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The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne (Fairbourne Quartet #1)

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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 curiosity leads to passion.
Paperback, 328 pages
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
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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
So well writen yet so booooorrrrrrring. It was very hard to rate this book **sigh**
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
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
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
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
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
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 2 of 5 stars
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.)

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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
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
An Odd1
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
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.
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
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.
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
Madeline Hunter is one of my favorite HR authors, but this one missed the mark.

The first half of the story took way too long with explaining each player's place in the world, in establishing Fairbourne's auction house, and Emma's and Darius' relationship to the auction house.

The story also lacked a believable attraction between Emma and Darius. I was completely flummoxed by Darius' attraction to Emma as it was simply described as her inexplicable magnetic appeal. Erm, no. A book isn't allowed t
Author: Madeline Hunter
First published: 2012
Length: 344 pages, 4885 kindle locations
Setting: London and Kent, 1798. Georgian.
Sex: Somewhat dreamy with a fade-to-black quality. (Explicit until the final act when the door slams shut). Frequent.
Hero: Dabbles as a spy. Half-owner of the auction house. Earl.
Heroine: Daughter of a merchant. Trying to run an auction house.
Includes: Excerpts from The Conquest of Lady Cassandra, Ravishing in Red, An Interrupted Tapestry by Madeline Hunter.

Smugglers and t
As promised, I went back and read the first in this series (having read book 2 earlier, not realizing it WAS a book 2). This was still quite good, but I think on the whole I liked book 2 better.

The smuggling plotline was *very* well done (maybe 3 1/2 stars would be a fairer assessment), but to offset that, the romance was not everything it could have been. The hero is rather an insufferable and high-handed blockhead for a good bit of the book, and I had a hard time warming up to him. He falls pr
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This is the first of Madeline Hunter's books that I've read. This is the first in a series and that means a lot of exposition and a lot of history of pre-Napoleonic War history. I know more about smugglers and efforts to thwart them than I ever did before.

That point made, the dryness of the book outweighed the erotic and for a Regency romance, slightly unusual sex and love making. It took a long time for Emma and Darius to get to that milestone, it was interesting because as the usual untouched
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Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews. 3 Kisses, 1 Pepper (M/F oral sex)

Emma Fairbourne's father passed away and left her an auction house. But women don't run auction houses. Before his death, her father had sold half of the business to Darius, the Earl of Southwaite. Now Darius is insisting the business must be sold. He doesn't want his involvement to become public knowledge. He and Emma are both coming to the same worrisome conclusion that her father may have sourced some of the goods he sold at aucti
Miss Emma Fairbourne is determined to continue running her father's prosperous auction house after he dies. A few years back, a ship with her only brother on it sank, but Emma's father always assured her that he was still alive somewhere, and she's determined that the auction house will be there for him when he returns. Of course, as a woman, she can't run it openly, but she schemes with her wealthy friend, and with a trusty employee as a front man, she is sure that she will be able to assure th ...more
Apr 05, 2013 BookMaven rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery, History, Romance Lovers
Recommended to BookMaven by: Daily Cheap Reads
Emma Fairbourne's father has just passed away. Her brother has disappeared and is presumed dead by most. However, Emma believes he is still alive, and her father's business, Fairbourne Auction House, a rival to Christie's Auction, must be preserved to be passed to her brother in case he does return. It is unheard of that a woman would run an auction, but Emma believes she has no choice. Besides, it is her only means of support, also. She is barely able to pull an auction together in order to pay ...more
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Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, she has a Ph.D. in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.
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