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A Fool Again (Duchess Quartet #1.5)

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  1,380 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews

A Fool Again is the story of Genevieve, who once made a dash to Gretna Greene to marry, but was caught by her father. Now, a few years later, she attends the funeral of her elderly husband (not the man she ran away to marry) and who does she see but The One Who Got Away! Can they make their love work this time around or will Genevieve be A Fool Again?

Kindle Edition, 74 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books
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Thank goodness this was a free download and I didn't actually pay for it. I typically enjoy Eloisa James' books, but this one did not do it for me at all. At first I thought it might be due to the fact that it's a short story, but honestly, it was the character of Genevieve. I just didn't like her. The story started out okay, we meet Genevieve who is a young widower. Her one true love got away when her father interrupted their elopement to Gretna Green and then forced her to marry a much older g ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this, and I love EJ's writing style, but the heroine came off as ditzy rather than cute. I also actually liked the rival Felton, and I thought he was the hero at first, so that might have skewed my view on him. Tobias was a great hero...with his head up his ass. He never quite understood til it was too late that he'd compromised Genevieve (not just her virtue) but he'd taken away her choice. He did eventually realize it, but I didn't like how no one quite understood what the o
Mar 16, 2016 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As far as "the one that got away" stories go, this one was just OK.

The heroine, Genevieve, was flighty and sometimes annoying. She claims to be in love with Felton - and even goes so far to engage his affections as to attack him in a carriage and then later demand he kiss her in front of the entire ton. That very same night she makes-out with Tobias - twice. She was an unlikable character.

We're thrown off because Felton is introduced at the beginning of the story and it's assumed he'll be the h
Teresa Gibson
Short fluffy brain candy e-book that I read while sitting in the Central Jury Room, waiting and well, waiting. It's a very light Regency historical romance about Genevieve, who at a young age is separated from her true love. In the ensuing years, she's married off to a wealthy old man who later passes away and will only leave his fortune to her if she marries one of his business associates. Genevieve is intrigued by Felton, the younger of the associates, but can't quite get his attention. In the ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Dorine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a free book for Nook that I grabbed to try Eloisa James’ style.

Lady Genevieve Mulcaster, a widow, is in a precarious position, orchestrated by her deceased husband. Per his will, she is to remain in mourning for two years, and then, if she marries one of his two business partners, she will inherit his estate. Otherwise, the estate will go to the church, with a small amount coming to Genevieve.

Having been forced to marry an elderly man, by her father who caught her running off to Gretna
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2.5 stars

This was a sweet short story about a young widow who must marry her husband's business partner in order to get her inheritance. I didn't really understand the attraction between Mr. Felton and Genvieve, it seemed rather contrived and proper. Even Felton's proposal seemed like a business transaction. Things look up for Genvieve when her first love returns from India. I liked Tobias' character and the way he is described makes him seem to be the more attractive ch
I did enjoy this little novella to an extent. It was the first time I read anything by Eloisa James, but it has made me want to check out some of her other novels.

The storyline was cute... the boy from her past comes back to her, except... she insists that she no longer has feelings for him (but that's a big joke) and that she'd rather marry this man that didn't seem to care for her in the least bit. Yeah. That makes complete sense. She spends the whole story behaving like this silly little girl
Susan Robison
May 02, 2011 Susan Robison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just got a Kindle and have been reading anything I can get my hands on from the free kindle store. I had high hopes for this one. It was set in a time period and location that I love and couldn't wait to dive in. However, I was disappointed to see that this was just a trashy novel, which was heavy on the trash, short on the novel. I finished it, trying to give it a chance and paging through the predictable garbage looking for the story, but never really found much of one. Not great unless that ...more
A sweet novella about Tobias Darby, Devil spawn, and Lady Genevieve Mulcaster, young widow and once-upon-a-time ruined by the aforementioned Devil spawn when their elopement failed.

Genevieve is instructed by her late husband's will to marry one of his partners in order to gain access to her inheritance, and she's more than happy to comply since she has a crush on one of them, Lucius Felton, elegant gentleman and ruthless businessman.

Her plans are derailed when Tobias unexpectedly returns from In
Dec 05, 2014 Pam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A Fool Again is a novella by Eloise James. It is set in the late 1800’s in London. The plot is very simple and the characters are realistic.
Lady Genevive Mulcaster (24) is the widow of Erasmus Mulcaster. At the funeral, she relives her life from the time she and Toby Darcy tried to run away to Gretna Green and marry, to her father catching them and marrying her off to Erasmus, to his stingy ways which resulted in her wearing a dress over 5 years old today, and finally to the funeral and who was
This is another free Nook download.

I enjoyed parts of this, but I never really understood why the heroine was so in love with her husband's business partner. Therefore I didn't understand the rest of her actions. Especially her stubborn refusal to see the good in the hero.

For a short story (novella length) I thought the romance was well done. I really liked the hero and how quick he was willing to cop to his feelings.

Overall not a bad read.
Aly is so frigging bored
I only wish that it was longer...
Sep 16, 2012 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas, romance
This book should actually be listed as #2.5 of the Duchess Quartet (view spoiler).

It also links The Duchess Quartet with the Essex Sisters, and should probably be read before Much Ado About You.

This novella was okay for a fast read. I'm glad that there was already a history between Genevieve and both Felton and Darby, otherwise, in so short a medium, the story would have been rushed and less believable. As it was, I t
Book Binge
This was a free Nook download. I'm not a huge EJ fan. I've read a few of her books and enjoyed them, but not so much I find myself anxious to read more. This novella was sweet and simple. I enjoyed it for the most part, though I did have issues.

Genevieve was ready to marry the man of her dreams after only a few hours, but they were caught on their way to Gretna Green and she was forced to marry an old man instead. He has recently passed away and Genevieve has her cap set on marrying her late hu
Nov 17, 2013 Patrice rated it really liked it
This is a novella that I read for the “Climb the Stairs” Challenge. I always enjoy Eloisa James’ stories. She writes a wonderful historical romance. This story begins with the young heroine, Genevieve, attending the funeral of her elder husband by some 4 decades. She did as her father told her and really had no attachment to the husband that “saved her from ruin”. See, Genevieve had run off to Gretna Green, seven years earlier, with one of the sons of their neighbor, Tobias Darby. They sort-of ...more
Lori McD
So... I guess this story takes place long before "Much Ado About You", because Lucius Felton plays a role in it -- as a suitor, no less! I might have to go back to re-read at least the 1st of the Essex sisters book to discover if Tobias and Genevieve are mentioned... I don't remember that they are.

But this delightful story is about Genevieve, Toby (Tobias), and Lucius. In an impetuous moment, childhood friends Genevieve and Toby meet again at a country party and within 3 hours are on their way t
The book was okay.

I didn't like the character Genevieve that much. I thought most of the time she was in love with someone because they were handsome, rather than something more solid. I also find her somewhat wish-washy.It was interesting to see from a reader's point of view regarding her comments about Tobias lustful behavior while she wasn't any better though.

(view spoiler)
Cocktails and Books
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I definitely like Eloisa James' style of writing, and I've read a few of her novels to date that I've enjoyed, but I'm not sure if I liked "A Fool Again" in retrospect. I found myself having two major qualms with the story that made it a longer read than it should've been (I finished this in about two hours, admittedly, but that's not as quick as I finish novellas if I'm truly into them). I haven't read the series that this particular novella accompanies, but I found Genevieve to be a heroine th ...more
The UHQ Nasanta
2 stars


I'm not quite certain what I had expected from this novella. I had previously enjoyed this author's novels, and with that in mind, I wasn't afraid of disliking this book, exactly, nor did I. But it wasn't anything great either.

While I was initially a bit confused about what was going on, the information was revealed along the way which cleared up matters. I found it amusing that Erasmus sounded so much like Ebenezer Scrooge, and Lucius Felton like the Malfoys. I didn't quite understa
I dithered and dithered over whether to give this story three stars or four. Eloisa James knows how to tell a story. She knows how to make it from beginning to end a story that the reader needs to keep turning the pages to get to the oh so sweet Happily Ever After. It's well written as her books always are, but…

Genevieve. Oh Genevieve. She starts making mistakes by running off with Tobias then doesn't really change much. She marries another much older man once her father catches her. When the hu
A Fool Again is about widow Genevieve who gets a condition in The Will that she's got to marry one of her dead husband business partners or she will be left without any income. Since she is attracted to one of them, it seems like it will not be such a tough task but then her first love re-appears willing to try again. Who will Genevieve choose?

A cute and short historical romance story with a couple of hot and romantic scenes. I like Eloisa James writing style, it's a little bit more modern and e
Feb 07, 2012 April rated it really liked it
I think this was a Kindle freebie — and it was offered for free with good results as I think I'll be buying other books from this author in the future. I really enjoyed the writing and characterization.

What I especially liked about this story was that I wasn't sure at first who the hero was. I thought I knew when I started reading the book, but I was proven wrong the further I read. It reminds me a little of when I first read Judith McNaught's Whitney, My Love —I was sure the hero was the good l
The Lusty Literate
Genevieve is sweet but naive. This naivety employed reads as slightly dim-witted making her a hard character to love. She is most endearing and relatable when her passion and free-spirited true self goes unchecked. When Tobias returns the fun really begins. The best reading is when the young lovers are alone and their pent-up passions for each other ignite.

The male characters are strikingly different objects of affection. Felton is dark, dashing and dangerous. Tobias is untamed, overgrown and lu

I liked the concept of this one. The couple tried to elope after only knowing each other for a few hours, failed, he went away, and now they meet up years later. Buuut the hero felt too manipulative and I felt like the heroine never made much of a choice.

Also, this one also had a hero from the Essex Sisters book as a rival! Though it wasn't as jarring as in Your Wicked Ways.

Also, this should be book 2.5, not 1.5.
Charity Parkerson
I love Eloisa James and in my opinion she has never written a bad book. The reason she lost a star here was because the story was so short and I felt like there were so many things that happened that were left out of the story, but it was still a wonderful story. When Genevieve's elderly husband dies she sees her freedom in sight, but her husband left an unorthodox leaving her once again in limbo. She must choose to marry one of two men that her late husband has hand picked or she would not rece ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Short novella from an author I normally enjoy. This isn't necessarily a bad short story, but I didn't like the characters much at all. The most intriguing character was the man made out to be the bad guy and romantic rival for the hero. I would be interested in reading a story about him.
May 26, 2015 Jessie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-ebook
Maybe because I didn't read the first book, or possibly because this one was a novella, I felt like I was missing something. I didn't get the attraction Genevieve felt for Felton, and I didn't get the attraction Tobias felt for Genevieve (except she was kind of a floozy). Meh.
Jan 12, 2015 LadyCalico rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the synopsis sounded like a really cute idea for a, was I wrong! I rate really terrible books two-stars and reserve the one star rating for books that are sheer torture to try to slog through. This novella surely qualifies. It had one positive attribute: it was short.
Dec 21, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've adored everything I've read by Eliosa James so far. She has a way with words, everything she writes, even Facebook posts, are so delightfully descriptive that I feel like I'm there. This is a story of a young lady who impulsively ran off to Gretna Green with an impetious young man, was caught by her father and even though she had been compromised in the carriage on the way, he married her off to a miserly older man and arranged for the young man to leave for India. Once her elderly husband ...more
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New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeat ...more
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Duchess Quartet (4 books)
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