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Lady Lillian Walford had the Look of Perfection. Yet a fateful flaw doomed her to a life of silence. And although Anthony Harbreas, the gallant Earl of Graydon, had showered her with his attention, Lillian knew she was fit to be no man's wife. So why had the much-sought-after earl asked her to be his true-bound bride? Tricked by her brother into marriage with the lovely Li...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Harlequin Books (first published March 1st 1998)
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There is NO doubt that this is a wonderful book, but how does a person rate a book when the main couple has the WORST and most BORING relationship of the 4 relationships that this book contains.

The other three relationships are intensely great. My favorite is the romance between Aunt Margaret and Aaron the Earl of Cardemore. Now they are what romance is all about. An unrequited, long denied love that is so intense and passionate that the heat between them is "felt" coming right off the pages. T...more
Sukaaaaaaaa banget!!! Ampe ngulang bacanya hehehe!!! Salah satu cerita favorit gw! Baru kali ini baca tokoh heroinenya adalah seorang wanita yang tidak bisa berbicara seperti orang normal, tunawicara yang rendah diri dan selalu memakai bahasa isyarat. Terharu saat membacanaya, situasi yang membuat Lily bersedih karena cibiran orang yang mengira dia tidak normal alias gangguan mental saat make bahasa isyarat maupun saat sang hero yang tega hati menjauhinya hanya karena tahu dia tunawicara!!! Moti...more
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
This book turned out to be much better than I thought it would be. I must say though, that for me, it was the heroine and her plight that kept me glued to the pages. I actually read it quite quickly, I was very interested right to the end and in every single page.

I think the hero was a bit tame, I suppose, looking back there wasn't much in him to keep me interested. He was good looking, had a good title, was well-enough off money-wise, but had everything come to him easily. Such as it is for go...more
Linda C
Anthony Harbreas, Earl of Graydon, is blackmailed by Aaron, the Earl of Cardemore, to introduce his sister into society and make sure she has a Season that she will remember. When Anthony meets Lily he finds out she can’t speak, but is not deaf and can understand everything people are saying about her. As he spends time with her he becomes fascinated and eager to smooth her way. Her voice was damaged in childhood and she can speak in a low, faulty voice that is a terrible strain on her vocal cho...more
Dec 15, 2007 Rhapsody rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: regency readers/people who like heroines with physical disabilities
Well-written, but it just didn't hit the spot for me. Graydon, the hero, was a little too perfect and tame. He is currently the most sought after bachelor in the ton; a good title, very handsome, perfect manners, and rich (supposedly). Actually, all his debts have just been bought up by the devilish Earl of Cardemore, who has a job for him; Graydon is to escort the earl's younger sister Lily around London for her first season there and make sure she has a marvelous time, or the earl will ruin hi...more
If I had bothered to read the dustflap before buying this thing, I wouldn't have. I have a general rule against books where the lead female says things like "Ah'm sorree" and "Ah'm stup-hid." Fortunately, it turned out that she was not actually mentally handicapped - she just has some messed up vocal cords. That raises the question of why the hell they would pick that particular passage for the dustflap, but that is a question for editors, not authors. The book was much better than I expected, t...more
Like another reader had mentioned I actually enjoy the other pairs' going ons than the main one. It just feels like the h is pretty immature and insecure. The H's actions speak louder than words and I just find it unbelivable that she couldn't tell how he felt, also weird that he didn't say anything about his feelings. The reason for his staying away is just stupid and his inaction made him weak; one would think he would want to do more with such a untenable situation than to wait and wait for n...more
Enjoyed it - although the Deaf heroine is described on the back cover as knowing "she was fit to be no man's wife", it seemed a pretty realistic portrayal of how deafness was perceived in that time period (not just as a burden, but as proof of idiocy and/or moral weakness) and therefore felt more true. The hero, of course, has to be blackmailed into courting her, but there's a plot, at least... the story isn't all about this Girl Who Is Deaf, which is a nice change from some of the other crap I'...more
I really enjoyed the first 70% of this book and the rest didn't interest me nearly as much. I felt like all their problems could have been solved if they sat down and talked about them. I did like the way the author brought out the prejudices against people with any kind of handicap and how that affected their place in society.
I don't know what I could rate it, seeing the ending was not a complete end and left the question of what happen to Lily and her brother's relationship, including other's ending. It was very incomplete and I wish there was an overall final epilogue.
I found this book in a bargain bin one day and decided to take a chance on it. It was much better than I thought it would be. I remember hating the lead girl's family and loving the male lead, but not much beyond that.
love this book, so much that I bought it 3 times. I read it, then found in used bookstore forgetting I had read it and bought it again :-)
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