When You Wish Upon a Duke (Wylder Sisters, #1)
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When You Wish Upon a Duke (Wylder Sisters #1)

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In a sparkling new series filled with irresistible charm and sizzling romance, award-winning author Isabella Bradford introduces us to the eldest of three Wylder sisters—unruly country girls whose passion for life leaves their London suitors breathless.

Raised in the Dorset countryside, Lady Charlotte Wylder doesn’t care one bit about well-bred decorum. The dark-haired, blu...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jess the Romanceaholic
I'm a sucker for a good "arranged marriage" story, and this one did not disappoint. I really enjoyed how March and Charlotte had, if not "love" at first sight, at least attraction and compatibility from the start.

The biggest conflict in their relationship actually came from the fact that Charlotte tried so hard to be a "proper" Duchess, and as such was ashamed of her own passion. March's own attitudes towards the "proper" way to treat his Duchess dealt him loads of guilt and confusion as well,...more
Lisa
Lady Charlotte Wylder thinks her life is fine--she lives in the country with her mother and two younger sisters and a tree climbing cat. So when a solicitor arrives one night to talk to her, and not her mother, she knows it must be something life altering. Charlotte does not think it is going to be a summons from her fiancee... the one she never knew she had but has been engaged to since she was a baby. Still, she dutifully goes with her family to London to meet and wed the Duke of Marchbourne....more
Caz
I was going to give this one 3.5 stars, but I knocked it down to 3 because of something stupid towards the end.

Charlotte Wylder and the Duke of Marchborne have been betrothed since they were children, although it comes as rather a shock to Charlotte, who knew nothing about it until she was eighteen. But she and March are both young, attractive and wealthy and are well disposed towards each other from their first meeting; it's clear that before long, this initial liking will blossom into more.

Cha...more
Funmbi
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Jonetta
Lady Charlotte Wylder learns she is betrothed to the Duke of Marchbourne the day before she has to leave for London to prepare for her wedding. She's been raised in the Dorset countryside and is less than thrilled at the prospect of leaving her carefree lifestyle for the trappings of London society, not to mention a prospective husband she's never met. Lord Marchbourne, or March as he's called, is a bit anxious himself to see this young woman he's set to marry and orchestrates a chance encounter...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I had high hopes for this book. It started strong. The hero and the heroine are crazy about each other right off the bat. They want the same things; their path to happiness is clear. But as they move forward in what seemed like a pretty straightforward love story, they completely screw themselves up.

After the death of her father, Charlotte grew up in the country with her mother and sisters. She had no idea he had arranged a marriage for her until a solicitor arrived from the Duke of Marchbourne,...more
steph
4 stars (I would have given it 4.5, but the adventure plot right there at the end I thought unnecessary and took away from the story)

Confession time here: I love arranged marriages/marriage of convenience books. I love seeing the couples meet, marry and then start to slowly fall in love. Here was no exception. Charlotte is every inch a Earl's daughter and March every inch a Duke but from the moment they first meet and then later after they are married, they can't seem to keep their hands of of...more
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
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Janga
When You Wish Upon a Duke is a book that will make readers smile, but it is lifted above the status of a merely amusing book by the detailed look it offers of the domestic life of a duke and duchess in Georgian England. From descriptions of Charlotte’s quarters in the ducal mansion to the clothes she wears and the food served to the ducal couple, the setting is vibrantly rendered. I especially liked the scene where the duke asks Charlotte to call him March, the name his intimates use, and she ag...more
Sarah
When You Wish Upon a Duke is the first book in Isabella Bradford's series about the three Wylder sisters. Charlotte is the oldest of the sisters and since the death of their father she has had to look after her heartbroken mother and her younger siblings. The family have been living in the country for years and Charlotte is a happy tomboy, much to her mother's distress. It comes as quite a shock to Charlotte when a solicitor arrives to organise the details of her wedding. It turns out her father...more
Sammy
Its a sweet historical story , about how a stern duke & country girl , how both of them handle the changes & grow more wiser as well as more in love with each other. its good for a quick read without all the major dramas.
Ning
เป็นเรื่องที่เกี่ยวกับหนุ่มสาวคู่หนึ่ง
ที่พ่อของทั้งคู่ได้ทำการตกลงให้เป็นคู่หมั้นคู่หมายให้ตั้งแต่ยังเด็ก
นางเอกก็เป็นฝั่งใส ๆ ร่าเริง เป็นเด็กชานเมือง

ส่วนพระเอกก็จะเป็นคนในเมือง
ที่ค่อนข้างจะแคร์สังคมคนรอบข้าง

เนื้อเรื่องจะดำเนินเกี่ยวกับการปรับตัวของทั้งคู่
ฝั่งนางเอกก็ต้องรับมือกับการเข้าสังคม ทำตัวให้เหมาะสม
ส่วนพระเอกก็มีปมปัญหาชีวิตขมขื่นวัยเด็ก
ทั้งยังต้องรับมือกับความใสซื่อของนางเอกอีก

เป็นเรื่องที่ย่อยง่ายๆดีค่ะ
อ่านได้เพลิน ๆ ดีเหมือนกัน
เสียแต่ว่า นอกจากพลอตความรัก การปรับตัวนี่แล้ว
ไม่มีพลอตรอ...more
BookMaven
ROMANTIC!!

Lady Charlotte Wylder was riding to London with her two sisters and her mother when her sister's cat got loose and ran up a tree. This was not unusual and it was not unusual for Charlotte to be the one to rescue the cat for her sister. They lived in the country after all. But what was different, was the handsome stranger looking up at her from the ground. This was the first glimpse the Duke of Marchbourne had of his intended bride. This was definitely not how the Duke had expected to m...more
Julie
I dipped into this easy-breezy read over the weekend, and found it wholly readable, even if the character development was a bit light. A plus: The misunderstandings that provide the required conflict between the lovers were quickly resolved (even if they cropped up more than once) and without prolonged teeth-gnashing, cold shoulders, and ridiculous separations. It's so refreshing to read a romance where the characters are actually honest with each other.
Sarah
I read this a while ago, and mostly remember it as super sweet almost to the point of saccharine, with misunderstandings that seemed sort of contrived. That said, I did enjoy reading it, just like I enjoy eating that box of girl scout cookies, even though they didn't have thin mints so I was stuck with lemon something or others.
Judy
I didn't have great expectations when I purchased this book at the great price of 99 cents - just thought to give this author a try. What a pleasant surprise! Within the pages of this book I found a very sweet romantic story about a couple - March, a duke and Charlotte, daughter of an earl- who were promised to one another by their fathers from their childhood. I was entertained to the point of laughter on several occasions. Although there was a misunderstanding between the H/h that could have c...more
Melissa McHugh
This was the first book I’d read by Isabella Bradford (a pseudonym for Susan Holloway Scott), but I was pleasantly surprised. I love books set in the Georgian period, since the Regency period feels, at time, over done. Ms. Bradford has a long way to go before she matches my other Georgian period author, Elizabeth Hoyt, but she does an admirable job of telling a good story.

Charlotte Wylder has lived in relative obscurity before returning to London in order to marry the Duke of Marchbourne, to who...more
Dahlia (yadkny)
Jul 25, 2012 Dahlia (yadkny) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers
Her parents had the kind of marriage she desperately wished to have...

Raised in the country and away from society's demands and prying eyes, Charlotte Wylder and her sisters live a meaningful life of love with their mother while still dealing with the tragic death of their father. However, Charlotte's father wanted so much more for her than becoming a country spinster and had arranged a match with the son of a Duke. The arrangement may have come as a surprise, but Charlotte takes it all in sensi...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Charlotte Wylder is a lady - in theory at least. Since the death of her Father, an Earl, her Mother has raised she and her sisters in the countryside. Charlotte has been the bane of her poor Mother's existence, with her improper behavior and passionate spirit. Now that she's of age, an arranged marriage that her Father put into place just after her birth comes to light. The Duke of Marchbourne, known as March to his friends, has known of the union his entire life. The purpose is to improve the n...more
Daisy
I'm a bit conflicted about this book.

It starts with Charlotte, a tree-climbing heroine, who doesn't know of her arranged marriage until the day a solicitor comes to fetch her to London for this purpose. At this I wanted to say: BAD PARENTING. I mean, seriously, she'd been betrothed from birth, you'd think that in the 18 years following they'd have a moment where they sat her down and explained to her what was expected of her when she'd come of age. But perhaps that's just me.

Anyway, this had me...more
Karen
WOW I really loved this new release from Isabella Bradford and if her follow up stories are just as good then she will certainly be added to my auto-buy author list.

I'm a sucker for a good arranged marriage romance and this one in no way disappointed. A lovely entertaining story about Lady Charlotte Wylder and James FitzCharles, the Duke of Marchbourne. Charlotte has been tucked away in the country since her father's passing, climbing trees rather than learning etiquette befitting a Duke's wife....more
The Window Seat
Arranged marriage stories are one of the staples of Historical Romances, yet I’ve never been the biggest fan of them. Yes, the circumstances of the romance are the same as any plot type, with two strangers coming together and falling in love. However, when the marriage is an absolute for the couple then I sometimes get the feeling that they aren’t so much falling in Love but falling into a companionship with benefits. From my personal library I can probably name a handful of arranged marriage bo...more
Morgan (Fictitious Escape Reviews)
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Title: When You Wish Upon a Duke

Author: Isabella Bradford

Series: The first book in the Wylder Sisters series.

Genre: Historical Romance

ARC Provided by: Edelweiss (Thank you for the opportunity to review
this title!)

Rating: 4 Bookmarks

Rating: It is very rare that I find a historical romance that I like that does not involve paranormal elements, When You Wish Upon a Duke was still an entertaining and enchanting re...more
Carrie Olguin
Disappointed and I can't put my finger on the why.

The hero is charming and a bit unworldly. His family history is scandalous so he needs a bride who will lend respectibility.

Heroine is innocent and spirited without being too annoying. They have been betrothed since before her birth, but she was never told about the agreement. (Really? That pushed the believability boundery for me.)

For the first half of the book, there isn't much conflict. It's pure romance so I had a difficult time understanding...more
Michelle
This is the first in a new series from a new-to-me author, Isabella Bradford. This story had a lot of my favorite troupes - arranged marriage, stuffy English Lord - and I thought they played very well. I did have some questions about the overall story line. Charlotte and her sisters lived in the country and had never been to London so initially I was under the impression that they were impoverished after their father passed but there was a comment that Charlotte brought a large dowry to her marr...more
Lady Wesley
Isabella Bradford -- real name Susan Holloway Scott -- knows her history. I have long enjoyed the blog she writes, with the incomparable Loretta Chase, www.twonerdyhistorygirls.com. Having written many historical novels, including several set in Restoration England, she has now set her hand to historical romance set smack in the middle of Georgian England.

I was prepared to be impressed, but alas this was not to be. When You Wish Upon a Duke is a perfectly okay story, but there's really not much...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
WHEN YOU WISH UPON A DUKE by Isabella Bradford is an exciting new Regency historical romance series. "Wylder"series #1. What a beginning to a new series.
" Isabella Bradford introduces us to the eldest of three Wylder sisters—unruly country girls whose passion for life leaves their London suitors breathless." Follow
Lady Charlotte Wylder,the eldest Wylder sibling and the Duke of Marchbourne,who is to marry her sight unseen,on a merry chase. Their fathers arranged their marriage when Charlotte was...more
Dottie
A charming story rated at 4.5. Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com.


When Lady Charlotte Wylder, the daughter of an earl, was just a child a betrothal had been arranged between her and the son of a duke. But no one had ever told her. So she was shocked when a solicitor arrived in the middle of the night. But she could hardly blame her mother for not telling her. Her parents had been deeply in love and since her father’s death her mother had not been herself. It had been left up to her to he...more
Brunette Librarian
For a full review filled with quotable quotes, check out The Brunette Librarian's Blog

Charlotte Wylder is surprised to learn from a midnight visitor that she has been betrothed to the future Duke of Marchbourne since she was an infant. So starts one of the most delightful regency romances of the year. Charlotte is quickly swept up into the world of Regency London and falls in love, lucky for us, with the very Duke she has been engaged to.
Without a doubt, the characters in this novel make it t...more
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Isabella Bradford is a pseudonym for Susan Holloway Scott, the award-winning author of more than forty historical novels and historical romances. Her bestselling books have been published in nineteen countries and translated into fourteen languages with more than three million copies in print. Bradford also writes as half of the Two Nerdy History Girls (twonerdyhistorygirls.com), an entertaining h...more
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