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Practical Widow to Passionate Mistress (The Transformation of the Shelley Sisters #1)

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From servants' quarters to master's bedroom!Meg eloped to escape her reverend father's iron rule. Now widowed, she's desperate to return to her sisters. When Major Brandon is left unconscious on the Bordeaux docks, Meg grabs her chance--posing as his wife, she boards a ship to England.

Meg might have saved his life, but does she have to be so bossy--or downright irresistibl...more
ebook, Harlequin Historical #1052, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Harlequin Special Releases (first published March 1st 2010)
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Adoro os históricos da época da regência (vulgo "luvinhas"), ainda mais quando eles fogem do normal para as historias da época.
Meg, no comecinho, é a perfeita mocinha ingênua inglesa: filha de um vigário, ela foge para se casar com um soldado, a partir daí a sua vida vira um inferno. Depois de 5 anos de guerra com a França de Napoleão, seu marido morre, e com o final da guerra ela procura um jeito de voltar para casa e acaba salvando um oficial de morrer afogado, ou melhor, um urso enorme de mo...more
Karyn Gerrard

A smashing good read, I have a soft spot for Harlequin historicals, and Louise Allen delivers here with an emotional, romantic story.

I loved the hero, Ross Brandon. Imagine a hero that is not drop dead handsome, how refreshing. But he is am imposing presence physically. On his way back to Cornwall from serving in Spain, Major Brandon finds himself tended by a penniless widow needing passage back to England. I love their time spent on the ship, how their relationship grows and unfolds....more
The story was rolling along very nicely until the last 50 pages or so, when it went right off the rails and turned into a trainwreck, with an unnecessarily sugary sentimental ending (although this might be a Harlequin requirement rather than the author's preference) and one of the main threads of the story, the heroine's search for her sisters, completely unresolved. (IMHO, if the author had not made so much of this subplot of the missing sisters, she would have had a lot more room in the allott...more
Andreia Silva
Meg, a irmã Shelley romântica e sonhadora, parte para longe da tirania do pai, procurando pelo destino que pensa que merece, um futuro onde ela própria tomará as rédeas da sua vida. Depois de o marido morrer numa batalha, em tempos de Napoleão, salva o capitão Brandon de um afogamento e faz-se passar... por sua esposa, durante uma viagem de barco até Inglaterra.

Gostei muito da primeira parte do livro, durante a viagem do barco e nesse momento a autora cria uma afinidade muito interessante e genu...more
Another great book that I enjoyed through Harlequin Historicals. I had forgotten why I love them so much. They are such a quick read and have the spicy romance that I love to read.
In spite of the clunky title, this is a charming, engaging romance between two people who heal each other from their painful pasts.
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Margareth Shelley, Meg, adalah anak kedua dari reverend Shelley yg mempunyai sifat memberontak. Tak tahan dengan perlakuan ayahnya ia pun kabur ke Perancis bersama James, pujaan hatinya. Setelah lima tahun di Perancis, James yg seorang tentara meninggal karena penyakit. Saat Meg kabur dari rumah, ayahnya mencoretnya dari daftar keluarga. Sedangkan keluarga James tidak mengakuinya karena Meg dianggap telah menggoda anak laki-laki mereka dan memaksa...more
Il était une fois, trois jeunes filles qui vivaient avec leur père dans la campagne anglaise.
Leur père, pasteur, était un homme sévère, violent, voyant les femmes comme des pécheresses devant tout le temps être remises dans le droit chemin. Elles avaient une vie triste et fade avec aucune perspective d’avenir.
Meg, la cadette, avait un tempérament vif et romantique et dès que son ami d’enfance fut de retour elle s’enfuya avec.
Ils partirent sur les fronts en Espagne car James était soldat et Meg s...more
Gabrielle Prendergast
It’s hard for me to find adult books that appeal to me enough for me to make the commitment so many of them entail. So many are so long and ponderous and the premises so dire that I jut can’t face it. So this month, to satisfy both the adult and historical categories I read this rather charming Harlequin romance. I liked the feisty heroine, Meg, her heartbreak and her pragmatism. She has a very clear goal, to find her sisters, and will (almost) anything to achieve it. The dark antihero, Brandon,...more
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Tammy Terrace
A strong heroine and a woman that thinks for herself and embraces the odds - instead of the usual shrinking violet delicate heroine of the 1800s we have a worthy Florence Nightingale. The hero is believable and embraceable and I think, really true to life - torn between rank and station and what appeals to his soul.
Pretty good. I liked the characters and the plot. There were plenty of emotions, some gruffness, a good consequence scene early on that definitely made me laugh, some sweetness, some bad memories, good side characters (some of them anyway), the book mostly brightened as it went, some steaminess, a little tad of action and a good ending. This had me definitely wanting to read about the sisters. Overall a good book for pretty much an anytime read, but not all consuming. Enjoy
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Annalise Grey
I got the audio book version from my library because listening to audio books makes cleaning, etc. so much easier. The narrator is really why I gave this one a less than stellar rating. I enjoyed the storyline and characters very much - reminiscent of Jane Eyre in reverse. But the narrator DID NOT know how to create a man's voice without sounding like she was a super creepy protect-your-wives-and-children sort of "man". It made the "adult" scenes just awkward at best and downright uncomfortable...more
This book popped up as a Goodreads recommendation based on my "mindless fluff" shelf. I found the book from my library's digital audiobooks, and I actually liked the book all the way up until the last 5 chapters. The hero is unconventional, not dashing good looks, and the heroine wasn't altogether helpless. I kept waiting to find out what happened to Meg's sisters, and I think the book never quite resolved this in a way that I found satisfactory. I think maybe if I had read the book instead of l...more
The writing in this story was good enough that I'm thinking of reading more in the series. I definitely will give this author another try. Now, there was a LOT that I thoroughly enjoyed in this story. The supporting characters, the descriptions of locations, and even, to a certain degree, the hero and heroine. But...They just didn't engage me enough. I didn't care all that much about their relationship. I kept reading in spite of that and, as I said, I'll probably read another book in the series...more
Library book sale pick up and a not bad read. It was quick and not taxing after some of the heavier items I've been reading. Already requesting the other two stories in the trilogy. I hope that we aren't finished with Meg and Ross, the main characters in this one. They are people of character who've survived tough blows in life and though Meg is the more optimistic, Ross has plenty of backbone and character in all his dealings with Meg and the people on his estate.
This is the first book in the Shelley Sisters trilogy, and I am looking forward to book 2, which comes in August. I am a big Louise Allen fan, and I do read lots of her books. The character of Ross Brandon is developed thoroughly, and the reader can feel empathy for the man who served his country honorably.
nice book;nice H & h..a nice story... leaves you smiling at the end of it.i liked louise allen's writing style .this was the first book i read that was written by her... :)
Good. Would buy more of her books. Well written & I liked both H/H. Loved it when the hero got all possessive!
I liked this story quite a lot. It was a good tale and I will seek out the rest of the trilogy.
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This author also writes under the name Francesca Shaw.

I have had my nose buried in a history book - fact or fiction - for as long as I can remember, but even more important to me are the places and the objects that conjure up the past. My first attempt at historical fiction...more
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