Reviews of Learning to Love (2006)
Review by nowirehangers (2007-01-28)
Barbara Cartland wrote over 700 novels, and "Learning to Love" is one of the posthumously published novels.
The protagonist is the Earl of Cariston. He's in debt and unable to pay the wages of the people working for him. The Earl and his people are starving. He asks a rich businessman, who was a friend of his father, for help. The businessman promises to help him if he agrees to marry his daughter the next morning. The Earl reluctantly agrees and marries the young Kristina, who is no more happy about the marriage than the Earl is.
The novel is short at 147 pages, and this is in spite of the fact that most of the paragraphs are one or two sentences long, which disturbs the flow of the text. In spite of the short length, the novel takes too long to really get started and once it does, it's ends very quickly. I admire Cartland's productivity, but this book felt a bit too uninspired.