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

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  706 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
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
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,
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
Nov 26, 2012 Caz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-other
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.

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Rachel Knowles
Written by one of the two nerdy history girls, this book is set in 1760 and, as you would expect, includes some nice little historical details. It is written in an easy-to-read style and comes with a satisfactory happy ending. I did find it hard to believe that a lady in Georgian dress could physically climb a tree, but I let that go. The reason I didn't like this book more was because the central theme of the book seemed to be the resolution of the Duke's sexual hangups. There was far too much ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Jonetta rated it really liked it
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,
Lady Wesley
Aug 15, 2012 Lady Wesley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Isabella Bradford -- real name Susan Holloway Scott -- knows her history. I have long enjoyed the blog she writes, with the incomparable Loretta Chase, 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
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
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
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Aug 24, 2012 Janga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Aug 01, 2012 Ning rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
นางเอกกเปนฝังใส ๆ ราเริง เปนเดกชานเมือง


ฝังนางเอกกตองรับมือกับการเขาสังคม ทำตัวใหเหมาะสม

อานไดเพลิน ๆ ดีเหมือนกัน
เสียแตวา นอกจากพลอตความรัก การปรับตัวนีแลว
ไมมีพลอตรอง ไมมีอะไรทีนาตืนเตนเราใจอะไรเลย

อานจบแลวกจบกัน ไมตองคิดเยอะ
ให 3.5

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
Jun 11, 2012 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
This was likeable-ish enough. This is the second book I have read from Bradford and I really wish there was another adjective she could use for his member. I mean, can "cock" be the only term used for male genitalia appropriate for this time frame?
Charlotte and March were a good enough couple. I guess. The tree-climbing shenanigans were at least fun.
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.
Aug 02, 2016 afra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars
This books is history romance book. I loved how the writer wrote the story but the story was fine, it somehow pointed out mostly to the characters making love. I personally liked the beginning of the book more than the ending. I don't think I'll continue reading the other books of this series.
Jan 18, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 04, 2015 ~♥Minnie♥~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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OMG this book was truly amazing. In the times this book takes place it was very important to stay out of the gossip channels. For that and other much greater reason the Duke of Marchbourne is dead set in staying above all this. But when faced with the country mouse that is his wife, he might not get his wish.

Charlotte tries very hard to be the perfect duchess for her husband. Even going so far as to withhold her bodies response to the pleasure her husbands touch brings her. But in trying to ple
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
Dahlia (yadkny)
Jul 25, 2012 Dahlia (yadkny) rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Aug 10, 2012 Daisy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egalley
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
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.
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
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
Jul 31, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 25, 2015 09:25AM  
  • An Infamous Marriage
  • Too Tempting to Resist (Lords of Midnight, #2)
  • The Rogue Pirate's Bride (The Sons of the Revolution, #3)
  • Sweet Deception (Veiled Seduction, #2)
  • The Mad Lord's Daughter
  • Sins of a Virgin (Sinners Trio, #1)
  • Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (Donovan Sisters, #2)
  • How to Dance with a Duke (Ugly Ducklings, #1)
  • The Art of Duke Hunting (Royal Entourage, #2)
  • The Shy Duchess
  • A Lady Never Lies (Affairs by Moonlight, #1)
  • Forever a Lady (The Rumor, #2)
  • Dark Sins and Desert Sands (Mythica #5)
  • Ruined by Rumor
  • Almost a Scandal (The Reckless Brides, #1)
  • Lord of Wicked Intentions (The Lost Lords of Pembrook, #3)
  • Sacrifice of Passion
  • Lord of Fire and Ice
Isabella Bradford is a pseudonym for Susan Holloway Scott, the award-winning author of more than fifty 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 (, an entertaining h ...more
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Wylder Sisters (3 books)
  • When the Duchess Said Yes (Wylder Sisters, #2)
  • When the Duke Found Love (Wylder Sisters, #3)

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