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The Best Intentions (Country House Party #2)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  608 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Customers who enjoy the traditional Regency Romances of Georgette Heyer, Barbara Metzger, and Carla Kelly will enjoy this witty Regency romp by New York Times bestselling author Candice Hern. The Earl of Strickland is a handsome widower in search of a new wife to be a mother to his two young children. Having lost his one true love, he is determined on a practical, dispassi ...more
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published May 9th 2011 (first published 1999)
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This was such a fun and delightful type of traditional regency that holds a special place in my heart. Everything was plain fun from the very top-lofty Earl to the unconventional young miss that are surprised when they fall in love with one another.

Miles, Earl of Strickland wants a loveless marriage and a mother for his two daughters. Hiding his emotions behind very correct in his thoughts and manners, and losing his first love and wife, he doesn't believe he'll ever love again. His life is ch
I loved this book. It was lovely, cute and charming. I read it in almost a day, just like the previous book in the series A Garden Folly, but I preferred this one. It had a bit more substance than the other one, and the two leads did not spend their time fighting and arguing (or French-kissing). I already liked the Earl of Strickland in the previous story, better in fact, than the Duke of Carlisle, the hero of AGF, so it was wonderful to get to read his story. It can be read as a standalone, but ...more
Miles Strickland, the Earl of Prescott is furious with his sister Winifred. Winifred has written to inform her brother that she will be arriving for a month-long visit with two female cousins in tow: one a girl just out of the school room and the other her older, widowed sister. Miles can see through his sister's matchmaking plot and he has no intentions of marrying a young girl whose thoughts of matrimony undoubtedly include love and romance. Miles is done with all that. He buried his heart wit ...more
Sakura Yue Michaelis
I was misled by the good reviews once again. I was expecting more: more laughs, more sweetness. Taking that aside, it was a good regency novel.

I did not know this was the 2nd of a series, but thankfully it is not necessary to read the first one to read this. Hannah, the clumsy heroine, was likeable most of the times. She loves architecture, and to read books, and she is not interested in marriage and clothes and that kind of things. And I mean, she really isn't, not like other novels where heroi
What a cute book! I loved it and read it in a day.

I preferred it over A Garden Folly which was the first book in the series (although this book can be read independently). This book wasn't all about kissing as book 1 was but had more substance. We remember the Earl of Strickland from the first book, still on the lookout for a wife to be a mother to his girls and determined that she should be older due to his lost hopes in book one. The flirtatious, beautiful widow Charlotte seems like the right
Burgandy Ice
Lol... this is a laughing fun romp into regency era with delightful new characters.

Hannah is unlike anyone I've ever read about from this time period. She is resistant to ladylike improvements and she obviously needs some. Her mom never taught her to think before speaking, primarily, and thoroughly enjoyed her antics. Some of what Hannah enjoys is simply fun and delightful, but in other ways... she's completely clueless. She doesn't understand men or attracting positive attention. I honestly won
Hannah was a delightful heroine-always getting into scrapes and generally being unlike a lady. She was also everything Miles did NOT want in a wife, so of course they fell in love.
Lady Wesley
Nice little story about a widower falling in love when he didn't want to. I liked the heroine a lot; also the children were cute. Nothing special, but an enjoyable read for 99 cents.
Review originally posted at Tea, Toast & Books.

In Brief: Widower Miles needs a mother for his children, but has no interest in looking for love again, believing he can never feel for anyone what he felt for his wife. Besides, he’s far too proper and starched for that sort of thing. When his sister brings a widow and her younger sister to the estate for a visit, he knows a setup is in the works. Hannah has her head in the clouds, but not for romance — she’s far too focused on her study of arc
Susannah Carleton
I hadn't planned on rereading this book at this time, but I'd just finished A Garden Folly, and this book just happened to be one I'd downloaded for the Kindle app on my phone, so I couldn't help myself.

Miles Prescott, the Earl of Strickland, recently decided it was time to remarry and give his daughters a new mother, but his first foray (in A Garden Folly) was not a success. Now, however, his sister, Winifred, and her family are coming for a month-long visit---and bringing with them two ladies
Hell is paved with good intentions.” ― Samuel Johnson

I just couldn’t resist throwing in this famous quote by the great literary genius, poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer of the 18th century, Samuel Johnson. His moral and literary influence on Jane Austen has been well documented by scholars. Austen’s inspiration on her beneficiaries including Georgette Heyer, the greatest Regency romance novelist of the 20th century, and now the next generation with
Edited to add a very favourable review from a Regency web site I adore: ... check it out!

I came close to clicking "liked it" but the spectre of Balogh's An Unacceptable Offer loomed ... the age gap was pretty huge ... I couldn't decide whether the older sister was an eeeeeevil wicked stepsister or just misunderstood. What else: the secondary couple was difficult to get behind. Basically the younger brother slept with a married woman before he went off to
Miguelina Perez
If Candice Hern’s best intention was to bring us a magical story, then she has most definitely succeeded. Best Intentions is a story about magic—the Magic of Love—finding it when you least expect it and being given a second chance at it.

Miles Prescott, Earl of Strickland, needs a wife, but more than a wife he needs a mother for his two young daughters. A year after his wife’s death, the Earl’s sister, Winifred, decides it is high time that he remarries, so she descends upon his home with her hus
I really enjoyed this book. It takes place at a month long "house party". I always love books that revolve around a house party where there all different types of characters and interactions.

In this book Hannah and her sister, Charlotte, are invited to the house party in hopes of making a match between Charlotte and the host, Miles, the Earl of Strickland. Charlotte is a beautiful and graceful widow and Hannah is a young, free spirit interested only in medieval architecture. Other characters in
Again I just love these light romances. This story is about the Earl of Strickland(Miles) who in the previous novel lost out on the lady who he was prepared to marry and be the mother to his children. He has decided to reenter the marrige mart because he knows that his two little girls need a mother and he thinks that he could never find another love like his deceased wife again. His sister(Winifred) unbeknownst to him has invited two ladies to visit with the same thought in mind. The older lady ...more
not good...esp the secondary story..
the h is willful and childish and a whiner throughout never liked her ...oh so soft of her to build a gud relationship vit children...
and she was not soo much artful as she was willful and determinedly childish...yet she was whining about people not seeeing her as a lady..come on one must at least put some effort on it....

and the H ...was ..i did not get him.. i only understood that yes he loves his kids and wife a lot...throughout the story there was his love
I found this book entirely charming, clean enough to recommend to anyone, and with a core of honest affection that I sometimes miss.

Miles is a grieving widower who loved his wife very much. However, he has decided to remarry, and given his emotional state, he thinks it would be unfair to marry a young woman who expects the kind of passion he no longer feels like he can supply.

Hannah is a clumsy, impetuous nerd. She really is. She has an enormous geek on about architecture, and I find it entirely
Jemma Gutierrez
This needs more steam and length and im disappointed it had to end up so quickly- or maybe that' because i devoured it on one sitting.

What i loved about this is the: plot and the heroine. Trust me when those two combines hardly nothing could ever go wrong.

Our heroin is one of my favorite of all time; she is unussual, funny, quirky, bursting with life, smart, the lists goes on and on. Having read a lot of HR books where the heroine is prim and proper and obviously ordinary-made interesting only c
Micah Persell
Aug 01, 2011 Micah Persell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Regency Romance Lovers
This book was lovely, and so much fun! I purchased it because the author, Candice Hern, was compared to Georgette Heyer. This comparison was not far from the mark. I found Hern to be an updated version of Heyer. The Best Intentions had all of the Regency elements of Heyer and Austin, but was a bit more sexy, although, still, achingly sweet and clean.

*Spoilers Follow*
My only qualm was the side story of the hero's brother, George, and his long-lost love, Rachel. I despised this side story and coul
Fun and delightful!

I enjoyed this book so much! it is a fun romp of first love and self discovery. you will enjoy if you love recency romance. Good read! a great rainy day book. enjoy!

Marsha Wright
Thank you Candice Hern, very enjoyable read!

This was 5 star for me. The story moved easily, characters and plot moved naturally,( not too contrived) and I liked the characters. Great Book!
I enjoyed this book, especially the unconventional heroine Heather. It also made the Miles, the Duke of Strickland, appear less stodgy as he was portrayed in the previous book A Garden Folly.

What I did not like was Heather left in the church hole, while Strickland took his daughter away.
Dot Dittman
A lovely hilarious story with an endearing heroine who does everything wrong...or maybe does everything right? Not a run-of-the-mill regency, but this book has all the elements--with a twist!
June Helmholtz
The Best Intentions

Candice Hern has outdone herself with The Best Intentions. If you are looking for a novel with wit and humour, this is a must read. I truly enjoyed it.
The Best Intentions was a cleverly written story of women, surviving in a man's world. When their wealthy cousin dies, a transformation is made to impersonate him. But finding love is not on the agenda and so the charade ensues. Funny and quite heart warming. A recommended read.
This was a very fast read for me!I enjoyed it very much!The heroine Hannah was not looking for romance.She was a tomboy creature, whose sister Charlotte was exasperated for her non-ladylike behavior.Very comical at times.
Nice, uncomplicated story. If you are looking for more in depth character driven regency romance, look somewhere else.
Very annoying that my review was just eaten by my Goodreads app!

This was a very sweet traditional Regency romance. It's funny how a few kisses in a book like this can be a bigger thrill than reading every explicit sexual detail in others.

I liked that Miles had really loved his first wife and the author didn't feel the need to diminish the first wife in some way, as so many authors do. I also liked Hannah very much, though I might have bought her expertise if she were a bit older.

I got this for
Just A. Bean
Enjoyable romp about an archaeology nerd totally not courting and kind of accidentally falling for an Earl her older sister had set her cap for. I especially enjoyed the Saxon architecture bits, and how natural her nerdiness about old churches felt. Her interactions with the kids played out well too, feeling properly adorable and not at all stilted.

I felt that the growing attraction between the leads was a little underplayed. I got that he liked her and found her interesting and appreciated that
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Candice Hern is the award-winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency period. Her books have won praise for the "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality (Booklist). Candice's award-winning website ( is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers inter ...more
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