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The Mad Lord's Daughter (Lords and Ladies Series #2)

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  438 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Locked away by her reclusive and intensely protective father, the recently deceased “Mad Lord of Northumberland,” Melissa is beautiful and educated but painfully naïve about the real world—and the dark secrets of her birth. Now in the care of her uncle, the Earl of Braddock, she must prepare to enter London society and find a proper husband, a task that grows complicated w ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Zebra
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Jul 19, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Melissa Atwell spent the last eighteen years of her life never leaving her suite of rooms due to her fathers belief that she would contract a disease and die, leaving him all alone in the world. When her beloved father suddenly passes, she is left in the care of her uncle and brought to London to begin her first foray into society. No one, including her uncles son, John, and her chaperone, Lady Diane, expected the deep fear that Melissa would have to step out into the real world. She has never t ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Widala rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
What a delightful read!
A well written engaging story with lovely characters.
I really like Melissa. She was brave and witty, with a great sense of humour. John was a wonderful man. They made a lovely couple.
The side romance, Lord Braddock and Miss Stanhope, was also fun to read.
Although the solution to the evil Duke problem was a bit convenient, but I guess it's okay because he got what he deserved only not in the hands of the main character.
Looking forward to read another book by this author.
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Historical Romance fans, The Mad Lord's Daughter is an engaging, sentimental read that I suggest giving a try.

Melissa is a young woman who had been utterly sheltered for her entire life. Her father went a bit mad and was terrified of anything happening to his daughter, so he kept her away from any and all harm. Melissa was sequestered in her rooms with only the servants and her father for company, until her father passed away and her life opened to an entire world of possibilities. As her Uncle,
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Sep 10, 2012 Kagama-the Literaturevixen rated it did not like it
The premise for this historical romance was an interesting one that sadly failed to live up to my expectations.

((If anyone know of another HR with a heroine who has been locked up since childhood,I would be happy to know about it :))

The 23-year old heroine has been kept under lock and key by her paranoid father since she was a child.Now her father has died and the house where she grew up is up for sale,there is nowhere else for her to go but to live with her uncle until she can be launched into
Ash Ash
Aug 07, 2012 Ash Ash rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Loved the Book.. John is a sweet hero without any demons, nor does he have any sordid past, nor is he a rake.. only thing that was missing in his life was that his mother did not love him, that does affect him as he believes that he love does not exist and he cannot fall in love but that changes when he meets Melissa and what a adorable heroine she is, she has been a prisoner in her own room for 18 years by a father who is mentally ill, who thinks that if she goes out into the outside world she ...more
Feb 10, 2013 Toni rated it really liked it
Shelves: kensington-arcs
What a fun historical! The Mad Lord’s Daughter is not a deep story, but I still found it very entertaining with an interesting story line and enchanting characters.

A young woman has lost everything; her mother, her father and her home. The worst is yet to come. For years, her father has protected her. He loved her fiercely, but he did her an injustice because of his fear of losing her. He kept her safe from the world, but he also kept her from life. He kept her a virtual prisoner in her own home
I got this from the library because I thought this was an interesting premise, and while I did enjoy the read, there were a few things that bothered me:

One was the random shift in perspective/point of view during the same chapter. Without a break or anything marking a new section we suddenly go from being in Melissa's headspace to John's, or Lord Braddock's, or Miss Stanhope's. While I appreciate having more than one character's perspective in a story, the abruptness of the changes made it confu
Aug 13, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
There’s nothing worse for a reviewer then the fear that one’s review of a beloved book will be weighed, measured and found wanting.

Ms. Jane Goodger is very new to me and after only two books, her writing leaves me breathless. She weaves her stories with out most care and I find her characters, even the ones on the periphery of the story, were given an element of humanity, which brought them to life for me.

Her broken heroes or heroines always ...

Thanks for
Dec 14, 2015 Donna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I almost skipped out of this after the squicky prologue full of info that could have just as easily been woven through the rest of the story, and as it turns out, that would have been a good decision.

The heroine's entire life was spent isolated in her rooms with only books and servants and tutors. She literally wasn't allowed outside. This extreme upbringing should have been difficult to overcome, but there are only a few dramatic scenes of her doing poorly in crowds or shying back from being to
Romancing the Book
Feb 22, 2014 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Reviewed by Shannon
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

This is the second Jane Goodger book that has proven to be so much more than I thought it was going to be. Jane has a way of writing a story that completely immerses the reader into the lives of the charming, witty characters she’s created. The Mad Lord’s Daughter draws readers into Melissa Atwell’s life as she makes the transition from recluse to the center of attention in her small circle
Book Gannet
Feb 03, 2015 Book Gannet rated it really liked it
This is a sweet, easy read with a nice Victorian setting. Yes, Melissa is naive, but not irritatingly so given her upbringing. I did find it a little hard to believe that some one as awe-struck, curious and occasionally spirited as she was would have put up with being confined to her rooms for so long, but her wonder at the simplest of things was lovely to read. Just as her slow realisation of the status of her birth being a bad thing was so sad. Poor Melissa.

Then there’s John. What an idiot. I
Sarah Elizabeth
I just can't bring myself to finish this book at the moment. While the plot seems promising, the heroine is such a Mary Sue and it's driving me batty. Her only flaw, as far as I can see, is that she's overly innocent from being locked up in her room for 18 years. The quasi cousin romance thing isn't doing it for me either. It's weirding me out. Honestly don't think I'll finish this one unless I have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE to read.
Sep 25, 2012 Jennifer added it
Shelves: dnf, library, no-thanks
"I have to tell you something - but NO ONE MUST EVER KNOW!" - sez the blabbermouth Lord to not one, but two different people. Why don't you just keep it to yourself?

I thought this would be a fun gothic kind of tale, but it's not heading in that direction and I am already annoyed with all the characters. Moving on.
Jan 12, 2015 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who knew social disorders could be the start of a great series?

This is number two of the series and I cannot wait to read the third. I found this story entertaining and a little bittersweet at times. I don't know if the third story will fowl the theme of he first two but the first had a hero that suffered from bashfulness that caused him to be a selective mute. The second story has a heroine whose father locked her up in a veritable gilded cage, albeit a suite of rooms in her house, because he w
Joan Osborne
Jan 16, 2015 Joan Osborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Satisfying double romance

This was a very satisfying romance with not just one but two interesting and enjoyable couples. First we have the main couple, John and Melissa and then we have John's father and Melissa's hired chaperone Diane. I found myself immersed in the story anxiously awaiting John and Melissa's happily ever after and that of George, John's and Diane as well. John and George were two very stubborn men who had no belief in true love and it was fun watching them succumb. My heart we
Lita Bouquard
I have enjoyed some of Jane Goodger's books but this was just weird. Melissa has the bad luck to have 2 crazy fathers?!
Suffucatedingly protected- to such an extent she has never met a young man, walked in snow, or touch a human skin to skin- Melissa must now face the real world. Reluctantly she begins to get accustomed to normal day to day occurrences such as having someone touch her hand, With the help of her "cousin" she fakes normal behavior until it is learned, but can she do it without his
Patricia Wissore
Jan 19, 2015 Patricia Wissore rated it it was amazing
When I started this book, I was almost tempted to put it down. I didn't have much hope of the happily ever after in a believable way. However, I decided to go ahead and see what happened. I was glad I did! I loved the way the heroine was able to keep her innocent way of looking at the world through the whole story! The way Melissa and John tried to keep their distance, then when they were unable to, how the author was able to tie up all the ends in a way that made you believe it was possible. I' ...more
Melissa is a germaphobe with no experience with people because her father kept her locked up in the house. Her upbringing was sad and twisted. Her parents wern't mea or abusive, just scared and they kept her hidden. She is very childlike, everything is new to her. John is her cousin by marriage, not blood. He is sweet but typical, didn't believe in love hero. After Malissa's father dies, John and his father "inherit" her and decide to bring her out into society, with hopes of marriage. Slowely, ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Christina rated it really liked it
Every character in this book was very likable in my opinion! Even the stern & serious were somehow likable. To be honest I'm hoping there are stories for Lady Juliana, Charles, & for some reason I would love to see Laura & Lord Avonleigh get together!! As for the main characters, John is a great Hero. He is charming, witty, intelligent, patient, & kind. He's had unfortunate circumstances concerning his mother which reflects in his idea of love but when he realizes that he's falle ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Regina rated it liked it
An enjoyable romance but not without some issues. Our heroine, Melissa, literally was raised within the confines of her rooms to not only hide her existence from her very disturbed sire, but also because of the obsessive over-protectiveness of the man she knew as her father. Okay, I've never come across that before in this genre, so I was intrigued by her adjustment to one-on-one interaction, never mind society. Her inexperience made her seem much younger than her twenty-three years. John was a ...more
Barb Klein
Sep 22, 2012 Barb Klein rated it really liked it
“The Mad Lord’s Daughter” by Jane Goodger was a most interesting book to read. It seems that Melissa has been locked away in her suite of rooms her whole life by a father who was scared to death that his daughter would contract some disease and perish as her mother had done years before. Picture this, in this day and age, that a young woman would go into the world never having been exposed to any interaction with persons other than her parent, servants and tutors. She may have been taught the co ...more
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

Melissa Atwell has spent eighteen years of her life closed away from society and its perils. Her father believed she would perish from a disease as her mother did if she had contact with the outside world.
Not only is she basically locked away, but contact with her is through gloves. While she is a prisoner in her own home, she is highly educated but naive.

When her father passes away, she is sent to live with her uncle, the Earl of Braddock, who attempts to prepare Melissa for a season in London
Connie Fischer
Sep 10, 2013 Connie Fischer rated it really liked it
Melissa Atwell has spent her life in her suite of rooms at her home in Bamburgh, England. The beloved and overly protected child of Christina and John Atwell, the man she thought was her father, Melissa was coddled and became well-read and well-educated. Her mother died when she was quite young and now John Atwell has just passed away. She learns that she must leave the only home she has known and travel to live with her uncle, George Atwell, the Earl of Braddock. Both he and spinster, Diane Sta ...more
Feb 13, 2014 Jody rated it liked it
Shelves: library, ebook
I actually enjoyed this book after I figured out what was going on. The Lord in question is not mad but SICK! And you don't even need many pages with him to tell that. I loved Mel's story and want to know what happened to the two gentlemen and their sisters who were invited to the country house. Just FYI: nowhere can I see that this is a series but at the end it says if you missed the first book in the series. I think it was When a Duke says I do. And there is a third about one of the house gues ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
*romantic sigh* I haven't read a book that made me finish with a silly smile for a while now and this one definitely was a beautiful read! This historical romance was different because the father and son (the hero) were both so cynical about love and then when they fell in love, I loved the agony and ache they felt. I would recommend this to all lovers of historical romance
This started out interesting and then went on and on like a coast-to-coast plane flight, nothing but flyover states and flat ginger ale for five hours. Nothing happened, the villain died offscreen, no one had sex, and in the end I had wasted a whole lot of time.
Thank God this was a borrowed book.
Feb 15, 2015 Jenn rated it it was ok
I thought this story was alright. I think the story needed to be enhanced or fleshed out more. There were a few things I would have liked to have seen rather than be told. Also, her real dad is just a sick pervert.
Mar 14, 2016 Tiffany rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
While I found the premise of the book quite interesting, I didn't find that the emotional punch kept up. Also the dress on the cover looks like it came from prom night 1985.
Jan 18, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Good storyline. Original backstory enjoyed the different characters. Will look for more in this series by the same author. Thumbs up
Jun 16, 2015 Cecily rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle-archive
Did I learn anything from my less than enthusiastic encounter with 'When a Duke Says I do'? Obviously not. Because here I am having not enjoyed the sequel any better (my reasoning that it surely couldn't be any worse was nearly proven wrong). This time it wasn't the heroine who was completely wet, it was the hero. My attention throughout the book was sporadic. At times I skimmed through the writing, at others I paid more attention but nothing grabbed me about the action or the dialogue or the ch ...more
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I grew up in western Massachusetts and have lived most my adult life in New England. Thanks to my adventurous husband, I've also done brief stints in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Naples, Italy. Although I've written four contemporary romances under the name Jane Blackwood, my first love is historical romances set in Victorian times. I've written 13 of those with more on the way.
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