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Isabella (Trevelyan Family #1)

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  707 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
At the spinster age of 26, the independent, wealthy and imminently sensible Isabella Latham had forgotten about marriage hopes long ago. Ever aware of duty, Isabella accompanies her two young cousins to oversee their debut in London...only to find that it's Isabella who is attracting all the suitors...all of whom do seem to have quite an excess of creditors.

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Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 28th 1989 by Avon Books (first published 1987)
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Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
Nov 10, 2009 Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation rated it really liked it
I thought this was rather enjoyable. It had been on my radar for a long time, after seeing my good friend Deb’s review a few years ago I’d been trying to get my hands on a copy. Last night I saw that Amazon finally had it available in Kindle format. I quickly bought it and got lost in Isabella’s story.

I liked Isabella, Lord Heartleigh and even Isabella’s mother Maria. I liked that Maria put on quite the show, when really she was sharp and knew exactly what was going on around her. I liked her s
Mar 11, 2014 QNPoohBear rated it really liked it
Edward Trevelyan, Earl of Hartleigh faced down the French and nearly died as a spy for Wellington. Nothing has made him more fearful than arriving home to his ward's governess tearfully confessing she has lost Lucy! Hartleigh is terrified he has failed his late friend. He promised he would look after Lucy and now she's lost in the middle of an unfamiliar and dangerous city. How could this have happened? Isabella Latham is in Town to chaperone her younger cousins' first Season. She's a spinster a ...more
Dec 19, 2010 Ilze rated it it was ok
I was lucky to purchase this book in the first edition hardcover from eBay (published by Walker and Company). The book has a fly-leaf dedication written by Loretta Chase herself, hoping that the dedicatee likes the book and laughs at least three times - "at the publisher's errors if nothing else"!

Unfortunately I can't recommend the book to anyone except a die-hard Loretta Chase fan. There is far too much plot for a short book like this and parts of the plot are far too contrived to be believable
D.W. Nichols
Jul 07, 2014 D.W. Nichols rated it liked it
Loretta Chase es una de mis autoras preferidas y, así y todo, este libro me ha defraudado mucho. Sería correcto para cualquier otra autora, pero siendo suyo, no parece escrito por ella. No hay picardía, ni situaciones absurdas, ni diálogos ingeniosos. Le doy un tres porque es una novela correcta, como ya he dicho, pero muy por debajo de su nivel normal.
Jan 29, 2014 kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm attempting to read ALL THE CHASE, and so, Isabella.

This book suffers for the obvious love affair Chase was developing with Basil. It was as if she started out with a plot idea--heiress Cit is torn between the sensual bad boy and the proper Earl--and then promptly discovered just how much fun she was having with the sensual bad boy.

Half of this book feels like prologue for The English Witch (Basil's novel); nothing about the plot stood out except for Isabella's provoking chuckle and Basil,
Tami (synchro from BL)
Enjoyable and clean historical <p></p>
<p>With a nice and interesting heroine. The hero remained a bit stereotypical, but the story was sweet enough to carry him through.</p>
<p>What I liked most: There were no cheap shots - the way the blackmail plot was resolved was well done. I was afraid when this started to show on the horizon that the reader (me) would be treated to a lot of useless whining and crying while the solution is glaring into everybo
Lady Wesley
May 22, 2013 Lady Wesley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lendable
This book is Loretta Chase's debut, and for a first book it's pretty good. There are glimmers of the Chase to come, but the plot development is quite confusing, although I suspect that some of my confusion could be blamed on bad Kindle formatting. Scene shifts in mid-chapter, which ordinarily might be marked by extra spacing, a wingding, or a dropped capital, were not marked in any way.

The plot itself was quite good, and I would love to see how today's Loretta Chase would write this book.
This must be a reread though I don't remember it, because I bought those double editions of old Loretta Chase regencies in paperback in the 90s, hmm *checks shelves again* Yup. It obviously didn't leave any real impression with me. Interesting, because some of the combined editions I quite liked and remember.

Production values:
+ NYLA publishers (an agent that publishes books is a publisher in my book) managed to pick a much prettier cover than they had for the first release of Lord of Scoundrels
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
2.5 stars

Isabella Latham is accompaning her two cousins for their season,a spinster of 26 she doesnt except to be more than a chaperone for them.
One day while at the modistes she comes upon a little girl who is quickly revealed to be the Earl of Hartleighs ward.

The earl himself soon arrives and mistakenly believing Isabella is the modistes assistant brusquely dismisses her,just to be set straight by Isabella that she is in fact a lady.They dont get off on a good foot.

Since his ward Lucy wont sto
Apr 17, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok
This wasn't bad. But it certainly wasn't great either. Everything felt rushed. The hero was annoyingly apathetic for half of the book and only showed an interest when it became clear his cousin wanted her too. His reluctance to step up to the plate led this reader to believe he didn't care for the heroine at all and only pursued her so his rival wouldn't get his toy. Book was way too short for any true feels to develop - the only semi angsty scene was over in a page.
Vikki Vaught
My Musings

What a delightfully witty read! This is one of Loretta Chase's early books, and I am so glad I found it. Isabella is an enchanting character and an easy heroine to fall in love with. Edward is all that is honorable and true. His gentle care of his ward pulled at my heart strings.
If you enjoy a well-written traditional regency, then you will love Isabella. Happy reading!
Oct 20, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: vintage-romance
If you don't care for subtle humor or prosaic speach, you might have trouble appreciating this story. If you enjoy clean romance, self discovery, and on dit... You will enjoy this.
Willow Brook
2 1/2 stars. Published in 1987, this book comes nowhere near the delightful writing, wittiness,and interesting plotting that has made Chase one of my favorite authors. There are glimmers of her wonderful dialogue and glimpses of the quirky, well rounded characters of her later books, but the writing just wasn't honed yet. Add to that, my pet peeve of a major plot point being repeatedly hinted at until the big denouement and then leaving messy ends lying about unresolved. But it was better than j ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Deborah thanks again for another great book. This was a fun book. I was glad to read about a first kiss done right. This book had an amazing first kiss! I am always amazed to read books and when the first kiss happens the person starts discussing other things. Why? Why if you are suppose to be interested in this person would your mind start drifting to other things. If that is the case then you obviously aren't that interested in the person in the first place. Well I am done with my soap box but ...more
Loretta Chase Has Evolved From This. Thank You.

Isabella Latham has come to London from the country to oversee her two young cousins' coming out. She is at a modiste when a distressed 7-year old girl comes out of hiding. Then suddenly the girl's guardian, Edward Trevelyan, seventh Earl of Hartleigh, blusters in to claim her. Isabella finds him rude and arrogant, but, oh so handsome.

Isabella, at 26, believes she is too old for marriage, and too plain to attract suitors, so she is content in her ch
Sandra R
Nov 06, 2015 Sandra R rated it it was ok
Good thing I read "Lord of Scoundrels" before this book. If I had read "Isabella" first, I might have bi-passed anything by Loretta Chase. I believe this is either her first, or one of her first novels.

There were glimmers of a good book, but I was most confused reading this edition (on Kobo e-reader) eg:~

Head hopping galore and I had to re-read sections to figure out which characters' POV I was reading. Scenes and days changed, but there were rarely gaps or 'stars' at the end of sections to defi
May 14, 2015 Zoe rated it it was ok
Disclaimer to this review: this is not a poorly written book.

Ms. Chase, being the famed author that she is, did not do poorly in terms of writing in this novel. My rating has a lot more to do with my personal taste and is in no way a reflection on Ms. Chase's writing quality. Her style in this book even reminded me a little of Jane Austen. Definitely more modern but I have the distinct feeling that I had when I read Pride and Prejudice as a young girl. For the writing itself I would have given
Zel Polev
Feb 15, 2015 Zel Polev rated it liked it
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Feb 07, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plots, subplots and dastardly plotting

Well, Isabella comes from trade and wealth on her father's side, while her mother's aristocratic family has dismissed them. But then aristocratic families need money, so they condescend to allow them to pay for the London season for both their daughter, common Isabella and her cousin Alice. Very surprisingly it is Isabella who's inundated with young gentlemen, including a Earl and his disreputable cousin, both determined to have her.

I enjoyed the main story
Loretta Chase's debut novel features a large cast of interesting characters, a jam packed plot, and many moments of fun romantic farce. Although, there is perhaps too much going on for such a short novel, it was still very enjoyable! The hero and heroine are engaging, and their challenging path to romance is believable and satisfying. Plus, Basil, the diabolical but roguish villain, is well set up here for his own book, 'The English Witch', the second book in this Trevelyan Duet.
Lady Wesley
Jul 02, 2014 Lady Wesley rated it liked it
Shelves: listened
I rate this early Chase story as a 3.5, but sadly the audio is a 1.

Loretta Chase is historical romance royalty, in my opinion, and her many fans have waited patiently for her books to finally appear in audio. Her magnum opus, Lord of Scoundrels, appeared earlier this year, as well as the three volumes of the Dressmakers series.

Those titles had first-class production values, but Isabella, sadly, does not. The narrator is good, but the sound quality is very poor. Blackstone Audio produced LOS and
Quite enjoyable. I believe this was one of Loretta Chase's first books, and it is a great debut. The heroine was great, the secondary characters interesting and the villain was well developed.
Dec 29, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it
This was a fun fast read. My friend Deb reviewed it very nicely. I've enjoyed this author's books before, and I look forward to trying more of her books in the future.
Feb 05, 2013 Jerelyn rated it liked it
An early work of Loretta Chase it was short and sweet, if not a bit predictable. But I love Loretta Chases style.
Sep 17, 2014 Silvia rated it liked it
Shelves: m-f-historical
I downloaded this because I much enjoyed reading Ms Chase's Carsington novels, and also "The Last Hellion" and "Don't tempt me". "Isabella" isn't quite as witty and sparkling as those but it's still an enjoyable read. I like to read something light and fun before I go to sleep, and for that purpose, this novel is just the thing. It doesn't bore you to tears but it doesn't make you gnaw your nails either. It's a nice little story that will make you go to sleep with a little smile and a light hear ...more
M.A. Nichols
I really enjoyed this book. It's clean and sweet and quite charming. The only reason I didn't give it 4 stars is that the story and characters just weren't developed enough. There was the possibility of making it a bigger story than it was, but the author just didn't delve deep enough.

The villain is fabulous. He's one of the best parts of the book and that's mostly because he's a real person. He's desperate and selfish, but he never goes down those crazy melodramatic paths that most villains in
Oct 17, 2013 H2bourne rated it liked it
I liked that the heroine, Isabella Latham, is not an Incomparable nor an antidote. Her looks are not stunning but she has her own beauty that is enhanced by her personality. She is intelligent, witty, and unpretentious. She is a 26-yr-old spinster who is chaperoning her younger cousins. Despite their superior beauty, one cousin, Veronica, is the daughter of an impoverished Viscount while the other cousin - gasp! - is the daughter of a Cit which makes her an undesirable in the eyes of the ton. Th ...more
May 01, 2013 Mikki rated it it was ok
Isabella is the story of Isabella Latham, a rich heiress who is caught up in a love triangle two men -- one of whom is obviously the One but she proceeds to make a hash of a very simple situation anyway because otherwise there wouldn't be a story, would there?

If it isn't obvious yet, I didn't quite love this story. I gather that this is one of Loretta Chase's first books, so it's understandable -- anyway, her halfway decent books are better than many other more established authors' attempts.

Dec 12, 2015 Mainer207 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Good story; poor production.

The story was quite fine. Toward the end I'm not sure why but I got a bit confused. Things went very quickly but they also seemed a bit disjointed. However, I enjoyed the story.

I liked the narrator, too, but the audio production was abysmal. It sounded like it was recorded in the bottom of a barrel. That's horribly unfair to the author and can't be blamed on the narrator either. For that reason I can only rate this a "3" even though the story itself would be higher.
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Jul 14, 2011 .þµŋψà. [Punya Reviews...] rated it really liked it
Shelves: loretta-chase
I didn't do a detailed review of this book but I remember it being a light read, without any sex scenes. Something you'd wanna read to pass some good times on a boring afternoon. Earl of Hartleigh's 7 yr old niece, Lucy goes missing, which leads the Earl, Edward to Isabella, our heroine. Isabella isn't a conventional beauty, rather a spinster despite her nice little fortune and so on. There are twists, as Basil, the earl's cousin, makes trouble for them. Also, a twist about Isabella's parentage ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 11, 2015 06:01PM  
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Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New Engl ...more
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