/ (13): 978-0-06122-983-1 Paperback and (10): 0-06-146864-9/ (13): 978-0-06-146864-3 E-Book
August 2007
AVON (Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Paperback and E-Book
$13.95/Paperback/$10.95 E-Book U.S./$17.50 Canada/$10.95 E-Book
288 Pages
Rating: 4 Cups

Philomena Wellesley-Clegg values her own opinions in men and clothing. So far a couple of men, a viscount and a poet have not risen to her expectations. Philomena believes that a single woman of fortune and passable good looks amuses herself in London with fashion and a bit of flirtation until a suitable gentleman makes an offer. Of late the gentlemen she has seen are missing a bit of something. She jots down a list of men she would consider suitable gentleman and husbands. After meeting the devilishly handsome, Inigo, she puts his name on her list. When, wicked and feckless, Inigo Linsley, arrives, she is certain her Mama and Papa will not approve.

Inigo Linsley is Philomena’s best friend's brother-in-law. He is a wicked sort of fellow, noted for a bad reputation. Philomena is of Trade, and pursuing her would mean his family making his life miserable. Noble blood of Linsley’s cannot mingle with commoners.

Inigo finds Philomena sweet, funny, pliable, and lovely. Philomena would be wise and virtuous concerning him, but he excites her. She may dance or flirt with him, but she will not allow him to take any liberties with her. Viscount Elverton is her mama’s favorite, but it is Inigo that triggers sensations in her. She is speechless with delight when Inigo calls her dear woman. As Inigo makes his list of suitable women to marry, and Philomena goes over her list for suitable husbands, Inigo realizes that to choose Philomena can lead to his family disowning him. The two play their own little game of romance until one decides to make the initial step to lock in their love.

The Rules Of Gentility is a most enlightening tale. With its cute little perks, especially the little hands in the pocket moments, and its light-air camaraderie, this smooth-flowing read keeps the reader glued until the last romantic event. Wildly charismatic, Philomena and Inigo are two striking individuals that weave one invigorating relationship. It is hard not to be swept away by the grandeur of all the events, from the lively balls, to the footmen, not to mention the water-closet. I adored how Inigo would refer to Philomena as Philly. If any two people needed to be together, it was Philomena and Inigo. Janet Mullany cleverly sketches a lovely story that is so narrative, it charms the reader. With the cast of secondary characters, she stirs an enchanting read that permits the reader to experience the fashion, the mood, and the allure that whole story has to offer.

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