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

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  346 ratings  ·  49 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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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
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,
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 ...

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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
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.
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
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
Patricia Wissore
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
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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.
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.

Good storyline. Original backstory enjoyed the different characters. Will look for more in this series by the same author. Thumbs up
Oh my, I finished this book but only because I skimmed .through the last third of it. The hero was creepy and the heroine was spineless.
Very controversial villain, Melissa's real father - the Duke - wanted to be her lover. The hair sniffing scene was very creepy but drove home the reason why Melissa's Mother and her husband hid her all her life.

I loved John, he was a great understanding hero. Not many man in his place would help Melissa overcome her fears as he did.

I even liked Charles and felt a bit sorry for him. He stood by his choice to marry Melissa even if it was against what he believed, that all bastards are beneath him
While I thought the premise and story interesting, I found the writing rather lacking.
Samantha Nemeth
While it perhaps tied into too neat of a bow at the end, it was an enjoyable and easy read.
Didn't actually finish it, but close enough. Just... not into it.
Not so much fluffy as just a good, well-paced story. There is kind of a double-love story going on here, which I was happy to see because the heroine, a very sheltered girl who has never set foot out of her room because her father was afraid she'd catch a disease and die, seemed a bit "off" and young for the forty-something uncle who becomes her guardian, even though he's imposing and arrogant and wonderful in himself. But I wasn't going to buy the story. Oh, and they aren't blood related anyway ...more
Diane Peterson
3.5 Stars. Jane Goodger's books confuse me. On one hand, there is some excellent writing. In this one, there were a couple of places that brought me to tears. Some of the dialogue was quite witty and fun. However, there are also some weaknesses. The plot was somewhat contrived. The H was not well fleshed out. This book was better than the previous one in the series, When a Duke Says I Do. I liked it, but I didn't love it.
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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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