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The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne (Fairbourne Quartet #1)

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A woman running a prestigious London auction house? Preposterous! But that is exactly what Emma Fairbourne intends to do when her father dies, leaving her the reins of this fabulous enterprise. Of course, she is not addlepated enough to do this openly and scare away her wealthy collectors. So she and her friend concoct a deception, hiring a handsome and charming front man ...more
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Published March 2012 by Penguin Berkley Jove
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Wow. I can’t recall a time that this has happened to me with Madeline Hunter. She’s not always a sure thing for me, as I can recall disliking or being disappointed in some of her books, but that’s not really unexpected when I look at how much of her backlist I have read. But I have never been so completely bored when reading when of her books.

Emma’s father, the owner of an auction house, recently died. Emma’s brother, Robert, is presumed dead after a shipwreck, but because her father refused to
Mar 24, 2012 Keri rated it liked it
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Apr 21, 2012 Dabney rated it it was ok
Have you ever met someone, listened to him introduce himself and talk for a while and then, suddenly, sadly, realize you’ve not registered a word he's said? I had the literary version of that experience with Ms. Hunter’s The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne. I read the novel — twice — and both times, as soon as I’d finished it, was hard-pressed to remember anything significant about it. When I think how I’d define this novel, the word that comes to mind is bland.

The heroine of this book is unsurpris
Joana V.
Jan 24, 2016 Joana V. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus
Opinião completa em:
A história traz-nos uma premissa invulgar, uma mulher (Emma) a tentar gerir uma leiloeira numa época em que não se viam mulheres a gerirem algo que não fosse a sua própria casa.
O problema aparece quando se percebe que a leiloeira não era tão legal quanto devia ser – algo que suspeitamos desde o início mas Emma não sabia e Darius(o nosso protagonista masculino) apenas suspeitava que poderia existir ali algo que não devia lá e
Mar 18, 2012 Emma rated it liked it
So well writen yet so booooorrrrrrring. It was very hard to rate this book **sigh**
Mar 02, 2013 Mara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
If you have read the other reviews, you'll notice to words: bland and/or boring. I can only confirm it. This book is so forgettable that one star may be too much. Yes, the author writes in a competent manner, the plot seems interesting enough. But when all is said and done, everything is flat.

The problems start with the title itself. There's no surrender. Because there's no battle. We are promised a strong and intelligent heroine. But I failed to see her. After the first promising chapters, less
Sep 26, 2013 Kyra rated it did not like it
Shelves: regency
I should have been warned off by the word "Surrender" in the title.
It's good that you're warned because it then feels like that word or an equivalent synonym is included in every description of her interaction with or feelings towards the 'hero'.

Ugh, what a pathetic weak woman when it came to her man. I understand that's how women were raised in that time, but it wasn't that she was weak-willed or spineless. She's described as sharp tongued, she's determined to & shown to be able to run a bu
Elis Madison
When Emma Fairbourne’s father unexpectedly falls off a cliff and dies

She makes a number of dismaying discoveries.

First, unbeknownst to her, her father had a partner. The obnoxious, officious, domineering, condescending, gorgeous, overbearing, dictatorial, Earl of Southwaite, who is set on closing the auction house (because god knows a woman couldn’t manage the place properly).

Second, unbeknownst to her, her father had fallen in with smugglers. And the smugglers now expect her to take up where D
Apr 22, 2013 Golder-Mier rated it it was ok
I'm a huge MH fan, I never thought I would say this...ever. But this is one of the most boring books I have ever read. So bland, I wasn't excited when the two main characters got into bed together. And to think that this is the woman who gave the world the Rarest Blooms. In fact I thought she'd written this book back in the day, like early 2000's, only to learn that this book is quite recent.

Her writing is still good, and the banter between the characters has some charming moments but Emma gets
Ana Luisa Henriques
Há um encanto neste livro que emana da personagem principal, o mesmo encanto que chama o nosso protagonista masculino mas que não é suficiente para adorar este livro de Madeline Hunter.

Gostei da determinação de Emma e da dificuldade em abalá-la nas suas decisões mas não gostei (view spoiler) Creio que esta visão a reduziu enquanto personagem e lhe tirou força e verosimilhança nas luta
Mar 27, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Now finished:

I love the slow, luxurious quality of Hunter's writing. Her characters take their time to fall in love and frustrate one another, but the ending is more satisfying for it. I also think her books are better upon reread, when I'm not in a hurry to see how the book is resolved, but rather take the time to enjoy.

While reading:

This is going to sound like a backhanded compliment and I don't mean it that way at all, but --

I love how Hunter's characters say bland nothings to one another and
Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

This is the first book in Madeline Hunter’s Fairbourne Quartet, set in the late 1790s. I sort of wish I’d read the books in order rather than reading the second first, but it’s not essential to enjoy the series.

I’m really loving that the author chose a time period a few years earlier than the Regency, as it was a completely different time. The politics, war on the horizon, different fashions.

The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne is a slow-building book, with much more history
Hannah Fielding
Nov 29, 2012 Hannah Fielding rated it it was amazing
Emma Fairbourne’s father has recently passed away, leaving her alone in the world. What Emma should do is allow the sale of the family business – the prestigious Fairbourne auction house – which would provide the money she needs to continue to live in the family home. But Emma has other ideas. She hopes that she can run the business herself, and preserve it for her lost brother’s return – for although everyone believes her brother died in a shipwreck a long time ago, Emma will not give up hope. ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Joelle rated it it was ok
The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne
By: Madeline Hunter
2 stars
Reviewed by:Angels
Published:Penquin Berkely Love
Source:Purchased Gene: Historical Romance


May 1798 London. Emma wants to keep the family business running. Before dying recently, her father Maurice knew son and heir John, missing two years, still lived. However, Fairbourne auction house is one-third owned by Darius, Earl of Southwaite, who suspects smuggling - of goods and spies. Her plain-speaking plus his curi
May 20, 2012 Kay rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Once again Madeline Hunter has given us a woman of the working or merchant classes, one who has learned her father's art auction business well enough to run the place after he dies. Unfortunately, society and her father's business partner, Darius, the Earl of Southwaite, do not believe that a woman can, or should, run a business.

Things I liked about this book: Usually, Emma does not hold back in telling the earl what she thinks. She (and he?) acknowledge that many of their encounters are based
Lord Rose
I read this a while ago, and I can actually remember the fact that I found it boring. Which is something, I suppose.

I thought the book had some interesting bits of information, but the main characters were rather forgettable. (Some of the secondary characters, on the other hand, seem to have interesting potential. Handsome Stupid Man and the French woman interested me a lot more. And the ex-friend in old fashioned clothes. Honestly, I remember more about them than the main characters.)

(view sp
Jun 03, 2015 skein rated it it was ok
i've had a deeper emotional and physical struggle dealing with a stuck zipper in a dressing room.
Aug 05, 2014 Nikita rated it liked it
When Emma Fairbourne’s father, Maurice, is found dead at the bottom of a cliff near the family cottage in Kent, the duty of running Maurice’s famous auction house, Fairbourne’s, falls to Emma. Except that Society will never accept a woman running a such a prestigious business! Emma plans to hire a front man – someone handsome and charming who can act as the alleged “proprietor” while Emma silently manages the business behind closed doors. But just as she begins putting her plan into motion, Dari ...more
Lisa Creane
Jul 24, 2014 Lisa Creane rated it really liked it
I liked this series. All the heroes were interesting and clever and funny and the heroines intelligent outcasts who found and supported each other like in the Lisa KleypasLisa Kleypas's Wallflowers series), but without the same warmth and humor in the women.

The women were cranky. With good reason, but still a somber bunch.

The best of this series is the third book The Counterfeit Mistress (Fairbourne Quartet, #3) by Madeline Hunter, in my view, because Kendale is such an unbelievable hoot. The way the other men tease him throughout the series is priceless, but t
Feb 28, 2015 Greentea rated it liked it
This is my first novel of Madeline Hunter. I've actually read a few chapters of this but decided to let go then after a year I read it again and finished it. I rated it 3 stars because it's hard to say whether it's a good one or a bad one. Allow me to explain. The pacing of the story seem to be too slow that I left this novel last year. A reader has to have the patience to read more towards the middle in order to get piqued with interest.

The characters
Emma Fairbourne was the youngest daughter o
Jun 17, 2012 Gail rated it liked it
This one is set in the earlyish days of the French Revolution, in 1798 or 99, when England was anticipating an invasion. Heroine's father ran an art auction house. He's died falling off a cliff overlooking the English Channel, which raises suspicions, and his daughter's trying to keep the business open and profitable. But there's this silent, noble partner of her father's. And strange things happening. Hero's the nobleman partner, heroine's the auction house owner.
Mili Fay
Jan 02, 2016 Mili Fay rated it really liked it
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Apr 19, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical romance readers
This was an intriguing plot with good characters. Emma Fairbourne, the heroine, is mourning her father's death and trying to preserve his auction house for the brother she believes is alive even though everyone else in society believes he died in a shipwreck. Not only are women not allowed or trusted in business though, but she finds out that she has to deal with an Earl who invested in the auction house and is now 1/2 owner and wants nothing more than to shut it down. And to complicate things e ...more
An Odd1
Mar 25, 2014 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fan, xrate
May 1798 London. Emma wants to keep the family business running. Before falling off a Kent seaside cliff recently, father Maurice asserted that son and heir John still lived, despite two years presumed sunk at sea. However, Fairbourne auction house is one-third owned by Darius, Earl of Southwaite, who suspects smuggling - of goods and spies.

Clever people have fun and face danger. Previews echo themes. Daphne Kelmsleigh grieves father Horation. Giselle seeks Andreas to rescue foolish brother Reg
Mar 10, 2012 Sidonie rated it it was amazing
This is beautifully written, many layered romance! I thought it was breathtakingly good- almost flawless.One of the rare books I have started giving to my favorite people. I LOVED this book. I highly recommend it. This may be going too far...but it sometimes reminded me of Jane Austen.
Jul 14, 2014 Carleen rated it really liked it
The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne is about Emma Fairbourne and Darius Southwaite, who both have an interest in her late father's auction house. She wants to continue with it, while he wants to sell it. Emma is constantly challenging and confusing Darius, which makes for some fun encounters. Early in the book there is a funny misunderstanding about a newspaper advertisement. I liked this line: "I do not require more time or conversation. I merely thought it best to explain just which tune I intend ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eita romance mais fraquinho :(

Uma pessoa desaparecida, outra que morre e o que os une?
Uma leiloeira.
Leiloeira esta que fica a ser gerida por Emma Fairbourne.

Mas uma mulher à frente de um negócio que envolve muito dinheiro e muitos interesses não é bem visto neste século.
Mesmo que esta mulher tenha mais conhecimentos e capacidade de avaliação que a maioria dos homens da alta sociedade.

Quanto ao elemento masculino, não é nada de novo para quem já leu uns 4 ou mais livros desta autora.

E o roman
Mar 27, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
Ms. Hunter's books almost always get 5 stars from me. There is just something about the language she uses that is more eloquent than the average romance author. This story does not disappoint.
Brandi Larsen
Aug 17, 2015 Brandi Larsen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I love the way Madeline Hunter writes and keep returning to read more and more by her.

I just finished this title over the weekend, and it was phenomenal. I loved the passion and intrigue (the ballroom scene is amazing!). I especially loved the heroine, Emma Fairbourne. She's smart and plain spoken in an era when almost nobody else is. Her heart is in the right place, even if her actions aren't always following the straight path.

I think this is one of Madeline Hunter's best.

I work at Penguin Rand
I am of mixed feelings regarding this book. One the one hand, I really enjoyed the cerebral aspect of the story line: I learned quite a bit about art, art history, and auctioning art. (Apparently, this is Ms. Hunter's actual area of expertise, and it shows.) I appreciated that the hero and heroine weren't a pair of fluff-brained buffoons that slavered over each other's good looks and groped and fondled at every excuse. I liked the heroine's brains (at the beginning, at least), and her employment ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 25, 2015 06:22AM  
  • The Duchess Diaries (Boscastle #12; The Bridal Pleasures, #3)
  • Mad About the Earl (Ministry of Marriage, #2)
  • The Revenge of Lord Eberlin (The Secrets of Hadley Green, #2)
  • Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea (Royal Entourage, #1)
  • The Casanova Code (The Rake Patrol, #1)
  • Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke (Scandalous Brides, #3)
  • The Bride Wore Pearls (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #3)
  • Along Came a Duke (Rhymes With Love, #1)
  • When a Scot Loves a Lady (Falcon Club, #1)
  • Be My Prince (The Royal Trilogy, #1)
  • How to Dance with a Duke (Ugly Ducklings, #1)
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed (Sons of Sin, #1)
  • When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Jewels of the Ton, #1)
  • Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane, #4)
  • Bride by Mistake (Devil Riders, #5)
  • Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (Donovan Sisters, #2)
  • A Notorious Countess Confesses (Pennyroyal Green, #7)
  • Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers, #2)
Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. Her books have won two RITA awards and seven nominations, and have had three starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, Madeline has a Ph.D. in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.
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Other Books in the Series

Fairbourne Quartet (4 books)
  • The Conquest of Lady Cassandra (Fairbourne Quartet, #2)
  • The Counterfeit Mistress (Fairbourne Quartet, #3)
  • The Accidental Duchess (Fairbourne Quartet, #4)

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