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Tarnished Amongst the Ton (Herriard #2)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  69 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The Secret Life of Miss Phyllida Hurst

Having survived the scandal of her birth with courage and determination, the beautiful Phyllida has reached a precarious balance within the ton. And in just one moment Ashe Herriard, Viscount Clere, blows her world and her carefully made plans to pieces.

Brought up in vibrant Calcutta, Ashe is disdainful of polite London society, but so
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Harlequin
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May 01, 2013 Rane rated it really liked it

A continuation of the Herriard family series, we pick up with Anusha and Nick's son Ashe as he swims a new current of the ton and finding a woman in Phyllida who he finds fascinating and mysterious and wonders what she's hiding..?

Louise Allen wins me over yet again with 'Tarnished Amongst the Ton' picking up years after 'Forbidden Jewel of India' Nick and Anusha are not Marquess and Marchioness of Eldonstone and journey they haven't wanted to travel. Now along with their son Ashe and daughter
Very good book. Phyllida has worked very hard to overcome the stigma of her birth. To the people of the ton she is her brother's illegitimate sister but mostly accepted because her behavior is above reproach. They don't know that she has a secret life that she uses to pay the bills for herself and her brother. She has accepted that she will never marry and has made her own plans for her future. Ashe's arrival in London opens her eyes to feelings she never thought she'd have, but also reminds her ...more
Rosemary Morris
Mar 28, 2014 Rosemary Morris rated it it was amazing
Tarnished Amongst the Ton, set in the Regency, is Louise Allen’s enthralling sequel to Forbidden Jewel of India set in India in 1788 which I have already reviewed.

Nick and part-Indian Anusha, now the Marquess and Marchioness of Eldonstone, are reluctant to leave India, but duty calls so they depart with their son and daughter, handsome, charismatic Ashe and charming, innocent Sara.

At the docks Ashe meets Phyllida Hurst, a lady tarnished by her birth, and with many secrets involving her struggl
Jun 23, 2014 Ladysatel rated it really liked it
Tarnished Among The Ton by Louise Allen

Phyllida Hurst leads a secret life. On the surface she is sister to Gregory Hearst, Earl of Fransham, a profligate spender. Phyllida also owns a shop called The Cabinet of Curiosity, calling herself Madame Deaucourt. It is with this shop she makes the money for her and her brother to live in reasonable circumstances. No one in the Ton knows of Phyllida’s venture into commerce, it just wouldn’t do for them to associate with a person of a shopkeeper.

When Phyl
Joshualyn Prater
Jan 26, 2016 Joshualyn Prater rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book... This was my first read from this author. I thought it was okay, it was kind of slow in the beginning, then seemed to pick up. I did like that she wrote about India and the culture. But the ending was just awful and ridiculous. It's the normal Guy wins girl, fall in love, get married ect. ending but the very ending is literally ridiculous.... The author could have ended it another way other then being in bed together, saying that he was unable to speak and ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Tasneem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, british-raj
I do enjoy a good romance and this was that. But more, it had a good sense of what it means to be different either because of colour and birth, or illegitimacy. Phyllida's life was destroyed because her father didn't marry her mother in time. He was a wastrel and a fool. Her brother, finally gets his head out of his arse and is willing to do the right thing by marrying and heiress from the merchant class for money. All should be well, and yet, Phyllida sold herself for money at the age of sevent ...more
Carrie Olguin
Jun 26, 2013 Carrie Olguin rated it did not like it

I fear I may be jaded after reading over 500 romance novels. Other readers may find this story more interesting. But not me. I read halfway through chapter seven before my eyes refused to remain open.

The heroine is the bastard daughter of an earl whose parents married *after* her birth. Apparently she was raped when she was seventeen by the first villain of the story - a gaming hell owner and basic, criminal, all-bad-without-redeeming-values bully.

By day (when the heroine *feels* like it) sh
Jul 17, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
Spellbinding historical romance is what Louise Allen does best and in her latest dazzling Regency tale, Tarnished Amongst the Ton, this hugely talented award-winning author has penned an unforgettable story readers will not want to miss!

Miss Phyllida Hurst is a born survivor. The unfortunate circumstances of her birth might have made her a pariah in certain social circles and her brother’s unfortunate penchant for the gaming hells of London might be causing her many a sleepless night, but the un
Stevie Carroll
Jul 01, 2013 Stevie Carroll rated it it was amazing
Just when I'm feeling jaded about everything, Louise Allen manages to cheer me up, this time with a continuation of the Herriard's story. This time it's the next generation at the forefront as Nick and Anusha travel to England to claim Nick's inheritance and find suitable partners for their two children. Of course none of them are really prepared for English society, but nor is the ton prepared for them. Throw in Phyllida and her unconventional household (not to mention her dark and complex past ...more
Steph N
Mar 17, 2014 Steph N rated it did not like it
One star for including a male lead of some color (half British, half Indian) instead of the usual British aristocrat. Otherwise, I'm embarrassed to have read it. Typical romantic nonsense. Easy, mindless read.
May 07, 2014 Rosie rated it liked it
Shelves: royals
i am so weak for royal love stories.yes i am.whatever their title may be, dukes, earls, counts, i love them all.and okay, there are so many green-eyed characters in these type of stories too.
Oct 25, 2015 Frances rated it did not like it
I should know better then to read a book with a title like this. It was as bad as the title implies.
Annie Burrows
Jun 10, 2013 Annie Burrows rated it really liked it
a satisfying sequel to the earlier India set tale of the Herriard family
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Category: Historical Romance
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Miniseries: The Herriard Family
Category: Historical Romance
May 16, 2013 Kassie rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book...would recommend.
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This author also writes under the name Francesca Shaw.

I have had my nose buried in a history book - fact or fiction - for as long as I can remember, but even more important to me are the places and the objects that conjure up the past. My first attempt at historical fiction
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