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Miss Grimsley's Oxford Career ➹ [Download] ➵ Miss Grimsley's Oxford Career By Carla Kelly ➼ – Thomashillier.co.uk Disguised as her own brother in order to realize her dream of attending the male only Oxford University, Miss Ellen Grimsley finds her cover blown when a handsome lord, himself disguised as a humble s Disguised as her own brother in order to realize her dream of attending the male only Oxford University, Miss Ellen Grimsley finds her cover blown when a handsome lord, himself disguised as a humble scholar, falls in love with her.


About the Author: Carla Kelly

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this nameAlthough Carla Kelly is well known among her readers as a writer of Regency romance, her main interest and first writing success is Western American fictionspecifically, writing about America s Indian Wars Although she had sold some of her work before, it was not until Carla began work in the National Park Service Miss Grimsley's PDF \ as a ranger historian at Fort Laramie National Historic Site did she get serious about her writing career Or as she would be the first to admit, as serious as it gets Carla wrote a series of what she now refers to as the Fort Laramie stories, which are tales of the men, women and children of the Indian Wars era in Western history Two of her stories, A Season for Heroes and Kathleen Flaherty s Long Winter, earned her Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America She was the second woman to earn two Spurs from WWA which, as everyone knows, is all you need to ride a horse Her entire Indian Wars collection was published in as Here s to the Ladies Stories of the Frontier Army It remains her favorite work The mother of five children, Carla has always allowed her kids to earn their keep by appearing in her Regencies, most notably Marian s Christmas Wish, which is peopled by all kinds of relatives Grown now, the Kelly kids are scattered here and there across the US They continue to provide feedback, furnish fodder for stories and make frantic phone calls home during the holidays for recipes Carla Kelly is some cook Carla s husband, Martin, is Director of Theatre at Valley City State University, in Valley City, North Dakota Carla is currently overworked as a staff writer at the local daily newspaper She also writes a weekly, award winning column, Prairie Lite Carla only started writing Regencies because of her interest in the Napoleonic Wars, which figures in many of her Regency novels and short stories She specializes in writing about warfare at sea, and about the ordinary people of the British Isles who were, let s face it, farnumerous than lords and ladies Hobbies She likes to crochet afghans, and read British crime fiction and history, principally military history She s never happier than talking about the fur trade or Indian Wars with Park Service cronies Her most recent gig with the National Park Service was at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site on the Montana North Dakota border Here s another side to this somewhat prosaic woman She recently edited the fur trade journal of Swiss artist Rudolf F Kurz the portion , and is gratified now and then to be asked to speak on scholarly subjects She has also worked for the State Historical Society of North Dakota as a contract researcher This has taken her to glamorous drudgery in several national archives and military history repositories Gray archives boxes and old documents make her salivate Her mantra for writing comes from the subject of her thesis, Robert Utley, that dean of Indian Wars history He told her the secret to writing is to put your ass in the chair and keep it there until you re done He s right, of course Her three favorite fictional works have remained constant through the years, although their rankings tend to shift War and Peace, The Lawrenceville Stories, and A Town Like Alice Favorite historical works are One Vast Winter Count, On the Border with Mackenzie and Crossing the Line Favorite crime fiction authors are Michael Connelly, John Harvey and Peter Robinson And that s all she can think of that would interest anyone Carla Kelly is quite ordinary, except when she is sometimes prevailed upon to sing a scurrilous song about lumberjacks, or warble Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in Latin Then you m.



10 thoughts on “Miss Grimsley's Oxford Career

  1. Mary - Buried Under Romance Mary - Buried Under Romance says:

    A great book will inspire one to greatness While I would not go as far as to call this book a feat of literature, it has definitely inspired some action in me that would have otherwise come to pass This is an interesting regency, and Mrs Kelly undertook great risks in crafting the latter half of the book to have a dragged out marriage proposal and continued refusal by the heroine At first, I could not understand why a nice comedy has suddenly taken a turn to melodrama, but upon a second read A great book will inspire one to greatness While I would not go as far as to call this book a feat of literature, it has definitely inspired some action in me that would have otherwise come to pass This is an interesting regency, and Mrs Kelly undertook great risks in crafting the latter half of the book to have a dragged out marriage proposal and continued refusal by the heroine At first, I could not understand why a nice comedy has suddenly taken a turn to melodrama, but upon a second reading I ve formed some theories 1 This is a work about a young woman s self discovery Or self understanding, really Ellen is a talented wordsmith but still immature in age and temper, and she didn t understand how love can take on many forms, or that perhaps men can have just as many troubles as women do As she becomes to bridge the gap between her understanding of love observed from the marriage of her parents and that of her sister and her own feelings, she comes to create her definition of love 2 This is a meta work of Shakespeare s Measure for Measure, a play on which Ellen had written an original paper This play is considered one of Shakespeare s problem plays for its ambiguous genre and morals, among other things, and like the play, this story goes from a comedy, to a melodrama, to a quasi comedy of errors, and to a quasi tragedy, before we get to the final, expected ending It is a puzzling read, and I m sure many readers may not understand who goes on in Ellen s head for half of the book I almost didn t , but it is as deeply rooted in Shakespeare s style as its subject matter, which suggests that only a careful reading and dissection of its content would prove fruitful.3 Families can be silly, trying, or even downright embarrassing, but what can we do about that Central to this story is a understanding of how families work, that no matter how much we may be embarrassed or in some cases, repulsed by them , they remain family, and it s best to work out a peaceful solution and accept them than to hope that they ll somehow become better on their own because they won t This is the truth that Ellen has to come into terms with by herself, and once James had told her the truth of his family, she no longer feels shameful for her family This acceptance goes a long way into finding peace with oneself, as she discovers Well, I don t know if anyone will read this review, but if you do, I do suggest a closer reading of this book s hidden crevices and urge you to be patient with Ellen she is a young girl faced with sudden and altogether strange circumstances Sidenote Wow, this is my first full review for1.5 years Glad to be back, GR


  2. Jacob Proffitt Jacob Proffitt says:

    Ignore the cover copy, this isn t at all one of those female disguised as male stories Oh, she dons a scholar s robe occasionally to get in and out of places, but she never takes her brother s place And James isn t in disguise nor does he blow her cover Seriously, who writes these things It s the characters that stand out in this novel Ellen and James are charming and just a whole lot of fun to spend time with They have true wit and their discussions are fascinating, both with each other Ignore the cover copy, this isn t at all one of those female disguised as male stories Oh, she dons a scholar s robe occasionally to get in and out of places, but she never takes her brother s place And James isn t in disguise nor does he blow her cover Seriously, who writes these things It s the characters that stand out in this novel Ellen and James are charming and just a whole lot of fun to spend time with They have true wit and their discussions are fascinating, both with each other and with others Yes, their attitudes both of them about education for women are out of place for the era and that s a little hand waved, but Kelly does an excellent job of making it feel real to the time and place, even so What I mean is that she lets those attitudes play out realistically when set into the Regency era so that you can see both how absurd it is to believe women aren t fit for education even as you can see how such attitudes persisted.Even better, Kelly does a bit of gender role judo by allowing Ellen to wallow in her restrictions as a woman and then turning that on its head when we see that external constraints are a universal condition of living in society with none of us free to pursue our own interests selfishly This was extremely well done particularly as it didn t excuse the dreadfulness of the restrictions on women s education while doing so.The romance plotline is serviceable, if somewhat predictable I enjoyed the characters well enough that this didn t bother me in the least, though I suppose I was too busy enjoying their friendship to worry so much over what course their romantic relationship would take Ellen stays unaware of her real feelings a bit longer than I cared for, but that wasn t unexpected and I didn t mind terribly, in the end.In all, this was a great read for a quiet Sunday afternoon


  3. Wollstonecrafthomegirl Wollstonecrafthomegirl says:

    Carla Kelly Traditional Regency Are there fourreliable words in the English language No No there are not Every single time in the traditional Regency genre, she delivers something heartwarming, romantic, funny, cute, beautiful, interesting, light and characterful She s an absolute legend I believe if she were a plucky Brit we would call her a National Treasure, but she isn t Perhaps she s a Romance Treasure instead.This was all of the things one expects Ellen, a bluestocking heroin Carla Kelly Traditional Regency Are there fourreliable words in the English language No No there are not Every single time in the traditional Regency genre, she delivers something heartwarming, romantic, funny, cute, beautiful, interesting, light and characterful She s an absolute legend I believe if she were a plucky Brit we would call her a National Treasure, but she isn t Perhaps she s a Romance Treasure instead.This was all of the things one expects Ellen, a bluestocking heroine with a passion for Shakespeare and a desire to go to Oxford an experience her elder brother is wasting She s a very typical Kelly heroine, young but practical and kind And, our hero, Jim Dreamy Jim Frustrated fellow who must give up his calling to return to his family seat and live up to the expectations of his title Again, rather typically Kelly Gently affectionate, kind and intelligent The plot is on paper one to swerve Ellen gets sent to a finishing school in Oxford and ends up dressing up as her brother, attending one of his tutorial, going to the library and writing his papers So girl dresses up as boy No one s favourite romance trope And, CK does require a lot of suspension of disbelief from the reader to make it work The notion that Ellen can just slap on a shirt and some breeches with an academic gown and look like a boy a student, no less is, well, ridiculous But it s written so endearingly, and with such pep that you kind of just go a long with it This allows Ellen to meet and spend time with Jim and it s a neat way of bringing a single man and a single, young woman together whilst ignoring some of the strictures of the time I would be lying, however, if I did not admit that this book probably stretches the historical boundaries Particularly Jim s penchant for public displays of affection only kissing, obviously, we are in traditional Regency territory here Most memorably at the end of the book, in the middle of Magdalen College when Ellen is wearing her robes I know male affection at Oxbridge in the early 19th century was actually fairly free and open, but still.This book also has some fantastic secondary characters and family interactions CK is a genius at creating a whole family, ensconced in a local society, in only a few pages I fell very quickly into the world Kelly has created here.This is a lovely book, not without its flaws, but a perfect nugget of charming escapism


  4. Lu Lu says:

    Delightful characters in a little fantastical plotJames is every girl s dream A scholar, a peer, a messy looking, good hearted friend Ellen is smart, innocent and very stubborn a little too much She dreams about traveling the world drawing maps, but sees her dreams shattered by the reality of being a woman of her time She ends up in a girl s school in Oxford learning embroidery while her brother despises every minute of his period at Oxford University He asks for her help with an essay an Delightful characters in a little fantastical plotJames is every girl s dream A scholar, a peer, a messy looking, good hearted friend Ellen is smart, innocent and very stubborn a little too much She dreams about traveling the world drawing maps, but sees her dreams shattered by the reality of being a woman of her time She ends up in a girl s school in Oxford learning embroidery while her brother despises every minute of his period at Oxford University He asks for her help with an essay and she ends up wearing his student clothes and even attending a reading at the prestigious school The side characters are wonderful, her brother Gordon the useless wastrel , Becky Ellen s sidekick , Ellen s father All so unique and full of personality This book is a little different from other books I ve read by Mrs Kelly, less emotionally charged andlight and fun Good read


  5. Kathy Kathy says:

    I really liked this one I could tell early on that it would be a keeper and I m happy to say it did not disappoint I loved that the setting was so unique from all the other regencies I ve read I really liked our heroine Ellen She is intelligent and kind I liked how she is able to manage her silly family, and I do wish they would have appreciated her a littleI liked her desire to learnand her love of learning She was obviously smart, but she was quite na ve when it came to love I really liked this one I could tell early on that it would be a keeper and I m happy to say it did not disappoint I loved that the setting was so unique from all the other regencies I ve read I really liked our heroine Ellen She is intelligent and kind I liked how she is able to manage her silly family, and I do wish they would have appreciated her a littleI liked her desire to learnand her love of learning She was obviously smart, but she was quite na ve when it came to love I could understand her refusing Lord Chesney initially, but after awhile I was unclear about her motives I loved James I thought he was a great character and beneath his scholarly personality was quite the romantic I loved their relationship, I liked that they had such a great friendship It made their love a lotbelievable and you know by the end that they will be happy together I did find the idea of Ellen pretending to be a boy a bit unbelievable I just don t think anyone would have been fooled by her attire I also thought the responses to her papers on Shakespeare a little over the top as well I appreciate that she is smart, but standing ovation smart Overall, I did really enjoy the story I loved that it was not only clean, but that James was an honorable guy It is one I would definitely recommend to any regency lover Content Clean.I m glad Cedar Fort is republishing some Carla s older books, I love the new covers


  6. Katie W Katie W says:

    I was completely enchanted by this novel I love the way Ms Kelly words her stories The characters come to life and jump off the pages I could envision Ellen, with her slightly snooty attitude, verbally attacking Jimand her dunderhead brother, Gordon I could picture Jim, with his slightly messy appearance and love of bantering Even Gordon was a vivid picture in my mind I wanted to slap him silly for being such an awful brother, only intent upon squeaky by no matter what the cost Bette I was completely enchanted by this novel I love the way Ms Kelly words her stories The characters come to life and jump off the pages I could envision Ellen, with her slightly snooty attitude, verbally attacking Jimand her dunderhead brother, Gordon I could picture Jim, with his slightly messy appearance and love of bantering Even Gordon was a vivid picture in my mind I wanted to slap him silly for being such an awful brother, only intent upon squeaky by no matter what the cost Better yet, I wanted to slap Ellen to wake her up I think she secretly enjoyed bailing him out time and again However, I especially loved her attitude towards the Dragon and Fanny She could have blown up, but chose to turn the other cheek and deal with her consequences.I loved the gradual path the romance took Ellen wondered what feelings she was really feeling and I loved watching her work through things Ellen was a lady ahead of her times and was a very brave pioneer for equality of women in the education system.This has got to be one of my favorites of Ms Kelly s so far I hope they all get reprinted.Content talk of gambling and drinking maybe a cuss word or two overall clean


  7. Fayley Fayley says:

    This is one of those romances where the heroine turns down the hero and he keeps chasing her.Before he dated me, my husband had a very warm relationship with a young woman but when he asked her out she said no, so he respected her wishes and left her alone Years later she told him that her mother had taught her to turn down a man the first time he asks, and that she had really wanted to go out with him As I reflect on our 16 years of marriage and the wonderful man he is, I think of her and la This is one of those romances where the heroine turns down the hero and he keeps chasing her.Before he dated me, my husband had a very warm relationship with a young woman but when he asked her out she said no, so he respected her wishes and left her alone Years later she told him that her mother had taught her to turn down a man the first time he asks, and that she had really wanted to go out with him As I reflect on our 16 years of marriage and the wonderful man he is, I think of her and laugh and laugh


  8. Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...) Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...) says:

    I enjoyed this humorous look at education in Regency England and the deeper themes that the author deftly brings to light in the midst of well rounded characters and an entertaining story.


  9. Miranda Davis Miranda Davis says:

    I m guessing this Oxford story was an earlier novel of hers because the language too often veers to contemporary and the heroine s endless, angst y internal conflict about marriage versus self realization was truer to the 1970 s than 1800 s The hero is a conflicted marquess who longs for the life of the mind but must do his duty after one last term at Oxford He s a highly regarded All Souls fellow known for his Shakespearean scholarship She s a bright, well read, academically aspiring young w I m guessing this Oxford story was an earlier novel of hers because the language too often veers to contemporary and the heroine s endless, angst y internal conflict about marriage versus self realization was truer to the 1970 s than 1800 s The hero is a conflicted marquess who longs for the life of the mind but must do his duty after one last term at Oxford He s a highly regarded All Souls fellow known for his Shakespearean scholarship She s a bright, well read, academically aspiring young woman with no hope of experiencing the true life of the mind, given family expectations, social limitations and Oxford being all male He dresses like an academic, not a wealthy nobleman and she meets him as Jim rather than by title so the H h strike up a friendship based on shared love of learning and Shakespeare He falls for her almost immediately, pursues her, and proves to be patient, considerate and an all round nice guy while she frets about her dreams, needs and ambitions and holds him at arm s length all the while she abets her brother s academic cheating Neither character evolves much He starts out a bemused academically inclined nobleman and ends up there She is a squire s daughter with wit and academic ambitions and stays there Maybe that s what bored me as the story went on.I found the impasse between the two over long and irritating but the author threw a curve just in time to rescue the story from the dustbin Severalunexpected developments redeemed the story but I was still left liking the intellectual lord and vaguely disliking the acerbic, angst y needlessly conflicted, ungracious heroine Made me think of the book Men Love Smart Bitches Nuf said.I loved the author s depiction of Oxford and its academic life, the campus, the history, all of it infuses the story and gives a wonderful creamy glow to the setting That was spectacular Also, she made the epically irritating plot device of a woman in breeches acceptable as it was not overdone or over emphasized That said, I still wouldn t recommend this to someone looking to read her first Carla Kelly book, better to read Ragsdale This doesn t compare to Reforming Lord Ragsdale for clean, accurate period details and language, elegantly handled plot and likable but complicated characters with secrets who grow, change and find love with one another


  10. Megzy Megzy says:

    4.5 starsI have been reading a lot of modern regency romances where the girl dresses as a man It is a very popular plot which provides convenient distraction for weak characters and story by authors It is often very unrealistic and done in a tasteless mannerusually to bring lustful thoughts to the so called hero s small mind when he pays attention to the heroine s buttocks and how shapely they are in a trouser as his mouth waters This is how it is suppose to be done to keep it believable f 4.5 starsI have been reading a lot of modern regency romances where the girl dresses as a man It is a very popular plot which provides convenient distraction for weak characters and story by authors It is often very unrealistic and done in a tasteless mannerusually to bring lustful thoughts to the so called hero s small mind when he pays attention to the heroine s buttocks and how shapely they are in a trouser as his mouth waters This is how it is suppose to be done to keep it believable for the time period and allow the characters and the plot to remain the focus and what the reader remembers long after they ve finished Well done The cast of characters are well developed They each have their strength, doubts, ideas and weaknesses We watch few of them grow up and understand the limits life and obligation puts on their ideas They are very colorful and vivid and they are all together a force that make this story happen


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