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Miss Whittier Makes a List

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  319 ratings  ·  38 reviews
She's making a list and she's checking it twice for the perfect man. The number of lords in London's marriage mart is sorrowfully short, so when Miss Whittier meets the perfect match, it's only a matter of checking off her list to find an eternal love.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 1st 1994 by Signet
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Having read poor reviews of this book, I feel compelled to leap to its defense. Yes, Hannah Whittier is young-- but it's a historical, folks, seventeen is normal for the era-- but I disagree heartily with those who found her naive and idiotish. She's not naive, she's young and hell, I'm nearly twice her age and I'd be just as lost if someone dropped me on a ship. I found Hannah to be gutsy and pragmatic, someone who tackles a problem head-on and without complaint.

I found Spark's transformation (
Miss Whittier Makes a List was my Holy Grail of Carla Kelly books--despite my best efforts, I could never seem to track down a copy. So when I got this in a lot of ten Regency novels, I couldn't wait to read it.

And ultimately, while I was interested by the premise (American Quaker heroine! On a British war ship! I love Napoleonic naval stories), I was left feeling uneasy at the end. I'd compare it to my sense of dissatisfaction with some of the Mary Stewart books I read last summer; while there
This story was a tough one to rate. I finished it days ago and I am still thinking about it. On the one hand, it is a refreshing look at Napoleon's War from a side I haven't read before with two very unusual characters. On the other, the plot creaks and tilts the last quarter of the book. Regardless, MISS WHITTIER MAKES A LIST was a wonderfully written book of truly memorable characters. You will find it on my keeper shelf.

I love that Ms. Kelly's world does not center on balls and the ton. Capta
If you love regencies/historical romance even a fraction as much as I do, you're supposed to love Carla Kelly. And I very much WANT to love Carla Kelly. I've tried to love Carla Kelly. I can even readily see why nearly all of my fellow bookworms DO love Carla Kelly. For whatever combination of reasons, though, I just haven't been able to fully enjoy and connect with her books. I can objectively see why they're considered high quality, but they just don't happen to click with me. Maybe it's the g ...more
Jenny Q
This one started off well. In fact, I liked the book the entire time our couple was at sea, which is more than half the book, despite Hannah's immaturity and Daniel's gruffness. I liked the way their relationship developed and I thought their time aboard ship was realistically depicted. But it started to fall apart for me when Daniel told Hannah he was "in serious like with her." I thought it a more modern expression and an odd thing for a gruff sea captain to say. And it got worse from there. W ...more
“Miss Whittier Makes a List” is one of Carla Kelly’s older books, now reprinted with a stunning new cover. I like Kelly’s books so I bought it hoping it would be up there with so many of hers that I have really enjoyed. It was her other stories of Regency England that introduced me to the important historic Napoleonic wars and their significance affecting Europe and beyond.

I liked the book, but it is not one of my favorites of hers. A major con for the story was the annoyance of Quaker Hannah a
What an adventure!! The hero in this book was different from other Carla Kelly heroes. Loved it!!
The age thing did not bother me the second time that I read this book - because I realized that the hero did feel that the heroine acted older - he in fact thought she was older!! The hero also acted immature in a couple of scenes - they evened out each other - they were perfectly suited for each other!!
Felt like I was on a ship on the ocean with the Royal Marines, I could smell the ocean, I could fe
hannah is on her way to her brother's place in charlotte charleston to help once her niece or nephew is born. the ship that she is on is borded and some of the men are pressed by the english captain. hannah doesn't like it, and speaks her mind. as he is leaving, the captain kisses her, and warns the captain of hannah's ship that the french are on the waters, and are not asking questions about what country the ship belongs to. later that night, hannah's ship is attacked, and she is the o
Karen (Book Light Graveyard)
So while I'm aware that in the time period this book takes place in it was not unusual for a 30-year-old man to marry a 17-year-old girl, it still was a major ick factor for me, and one that try as I might, I just couldn't get past. But it wasn't the age difference in and of itself that bugged me. I've read books with that kind of age difference before and been fine. It's more that I felt like Captain Spark was steamrolling Hannah into marrying him. While I like male leads who speak their minds ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
2.5/5; 3 stars; C+

I enjoy a swashbuckling historical romance and this one had some great moments. Unfortunately, although I liked many of the character I couldn't quite suspend belief to the point that I could buy into the HEA. A 17 year old Quaker girl and a lifetime career Navy man just couldn't work for me to that extent. I didn't dislike the story but it didn't resonate with me the way most of Ms. Kelly's stories do. For a fun, fantastical swashbuckling tale (that also requires suspension of
Good, especially the ship life experience. But ending was silly, out of character, and pretty much a downer overall.
Jan 10, 2008 Vix added it
The only Carla Kelly novel I've ever disliked.
Well, as Quaker-English nobility romance novels go it's no Flowers from the Storm. And as Carla Kelly naval captain hero regencies go it's no Mrs. McVinnie's London Season. That said, I always remembered Miss Whittier Makes a List fondly, largely for the warm, appreciative dynamic between the *gulp* feisty American lead and the grim British naval captain. It's also astonishingly sensual for an early Carla Kelly. What memory papered over was how painfully young Hannah was- she agonized very littl ...more
Hannah Whittier, a young Quaker girl, is traveling to Charleston to be married. To her dismay, her ship is first attacked by the British, whose Captain forces a young American boy to join his crew, and later by the French who kill almost all the passengers and destroy the vessel. The young woman manages to escape and is saved by the same British crew lead by Captain Sir Daniel Spark.

What went wrong for me in Miss Whittier Makes a List? The two main characters, Hannah and Daniel. I normally don't
Michele Lacroix
I really enjoyed this book. I have come to really enjoy Carla Kelly's books and this one was no different. The author really employs history in this book. The hero is a captain of a British commerce raider who impresses American sailors. The heroine is a Quaker young lady,who is going to visit her brother in Charleston, when the ship she is on is stopped by the British Commerce raider. This book is worth reading.
I like Carla Kelly's characters. They are always just so nice--sometimes it's good to read a book with normal sorts of non angstsy people without a bunch of character flaws. This was not a story that went anywhere grand or exciting imo, it kind of followed the characters--nice.
Carole Roman
Charming regency romance where American Quaker Hannah Whitier is shipwrecked and saved by a British vessel that impressed several of her former ships sailors. Love blossoms between Captain Sparks and Hannah as she grows from a shy teenager to an able bodied member of the crew. Was it believable, no. Did it matter, not a all. Carla Kelly loves her characters and ultimately makes you fall in love with them as well. Brave and conflicted, she captures all of their flaws and insecurities making them ...more
Amanda Caswell
A Quaker miss ends up on a ship of the British Navy, plaguing the captain with her good cheer. A delightful read, it contains one of my favorite moments of comfort in a romance (view spoiler) ...more
Yet another proof of Carla Kelly's ability to tell a story with superior plot and historical authenticity. The main characters were a surprise and delight. I laughed so many times as the Quaker girl Hannah had to learn through mishap how to survive on a British fighting ship and I loved reading the growing feelings between her and the captain. A hardened lonely sailor who breathed duty and honor met his match in a feisty young girl with a strong moral compass. Their adventures were exciting and ...more
I'm a big fan of Carla Kelly. This one, with a Quaker heroine and a brash well to do naval officer was a fun romp through lots of gore. Lots of thee and thy for effect.
Cute and sweet - heroine is very young but not annoyingly immature. Hero is abrasive but not cold-hearted. The wartime setting and the human cost of war are at times moving, but do not drag the book down too much.

My main complaint (and some might think it's nothing, but it's throughout the book and drove me nuts) is that the Quaker heroine had no concept of the subjective form of the second person. She used the objective form ("thee") for everything. "Thee is sitting" and "Is thee cold?" kind of
Jane Grannan
Miss Whittier make a list

Carly Kelly has never written a bad book as far as I am concerned this one was every bit as good.
3 1/2 stars. Would have rated it higher but for the rushed ending. The story really needed more pages to flesh out the angsty turn in the story line. The story was 5 stars while it was ship-board, but it floundered once it moved to England and back to Nantucket.
I think this couple, more than any other couple Kelly has presented us with, will have the toughest life after the book is over.

I cried so much at the end, it was so touching & then just had to re read the ending & cried just as hard if not harder.
"Whatever you do, and wherever the years take you, please know there was a man who loved you too much to marry you."

It ends happily of course!
Apr 29, 2013 Brook added it
read this for the cover alone. ha! sometimes i love to have a few weekend reads on hand. it had a lovely little part that i will certainly add to my "favorites" list. there were a few things that kept me from truly loving it--but i did enjoy it.
I cannot pinpoint why but this little book just sucked me into it and kept me reading till I was done. I liked the hero and heroine and their interaction. This was a clean book and just a nice respite from ...
Carla Kelly excels at the nuance of personality. The men are brave, (usually) military men and the women are lucky. Her books are among the best in historic romance. Don't miss her!
Hannah Clark
I had 21st-Century-woman-want-to-throw-my-book-across-the-room-and-swear issues with this love story. Other than that, it was a well written, educational, and entertaining read. :-)
Lesley-Anne McLeod
This book boasts a charming heroine, a strong and enigmatic hero, and a great story. Add in Kelly's knowledge of Regency maritime lore and you have a truly great read.
Nicole White
Quakers, America, Spain, and the high seas - all in England's Regency period. Miss Whittier is a delightful spunky young lady. A fun and engaging read.
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