Heiress Without a Cause (Muses of Mayfair #1)
A disgraced son with a dark reputation, William “Ferguson” Avenel is content to live in exile – until his father dies in the scandal of the Season. With rumors of insanity swirling around them, his sisters desperately need a chaperone. Ferguson thinks he’s found the most proper woman in England – and he won’t ruin her, even if he secretly desir...more
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The entire premise of this book is a big ol’ Hot Mess, with all the requisite confusing plot contrivances to force the action and motivations into something vaguely resembling logic.
I came very, very close to DNFing, but some swoon-worthy sentences (and the irrelevant fact that the author claims to be an Iowa girl) gave me hope that the writing might somehow overcome all the early red flags.
This is Sara Ramsey’s first book introducing us to a group of ladies who have named themselves the ‘Muses of Mayfair’, we also get to meet their families, friends and a few other characters. This first story tells us about Lady Madeleine Valliant, who at the age of 29, is considered to be a spinster and ‘left on the shelf’. Madeleine l...more
Then Ferguson visits the theater. He is taken by Madeleine's alter ego and quickly fig...more
Lady Madeleine is happy to settle down into spinsterhood, and the freedom she finds in...more
Expected Release Date: January 23, 2013
Publisher: Spencerhill Associates, Ltd.
My Source for This Book: Amazon.com
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Muses of Mayfair
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Unrealistic Behavior: Historical, Vindictive Ex
Favorite Tropes: Courting Scandal, Hero In Pursuit
There are a lot of historical romances out there with a heroine courting sc...more
...starts slow, but boy does it pick up! Loved it...
This is Ms. Ramsey's début novel and first in the Muses of Mayfair Series (Madeline
Vaillant, Prudence Etchingham, Amelia Staunton and Ellie, Marchioness of Folkestone) and she starts off with Lady Madeline Vaillant's story.
The book opens up with our heroine attending a ball at Salford House, which is the home of her cousin Alexander Staunton, the Earl of Salford, his mothe...more
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I simply loved this book. From the first page to the last I was enthralled with the characters that seemed to spring to life on the pages. I even read as I fixed dinner as I was not able to put it down. Evan though I neither an orphan nor French, I as a woman and a need to follow a dream; was able to relate to the characters.
Madeline wants to act. So act you may say, but it isn’t that easy; not in London and definitely not in 1812. Still Madeline...more
The premise for this book was engaging, and the characters were likeable enough, although some more careful editing would have helped. I got tired of reading the duke described as having "autocratic tendencies". Se...more
Lady Madeleine feels firmly on the shelf, sitting with the wallflowers at each ball, wearing her spinsters cap. But she has a secret, she is secretly acting at an obscure theatre in Seven Dials for two weeks.
Ferguson is quite frankly more difficult to pigeon-hole. A decade ago he engineered a disgrace so that his father would exile him to Scotland. Now his father has died, in...more
Our hero was fairly typical in some ways. He'd closed himself off from family and London and relationships due to his father. He is incredibly reluctant to revisit the idea of being involved with people and places as he's...more
The love story between Fergueson and Madeleine was well constructed and I particularly liked that for once it was the man who was sure of his feelings and not fighting them and the woman needed more time.
I can't say much about the historical accuracy but even if it was incorrect I wouldn't mind, it all fit beautifully together.
My only criticism is that Madeleine's motives were unclear for too long. Why did she fight her feelings? What...more
Can I say how much I loved this book? Because I loved it bunches. I have no idea when I downloaded this e-book. I must have been when Pixel of Ink was running a freebie because it has been a while since I’ve bought a Regency Romance novel. I’m sad that it sat in my kindle for more than a year (probably) and my eyeballs didn’t get to read Ms. Ramsey’s words. I didn’t get to learn about Mad and Ferguson and their (amazing) families until now.
I loved everything about this book, from the setting to the characters to the plot! I love how Madeleine goes against what is expected, and even allowed for her, in order to fulfill her dreams. Ferguson left town to get away from his father, but he left a string of broken hearts behind him, one of which is determined to see him pay for what he did to her. When he finds out Madeleine's secret, he is determined to...more
The characters were likable for the most part. I disliked Madeleine’s cousin Amelia. I felt she was shallow and p...more
But she's a spinster and probably never will find a husband, not that she really seems to mind it, but one day a young earl attends her and ask her to chaperone his twin sisters, to debut them to society this season ... and he finds out that ....more
Will say that the writing style was fun for me. Can't remember when I have put so many bookmarks in a book lately, just because there were some great lines that I just have to go back and read over and over and not because they are funny but because they delve you even deeper into the psyches of th...more
Though it was not absolutely awful on every aspects, there was nothing in it that I really liked enough to make up for the glaring flaws and to give me incentive to try another book from this author. Maybe, if I come across another one for free, with a not to outlandish summary, maybe, I'll give it another chance. Otherwise, most probably not.
Historical realism is definitely totally absent from this book. Locations, character motivations, circumstances and actions,...more
The Muses of Mayfair series by Sara Ramsey starts with Heiress Without a Cause and is followed by Scotsmen Prefer Blondes. Both are well written and good love stories. Both deal with the common theme of frustration among the young female gentry of being a woman and not being allowed to do anything. However, in Heiress Without a Cause, the heroine, Madeleine, or Mad for short, has found a super secret way to get her thrills by a...more
I must say, Ferguson, despite (or maybe because of) his contentious relationship with his family, is a complex, wonderfully written chara...more
Lady Madeleine Vaillant has accepted that she is officially a spinster, but that doesn't mean that she won't have a big adventure before she retires from London society. She decides to go on the stage to be everything that a 'Lady' can't be. Madeleine has a need to rebel after all the years...more
One title to change his life... A disgraced son with a dark reputation, William "Ferguson" Avenel is content to live in exile - until his father dies in the scandal of the Season. With rumors of insanity swirling around them, his sisters desperately need a chaperone. Ferguson thinks he's found the most proper woman in England - and he won't ruin her, even if he secretly desires the passionate woman trapped beneath a spinster's cap. One chance to break the rules... Lady Madeleine Vaillant can't f...more
I love the charcters in this series. Strong independent women and the men that fall for them. Overall I did give this book a 3-3.5. Compared to other authors who also write in this genre, such as Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, etc, this book was lacking something. I think I wanted more witty banter. I love it when a book can make me smile or bett...more
As she goes through the motions, she dreams of an alternate life she is living in secret as an actress on the London stage. Something she does in disguise that risks her reputation as a lady.
Sara grew up in a small town in Iowa, and her obsession with fashion, shoes, and all things British is clearly a rebellion against her hopeles...more