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There's Something About Lady Mary (Summersby #2)

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  250 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Sophie Barnes is back with another delightful Summersby Tale. This time, Ryan Summersby meets his match!

Mary Croyden lives a simple life . . . and she likes it. But when she inherits a title and a large sum of money, everything changes. Forced to navigate high society, Mary finds herself relying on the help of one man—Ryan Summersby. Determined not to lose her sense of sel
Published November 13th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
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I've given this book two stars because I found the information regarding medical practice in the early 19th century very interesting and the author has clearly done her homework. Without that, though, it wouldn't have got the second star.
The writing style was very simplistic and there was no real depth to either the hero or heroine. Mary in particular was a mass of contradictions; one minute she lacks confidence and self-esteem and the next she's giving the hero a dressing down or running off in
Melissa McHugh
Oct 31, 2012 Melissa McHugh rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, honest. The plot itself was intriguing and I liked the details -- a woman running around as an unlicensed surgeon, old time medical malpractice. There was a lot of promise in the premise.

But I couldn't identify with Ryan or Mary. Neither of them were offered any qualities or personalities beyond what was happening on the page. Mary was at times annoying, stubborn and stupid. Ryan was priggish, inconsistent. I didn't believe his emotions at any point. He never drove th
Ashlea (
Dec 29, 2012 Ashlea ( rated it did not like it
None of the motivations of the characters of this book made any sense at all. Why would someone go to the trouble of making sure his title was inherited by his daughter without telling her that it even existed? Why would a hero who appreciated how unconventional the heroine was, and who had a unconventional sister whom he loved and respected, suddenly go all prudish when it was revealed the heroine was off acting unconventionally? If you knew someone had already broken into your house to steal s ...more
Nov 14, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Mary Croyden grew up with her father, a surgeon, learning all she could from him and is devastated by his death but she is even more stunned by all the secrets he was hiding. Her father was an earl and never told her, instead choosing to live his life quietly providing medical care. He made provisions for Mary though in the form of passing his title on to her, along with a fortune, so now Mary finds herself a lady and in the unfamiliar waters of the ton. Always feeling plain her whole life, she ...more
Oct 20, 2012 LibraryDanielle rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
I wanted to like this, but I just couldn't. the main characters had no depth, and in spite of being smart medical students or surgeons were just so stupid. the medical practices that hadn't been invented yet were the final nail in the coffin.

I was disappointed because I wanted to like Mary. I quite enjoy strong heroines who know their minds. but this one, I just couldn't.
May 09, 2016 Sue rated it really liked it
Story 4, I liked this even better than the first. The transitions from scene to scene was smoother, yet the inventive plot devices still remain with this series. A marked improvement of the prior book in form and execution.

Another woman acting as a man would in this story it's an 1810's women surgeon (Illegal at the time). Courts scandal and danger by continuing her work though she's now part of the "ton". Only thing lacking is the author only described one of her surgeries and I found myself wa
Nov 20, 2012 Jennie rated it liked it
From Goodreads: Sophie Barnes is back with another delightful Summersby Tale. This time, Ryan Summersby meets his match!

Mary Croyden lives a simple life . . . and she likes it. But when she inherits a title and a large sum of money, everything changes. Forced to navigate high society, Mary finds herself relying on the help of one man—Ryan Summersby. Determined not to lose her sense of self, she realizes that Ryan is the only person she can trust. But Mary's hobbies are not exactly proper, and Ry
Nov 30, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it
The second installment in the Summerby series has adventure and mystery.

Mary Croyden enjoyed her life just the way it was. She loved spending time with her father and enjoyed learning all he knew about medicine. She had a very unusual upbringing, for the last several years she and her father traveled around the countryside practicing medicine. He kept detailed journals about his travels and the things he learned which seems to be where all the problems have started. Recently her father was hit b
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Dec 02, 2012 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it really liked it
There’s Something About Lady Mary is the second book in the Summersby Tale series. I have read the series backwards-finishing book 3 first and now book 2. Both did a good job of standing alone.

This is another book with a very strong female main character. Mary has been working as a surgeon with her father during the war in Spain. Now she is back in England and wants to continue but it is illegal for women to practice surgery so she works in secret. Enter Ryan who finds out her secret, wants to m
Apr 09, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this suspense filled historical romance. Mary Croyden was raised by her physician father, living simply and learning to assist him as a surgeon as well. When her father dies, she learns that not only did he have a title, but he has left her as his heir and she has become the Marchioness of Steeplewood. Now she has to navigate the waters of the aristocracy and still try to practice her medicine, although women weren’t allowed to become doctors at that time. I found the medical aspect of ...more
Jan 09, 2013 Dottie rated it really liked it
A delightful tale which I actually rated 4.5! Taken from my review at

Mary Croyden grew up in a modest house in Stepney, a far cry from any aristocrats. Her father had run a medical practice out of the house until she was old enough to accompany him on his travels. He also trained her in medicine as she assisted him, giving her vast experience that not even medical school would provide. With his death, she suddenly discovers that her father had a title, one she never knew abou
Apr 06, 2013 Tracy rated it really liked it
As the daughter of a doctor Mary learned a lot from her father, enough for her to be considered a doctor too. And while being a female doctor was an oddity she was good enough to gain the trust of her fathers peers. But when her father dies and she returns to England her life is turned upside down. Because in truth she is the Marchioness of Steepleton. So this means working as a doctor is even more of a problem for her, but it is also something she won't give up on. Then you have Ryan Summersby, ...more
Dec 03, 2012 Mona rated it really liked it
Sophie Barnes finally gets it right in There's Something About Lady Mary. And I say that in a joyful way. Why? I read a ton of historical romance books, and until now, her books has left me frustrated with too many needless descriptions and flat characters. But in this offering, her writing has a definite shine.

Mary Croyden is a courageous young woman who dares to follow in her father's footsteps by becoming a surgeon. Her father believes many deaths could have been prevented if only other sur
Nov 19, 2012 Marlene rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

The outline for There's Something About Lady Mary has some similarities to the first book in the Summersby series, Lady Alexandra's Excellent Adventure. A man who thinks he is quite conventional but actually isn't falls in love with a woman who is very unconventional. But because he thinks he is conventional, he spends much too much time trying to change the reasons that attracted him in the first place. Sparks, tension, and misunderstandings ensue.

The role
Jun 18, 2014 Melanie rated it did not like it
This is the second book of The Summersby’s series [my review of the first is here] and I’m finding myself in the same boat as I was reading the first book.

I can still see that her writing has potential, but I still feel that she needs to work on ... thanks for jumping to b2b to finish my review ...

Melanie for b2b

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I really rated this a 3.5, I enjoyed this simplistic tale set in regency England. It appealed to me because the main character is a practicing surgeon and for a young woman this was not only illegal but highly unusual. The daughter of a surgeon she has learned medicine at her fathers side. It is the accurate medical facts that made this a fascinating story to me. It covers surgeries and medical malpractice from the regency point of view.
Arlene Franks
Sep 15, 2014 Arlene Franks rated it really liked it
The book's description doesn't do it justice. The female lead is a surgeon in 1800s England...A titled women new to the ton. In case you don't know this, it's not legal for a woman to be a licensed physician at that time. So, she's practicing medicine illegally while trying to get accustomed to the idiosyncratic world of the aristocracy, and dealing with an overbearing protector. Oh! Plus, some mean guys are out to gether. Let's just say it's a fun romp, shall we?
Wendy Tavenner
Aug 04, 2014 Wendy Tavenner rated it it was amazing
Just finished the book and loved it!!! Mary and Ryan were a breath of fresh air and I loved it that Mary was similar to Alex, it was too funny!!! Loved the intrigue, suspense but wished there was an epilogue like in Alex's story!!! If you have read any of Sophie Barnes novels then you'll love this one!!!
Sarah stevenson
Feb 06, 2016 Sarah stevenson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Super, suspense, and well written. The lady Mary was given some shocks about her father's life after his death. But she still was faithful to his career, and was helping Me. Ryan to solve this murder. Great plot.
Rachel Dyken
Nov 28, 2012 Rachel Dyken rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!

Sophie Barnes takes a subject matter that frankly for any writer, especially that of a regency era story, is really difficult to pull off.

She does it SPLENDIDLY! The amount of research that had to go into this story almost stressed me out for her, but again she does it so well!

I love Lady Mary. So many regency heroines are simpering or perhaps immature. Lady Mary nearly steals the story from the hero because she matches him in every way possible. He tries to be controlling and
Nov 04, 2012 Arshia rated it really liked it
I thought this novel was refreshing. Ryan Sommersby wasn't the annoying alpha male until well into the novel and then he was just worried about the heroine. I liked Mary in the beginning, her character was assertive and sure of herself. However, towards the end she was quite stupid like putting herself in danger because she wanted to show her independence. I was happy that the heroine not only had better social standing but more knowledge than the hero. Yet it felt like the author left the story ...more
Apr 12, 2013 Al rated it really liked it

Mary Croyden lives a simple life . . . and she likes it. But when she inherits a title and a large sum of money, everything changes. Forced to navigate high society, Mary finds herself relying on the help of one man—Ryan Summersby. Determined not to lose her sense of self, she realizes that Ryan is the only person she can trust. But Mary's hobbies are not exactly proper, and Ryan is starting to discover that this simple miss is not at all what he expected . . . but just might be exactly what he

Aug 21, 2013 Maya rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I enjoyed the medical history and the Regency setting. However, the different plot threads were not balanced. In the middle, the romance becomes insignificant only to rebound with a vengeance once the bad guy is exposed. I was frustrated that two bodies were left on the brink of death with no clear indication of how the men would survive, just the statement that it would be best if they did. Very bizarre how somethings were hashed over at length while others resolved off screen with no explanati ...more
Dec 16, 2012 Maya rated it really liked it
I like Ryan until he tried to smother Mary and prevent her from being a surgeon. It was a bit hypocritical of him, since his sister is also outside of society rules. But I agreed with their comprise - the hospital where Mary could teach medicine.

They fought most of the book, there were parts that I wanted her to just forget about Ryan.

I expected Lady Stephanie's created scandal to be more scandalous. It was taken care of too swift.

The Surgery room was a good twist.
Jan 21, 2013 Carolina rated it liked it
Mary, is a revolutiony woman, and the male lead, well his kinda childish in a way and bound by strictures, and its nice to see him bend, and see her bend to some realities in that time but still manage to propose a change to the way of things. The historical facts with the story make it more believable, but in some instances the events became too repeated to read thoroughly and instead just skim through, but in all an enojoyable book
Ma Ana Chinesa
Dec 19, 2012 Ma Ana Chinesa rated it really liked it
A book is not all about love ONLY.

Medical history was written thoroughly, she did a fine research and I applaud her for a job well done. And I love how Sophie Barnes expressed that a woman could be anything she wanted to be, and of course, the fact that women can surpass men. The unfair disregard to women makes want to hog-tie and shoot men to bleed. Really.
Oct 03, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
This book brings up a number of issues about the practice of medicine in Regency England. Some of these same issues continue today. I liked this book because it wasn't a typical romance - there was a mystery to solve as well as intrigue and suspense. I couldn't wait to see how things resolved in the end.
Nov 17, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
I didn't really care for mary very much, i think that she was too stuck on herself and didn't want to listen when people were just trying to help her. Despite mary i did like the book and can't wait for the next one
Allison Feingold
Sep 14, 2013 Allison Feingold rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
It was really 2.5 stars. I liked the premise of the book with a female doctor but too many misunderstandings got in the way of the plot to move the story forward. I liked the first book in the series better.
Jan 22, 2014 suzi rated it it was ok
The writing style is a bit simplistic. I liked the medical details and the mystery (somewhat) though. Didn't feel the chemistry between the hero and the heroine. I skipped the latter parts.
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Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to th
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Other Books in the Series

Summersby (3 books)
  • Lady Alexandra's Excellent Adventure (Summersby #1)
  • The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda (Summersby, #3)

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