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One Good Turn: Signet Regency Romance (Benedict Nesbitt #2)

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A disappointed Duke gets a lesson in love in this classic Signet Regency Romance from Carla Kelly.
Benedict Nesbitt, the Seventh Duke of Knaresborough, prepares himself to a life of solitude when the woman he loves marries another man. Resigned to looking after his niece and working on his stiff upper lip, he heads back home...
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Published November 1st 2012 by Portfolio (first published December 2001)
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This book typifies what I really enjoy in a regency, even though it’s depressing and even horrifying at moments. I read the book in 3-4 hours and absolutely loved it. The slow build of the romance, the unfolding of each character's story, and the development of each one were wonderful. *I somehow missed the fact that this is a follow-up to Libby's London Merchant I'd urge readers to read that one first just so this book doesn't spoil the outcome of that one, but each book stands up well on their ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

I vaguely recall Benedict, the Duke of Knaresborough from Libby's London Merchant, which I read several years ago. I think I put off reading this book because I didn't like him then although I was sure there was something decent in his character.

I'm so glad that Carla Kelly's books are coming out in ebook now because I always meant to read this book to feel that this story arc was complete. Its practically impossible to find her older books in print although I lucked out on ebay

I made a mistake. I didn't pay attention that this story was the follow-up to Libby's London Merchant. My bad. So I am warning you to read that book first.

I started ONE GOOD TURN and my gut told me that there must be another story out there somewhere. Stupid me. I continued reading because the hero was a dolt and I became intrigued with Liria and her little boy, Juan.

I admit I didn't like 'Nez' at the beginning. As I just mentioned, he was a dolt: a blockhead, nitwit, and imbecile. He was
This was a gritty story. Not the usual Carla Kelly Regency. But I love, love, love this book!!
Love the male character driven stories. Love the military men who cry!! Love the mellow men who turn alpha!! And - characters from a previous book turn up so that I know what happened to them. Love that last chapter where you think that the hero and heroine won't get together then WHAM - they are sitting there professing their love and you are saying - YEAH!! Love the butler who is really the best frien
Amanda Caswell
This is the book that really got me into reading Carla Kelly and (for me) set her apart from similar authors. I love light Regencies like Georgette Heyer, but occasionally I want to sink my teeth into something a little more substantial. The Duke of Knaresborough is a thoroughly selfish and bored man now that he's retired from the army. The occasional act of service to another human being does nothing toward making him a more likable character until his coachman shames him into offering a ride t ...more
This is a nice follow up to Libby's London Merchant. This time the story picks up a year later with the Duke of Knaresborough, Benedict Nesbitt (Nez). He has successfully stayed sober but still feels the sting of losing Libby to Dr Cook. However, a Spanish woman with her young son enters his life and he realizes his heart can heal. This story moves along at a good pace and deals with serious matters with just the right touch. It does not gloss over the horrors of war but neither did it leave me ...more
One of the things Ms. Kelly does well is to begin her story in media res. Her characters haven’t been waiting for this story to live, and we must catch up with them as they ramble, gallop, or flee ventre à terre across the landscape of the story. In One Good Turn, Benedict Nesbitt, the Seventh Duke of Knaresborough, crawled out of the bottle a year previous to the beginning of the story, after having lost the love of his life to a “bumbling, overweight surgeon”, who is utterly happy with her lif ...more
Karen (Book Light Graveyard)
This book is almost entirely from the hero's perspective, which you don't come across too often in romance novels (though this isn't the first time I've run into in Carla Kelly's books). And while I would've liked to get to know Liria better than I did, I didn't feel like the book suffered at all being mainly from Nez's perspective, because he's such an interesting character. He's far from perfect, but he's trying, and I appreciated that it wasn't "the love of a good woman" that reformed him--it ...more
“One Good Turn” is a spin-off of “Libby’s London Merchant”. I like spin-offs, generally speaking, because it gives focus and value to another worthy character. If I liked the original story, I am always happy to read a further adventure. Nez was a good guy who deserves his own story.

It was good. However most of the time Carla Kelly hooks me with the first chapter and off I go. With “Good Turn” I had to be dragged somewhat into the story. I finally got more into it by the time I hit the 70s of th
Author: Carla Kelly
First published: 2001
Length: 3160 locations
Setting: Kent, around 1820 (shortly after "Libby's London Merchant").
Sex: clean.
Heroine: Spanish camp follower with child.
Hero: Duke. Dried out Alcoholic. Fought at Waterloo. Some light ptsd.
Trigger: Liria was gang raped during wartime.
Includes: excerpt from The Lady's Companion by Carla Kelly.

A tear-jerker that delves into guilt, responsibility and reformation.

This isn't an easy book to read.

Benedict (Nez) isn't the most compassionat
Erica Anderson
I can't quite say why this book didn't work for me. I'm a fan of Carla Kelly, especially her non-British settings and atypical romantic heroes and heroines. Yet that combination didn't work for me here. I never quite found the hero convincing as nobility. He is simply too nice. He has absolutely no pretensions or arrogance, something I found difficult to believe. One reason--among many--that I enjoy Kelly's characters is because they're so very decent. But decency becomes almost treacly in some ...more
unusual child {aka beppy}
nez was on his way back from visiting the woman that he loved, but lost to another man, when he meets a spanish woman and her son on the road. he takes them up, and offers liria a job as his housekeeper. liria is hiding something, some hurt from her past, and nez is still recovering from the atrocities that he saw during waterloo. when some of his comrades visit, he discovers the truth about liria, and has to answer for his actions. while he himself did not participate in the atrocities
So, so good.This book is told from the hero's point of view. It's a nice change. Nez, the hero, is fighting his demons after serving as a major during the Napoleonic Wars. Our heroine is fighting for her and her son's survival after being a camp follower during the war. The heroine's past is slowly revealed as we watch Nez exorcise his demons.. Lots of angst.
It's the second time I read this, and I'm glad I did, what a glorious way to celebrate the end of a vacation! I didn't remember a bit until I came to the part where Liria takes care of smallpox patients, and I couldn't stop reading by that point. It's a really tragic and beautiful tale, one of Carla Kelly's masterpieces. We are creatures who can create heaven and hell on this earth, and it kept me spellbound. The only problem with this book is that CK does emphasize her points here and there, an ...more
I enjoyed it so much. He saw her in the rain and the rest was history. Both characters are very well written.
What fantastic writing! I could not put this book down and had to finish it! Kelly words tug at your heart, squeeze and doesn't let go. The story itself is amazing, then add Kelly's magnificent story-telling on top. We meet Ben/Nez and Liria during a rainstorm where each is wary of the other. Thank goodness there is no instant attraction or love-at-first sight, nor is there antagonism that seems contrived.

As the story progresses, each character is peeled back layer by layer to reveal themselves
Theresa Engkilterra
Keely writes so you feel the emotions that her characters feel
So, this kind of looks like it's going to be a steamy romance novel, but it isn't bad like that. It was bad in that it took me until like halfway through to actually become a little interested in the characters and the story. One of the characters was so prevalent at the start of the book and dwindled to non-existance toward the end, which was weird because he decided that he was going to be so much a better uncle and everything, and then this niece... Yeah, what happens to her? Oh well. An inte ...more
What a tragic, devastating yet lovely, sweet story! The realness of Nez and Liria and their humble goodness just makes me want to scoop them into my arms and bless them with all that is of the greatest good. And little Juan elevates them even further. Carla Kelly writes so convincingly that I clearly see Juan propped up in front of Nez on his horse riding through the golden fields. I can also see into their future and how they will treasure every blessing that would come their way. Some characte ...more
The sequel to LIBBY'S LONDON MERCHANT. Nez, nearly the hero of that book, still had some growing to do before he could take on the full aspect of a hero.

The story grows slowly and our duke matures slowly as well. He came a long way in the previous book, but he's still struggling to find his place.

Liria's story, when it is fully revealed, is horrible. Such horror is unusual in romance, esp. an older Signet Regency, as this is. But it's real.

The HEA, when it finally arrives, left me warm and quit
This is the sequel to Libby's London Merchant. I liked it better of the two. I really enjoyed the characters in this one and it was cool to see them develop emotionally. I also really liked the historical information.

FYI: One of the characters was raped and relates the experience several years later in the book. It wasn't offensive to me and I thought it was handled well. Other readers have said that it really bothered them. So read at your own discretion. Otherwise, the content is clean.
Lynne Tull
What a wonderful story from Carla Kelly. It was exceptional! The story was about war and the ravages of war at its ugliest. I had to skip parts because they would linger in my mind too long. Ms. Kelly didn't sugar coat anything. What she did to soften its impact is to give us characters that had a lighter side that made you concentrate more on the good of living than the evil of war. I recommend it to you.
Dawn ♥ romance
A powerful story about a horrible event in history. Although there were many highly emotional moments, too much of the story was told from the hero's thoughts and the romance felt like a background storyline. On a rainy night Benedict a Duke agrees to give a ride to Spanish woman Liria and her child.
3.5 stars I appreciated the way Kelly showed the lasting effects of war on both characters. Can I call it PTSD? It was definitely trauma. This is a triumph through tragedy plot. The catharsis is difficult to share along with the characters, but that makes the ending truly heartwarming.
The best of Carla Kelly books I've read so far. I loved her approach to human nature and her quite balanced view of the world. There are some flaws with characters (some too nice, some too typical, etc) but that didn't stop me from being totally absorbed into the story. A very emotional read.
Exactly what one would expect from Carla Kelly: a thoughtful, wounded hero, struggling with life. A heroine much the same, and the gradual realization that they can heal each other. I found some of the plot quite tear-jerking, and those parts were told only in flashback.
Mandi Ellsworth
This is a continuation of "Libby's London Merchant" and it's a great end to the beginning. My only beef, is that Nez doesn't seem like the same character from one book to the next. Ah well.
Disappointing read. The theme of the heroine who has been raped has been developed so much more effectively and insightfully by other authors like Mary Balogh.
Judy Bullard
I did enjoy reading this book - although I didn't enjoy it as much as most of Carla Kelly's other books. Still a good read, though!
Donna Hatch
I liked the heroine and sympathized with her plight. The hero grew on me and I really liked him by the end of the book.
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