Wit of the Staircase

Wit of the Staircase

Elizabeth May / May 31, 2020

Wit of the Staircase A love that cannot be acknowledged Jonathan Redding is a British soldier in Austria fighting Napoleon s forces when circumstances introduce him to the most attractive man he has ever seen Having fled

  • Title: Wit of the Staircase
  • Author: Elizabeth May
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  • Page: 205
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  • A love that cannot be acknowledged Jonathan Redding is a British soldier in Austria, fighting Napoleon s forces when circumstances introduce him to the most attractive man he has ever seen Having fled from his home when his lover betrayed him to his father, Jonathan knows that he cannot allow Major Ainsley to know his feelings He spends his life both trying to hide hiA love that cannot be acknowledged Jonathan Redding is a British soldier in Austria, fighting Napoleon s forces when circumstances introduce him to the most attractive man he has ever seen Having fled from his home when his lover betrayed him to his father, Jonathan knows that he cannot allow Major Ainsley to know his feelings He spends his life both trying to hide his love for his dearest friend while at the same time doing everything within his power to keep his friend by his side A friendship that cannot be denied Major Stewart Ainsley, Earl of Durnley, does not know why he helps out the young ensign who is thrust into his tent one evening, but he finds himself enad with the unorthodox young man Their friendship continues until he is forced to make a decision does he choose to pursue a path of marriage and children, or does he spend the rest of his life with his best friend And if he chooses his friend, is he willing to move their relationship beyond friendship

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    About "Elizabeth May"

      • Elizabeth May

        Elizabeth was 12 years old when she realized that she would never be Queen of England, even though she was conveniently given the correct name at birth Still, that never stopped her from being enthralled with England or English history While the Renaissance holds a special place in her heart, she is enthralled with the Regency period.When writing, Elizabeth feels like merely a conduit for her characters they drive the story line Her books therefore, focus on character development and the story as opposed to a graphic physical relationship.Elizabeth spends much of her free time with her horses and dogs, all of whom are named after some important literary figure She holds a BA in English and Political Science, and a Master s Degree in Education She currently teaches English when she is not writing or riding.


    563 Comments

    1. I am sad to have write this. Sad because I really liked the beginning of the story and being in Jonathan's head. Then the story skips and skims it's way to the end via a slight melodrama three quarters in. I wanted the story I was promised at the start.I suspect that the author did not want to go into the nitty gritty of research/background building. We get half a sentence to place as in a time and then it's as if the characters are living in a vacuum. The same thing goes for secondary character [...]


    2. I liked it. The book starts in Spain during the Napoleonic wars, where Ensign Redding and Major Stewart meet, and Jonathan becomes his personal secretary, falling in love with Stewart at pretty much first glance. The story quickly moves through 10 years of battles in about 2-3 pages, and then moves to England when Stewart and Jonathan leave the service, and again another 5 years pass in the space of a few pages. Jonathan is my type of character - witty, intelligent, spending far too much time po [...]


    3. Uggh! That was a most unsatisfactory ending. The story was very engaging and I loved both of the characters. Told in the 3rd person, it's mostly (like 98%) Jonathan's perspective. A few paragraphs here and there give us a bit of an inkling of Stewart's feelings, but really, this is Jonathan's story. Their friendship spans decades and the "romance" aspect of this story is bittersweet. I read romance for the love and passion and fantasy. This was a little too much like a true-to-life love story fo [...]


    4. While this M/M period novella has its merit and is an enjoyable read, it has several flaws that interfere with the pleasure of reading. It is also quite expensive for its length and, while it is well worth a read, I would wait for a discount before purchasing it.As far as writing is concerned, one has to take some typos and grammar mistakes into account: tense harmony is a major victim and some rather peculiar uses of the subjunctive had me scratch my head in wonderment.Beside that, the author i [...]


    5. This is 3.5 stars, really but I can't bring myself to round it up to four. What there is of it is a very, very nice book. Jonathan is a unique and loveable character and I adore his intelligence and wit. Stewart is bit paler in comparison but that is okay since most of the story is told from Jonathan's POV. It is indeed a very sweet story without being saccharine and I was invested in the characters. There is no sex but I'm absolutely fine with that.The next bit is mildly spoilerish, so beware: [...]


    6. This is not that easy to rate. Up to Chapters 24/25 when the story leapt from A to AABB. Shocking. Still, I was fascinated with the idea of two people living together nigh on 15 years -one in a state of unrequited love. Jonathan is thoroughly in love with Stewart, who, throughout their years together, had never harboured more than a very deep, devoted friendship, a friendship so devoted that he, Stewart, knew he would never marry or have children because to do that would be to lose 'his friend' [...]


    7. 2.75/5Well, I'm not really sure how I'm supposed to feel about this bookIt started really well, the character of Jonathan was really "a breath of fresh air" (as said several times in the book); he was snarky on the edges, funny and critical over the society in general. Stewart, however, was not really interesting but I think it's mainly because we din't know much about him. And then, I became impatient, it was too slow and really not action-packed. I just wanted to finish the book to get over it [...]


    8. I seriously enjoyed this book. Seriously.The humor, with Jonathan and his ever growing list of epitaphs and quick wit to Stewart's 'straight man', the book was a refreshing tale of friendship and devotion.My complaints are few.The first is that there's about two chapters in the middle that seemed to have been overlooked by a proof reader. The errors are quite numerous. Nothing a PreReader couldn't fix. And the second is that we're left not really knowing what developed in the relationship. Did t [...]


    9. I did like this book - but not quite 4 stars. The beginning with the war stuff was excellent, but I was left feeling unfulfilled at the end - I think it needed another chapter of Stewart and Jonathan trying to find out what the relationship meant for them, especially in light of comments about Stewart having had relationships only with women - how did he decide he wanted to make something more of his friendship with Jonathan Redding? If Jonathan leaving him was the trigger why wasn't the reader [...]


    10. A very special love story. Jonathan's wit will make you laugh out loud and the ongoing banter between both of these wonderful characters is a delight. Their love and devotion reads clear on every page. I did not want the story to end and I will save it to read again, especially when I need a heart felt pick-me-up. I sincerely hope there will be a book about the preparation for the school?


    11. This was a good cry book. The story was complete. I feel no need for a sequael. (Sometimes it is a pleasure to read a stand-alone book, with no obligation to read more.)


    12. Well written sweet story of an intelligent young ensign who falls for a major in wellingtons army. I enjoyed this quick read immensely. It is very tame and not at all graphic



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