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With This Ring

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  716 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews

Major Disaster...

It was clear to Lydia Perkins from the first that she was courting scandal when she became involved with Major Samuel Reed. This outrageously impudent officer kept deplorable company in dismal surroundings beyond the boundaries of polite society. Even worse, he was shamelessly, sinfully penniless.

To keep him company would ruin Lydia's already slim chan

Paperback, 1st Edition, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Signet
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I am a stickler for reading a prologue or an author's note at the beginning of a book. WITH THIS RING contained both. *Read them.* They tie into the storyline and give the reader a 'heads-up'. Mrs. Kelly wrote a brief history of the real-life character, General Thomas Picton; he showed up on more than one occasion. She also explained the reason why the hero, Major Sam Reed, needed a wife.

The oldest daughter of a vindictive and snobbish mother and a long-suffering father, Lydia Perkins was a memb
Jun 14, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
Reread June 12-14, 2016.

This one held up pretty well though the second time around I wished for more appropriate outcome for Lydia's family issues than the one presented. Her tyrannical abusive mother, her selfish and vain sister, and her weak father who hid from everyone in his library (a la Mr. Bennet in Pride & Prejudice) caused Lydia so much heartache, physical and emotional harm that this small, teeny tiny part of me (who am I kidding?) really really wanted Kitty to have no choice other
Jul 30, 2009 Nisha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a sweet love story and a strong, but real heroine
A beautiful love story about a marriage of convenience with a heroine who is a real women who suffers and fights and has weaknesses unlike all the other typical romance novels. Lydia is a normal woman with an unsatisfactory life living in a family that fails to acknowledge her worth. Sam is the Major back from war, but suffering war injuries and hoping that he can find a lady to marry to cover up some drunken lies from 2 years past to his family.

I enjoyed this story, mostly because of the growi
Ana T.
Jul 19, 2013 Ana T. rated it really liked it
I often mention how Balogh is my favourite regency writer. When I realised I had read most of her back list I went in search of another author who be as satisfying. Although I haven't loved every Carla Kelly I've read I think I can safely say that I always open her books knowing that a good, well written and original story will come out of it. This book has been in my TBR pile for more than three years now so it seemed like the perfect pick for this months challenge - regencies are a classic of ...more
Premise: heroine is the oldest daughter in a dysfunctional provincial family that has come to London to marry off their very beautiful younger daughter. To meet young people of quality, the shrewish mother of the family forces the daughters to go visit a makeshift hospital for wounded veterans of the Napoleonic wars. The younger daughter, who is a twit, conveniently and attractively faints and has to be taken home. But the older daughter stays and begins to assist the wounded. She meets an Army ...more
Another lovely book by Carla Kelly. At this point, I think she will never disappoint me. From the 4 books I've read, I have to say this would be in position nr. 4. That does not mean it was not good though.

Once again, both characters are extremely likeable: Lydia and Major Sam Reed. Lydia lives as Cinderella, having to take care of her beautiful but stupid, younger sister, and her mother abuses her. Gosh, how I hated them. I mean, is not that it is her step-mother, but her mother! She treats Lyd
Jul 30, 2010 Janet rated it really liked it
A lovely Carla Kelly. Horrid mum and sister, they were unforgettable.

Added to say, such a poignant Cinderella story: I defy anyone to read it and not get a lump in their throat. The hero rescues the heroine from a cruel situation -- she has been escaping to help minister to wounded soldiers and that's where they meet. Part road trip, part misunderstanding, this unlikely couple faces formidable medical and financial challenges with elan and courage.
Apr 02, 2010 Brainorgan added it
Shelves: donated
With This Ring (Signet Regency Romance) by Carla Kelly (1997)
Mar 18, 2015 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic Carla Kelly and one I've been wanting to see available on Kindle. Carla writes great stories about important historic events and doesn't hesitate to include gritty details about the realities of war. In yet another book based in part on wounded English soldiers returning from the Napoleonic War with very little to sustain them as they recover, we are acquainted with a few good people who work hard to make things a bit better for the wounded and dying.

Into this mix comes a young woman, Ly
Nov 02, 2013 Everalice rated it really liked it
1815. La guerre qui ravage l'Europe depuis une quinzaine d'année. Elle va se déporter sr la Belgique, où sont appelés désormais les soldats anglais.

Le Commandant Samuel Reed, Lord Laren, fait partie des vétérans durement éprouvés par ses cinq années de service sur la Péninsule ibérique. Il ne compte plus les batailles qu'il a menées aux côtés de ses hommes. La dernière, la bataille de Toulouse, a permis de mettre un terme (provisoire) à cette vie guerrière. Les plus chanceux d'entre eux sont de
May 02, 2016 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, regency
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Book Title: With This Ring
Series: -
Author: Carla Kelly
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Regency/Romance
Number of Pages: 290
Publisher: Smashwords
Date: 25 April – 28 April 2016
Rating: 4.4 Stars

I wonder, sir, will you become mine, or am I the means to an end?

I don’t even know how buying this book happened. One moment I barely had time to read the books I already have and am currently reading, and the next I am two ebooks richer – the other one
M.A. Nichols
This is a book that wasn't consistently good for me. It was almost two separate stories merged together and I found that I liked the first story better than the second. The first half of the book focuses on the heroine and hero meeting. It spends a lot of time establishing their relationship and the characters, and it did a really good job of it. I was expecting a marriage of convenience trope, but it really read more like a regular romance where they end up getting married sooner than they ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something new for me from my favorite author, Carla Kelly: the new & improved, beautiful cover version of “With This Ring” from Camel Press. (I really dislike the old cheesy covers from some of the oldies, so I wait to buy/replace the older versions when they come out. Just a quirk – I like my bookshelves looking good!)

I liked this one! I thought the characters were well developed and the plot kept my attention. I cared about them from chapter 1.

Seemingly washed-up (in her mother’s opinion,
Emilia Barnes
This is a Cinderella story about a badly misused girl, whose family offers no support or love, and a Major recovering from wounds he acquired during the Peninsular War. The Major, due to his need for funds had his friend invent a wife for him and now that he has to return home he fills this position with a girl who has been turned out of her own home. They enter into a marriage of convenience.

There are some historical inaccuracies, the most glaring ones being:

1. Mail coaches were more expensive,
Carla Kelly has the ability to paint heartwarming stories against the very real backdrop of the Napoleonic War. In this story, a girl is coerced into chaperoning her beautiful younger sister in the scheming mother's attempts to get them noticed in good London society. This scheming lands the girl at a temporary army hospital where the wealthy come to gawk and treat the wounded men as exhibits to amuse them. The girl finds herself volunteering to care for an artillery unit and its one remaining ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Y'all know that I love Regency romances, right? Well, now you do. I love them. And one of my favorites is With This Ring.

With This Ring follows Lydia Perkins as she sort of accidentally starts volunteering for a local army hospital, defending the veterans in society, and getting kicked out of the house, and before she knows it, she's agreed to marry Major Sam Reed, who is desperately in need of a wife because he sort of told his aunt he had one. So that happened, and the rest of the book is Lydi
Sep 26, 2016 Patsyann rated it it was amazing
This book is a heroine-driven story.
The book reminded me of THE SURGEON’S LADY – the heroine started out from a dysfunctional situation and changed – did the man in her life change her? Or did the series of events that she found herself in change her? Since the hero in this story was almost a secondary character, I say the she decided to change herself.
The love story began in the first chapter and I just knew that these two would be together!! And the journey was well worth it!! Book should be
This book was amazing!!!!!!!

Seeing the heroine's growth from a shy maiden to a ball buster was so good. The hero hands down was absolutely one of the most charming and witty hero, I've had the pleasure to read from the very beginning to the very end. Ms. Kelly wrote a great read with such wit and feeling that I wish the book wouldn't end. *sighs*

There is a lot I could say about this book but I think I'll let you find out for yourself.

And I Hope you enjoy it too

And as always……Happy Reading!!:)
Cletta M. Liddie-Juip
Enjoyable read

I gave this book five stars because it was very thought provoking in the beginning. I could "smell" the wounded and dying and I could imagine the young bucks and their wagers to be true. Once I laughed out loud and I almost shouted "Good for you!" when our heroine gave her impassioned speech. I almost cried at the "Gifts of the Magi" moment. When I finished at 3 am, I was surprised at how late it was. This is a new author for me and I was very pleased with the book.
Feb 25, 2016 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 23, 2015 Jeri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
Such a sweet story. A marriage of convenience for a brave soldier, injured by Napoleon's soldiers and the older, "ugly" sister of a true beauty. But as we all know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Major Sam Reed has very good eyesight. When he needs a wife in truth to bring home to his estate and his mother and aunt, after having a fictional wife for the past 2 years, he finds Miss Lydia Perkins to be just what the doctor ordered.
Jan 26, 2015 Lynette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I don't think the description of this book does it justice. I didn't even recognize it as the book I just read. I loved Major Reed and Lydia. They are such great characters. I also got a healthy dose of appreciation for our soldiers and the sacrifices they make for us. This book was a little more steamy than other Carla Kelly books I have read, but I loved it and would read it again.
Dec 17, 2015 BonnieL rated it liked it
The first half was wonderful - great story, interesting characters, it kept me riveted. The second half was considerably weaker, the plot became unbelievable and it lost its charm and appeal. This would have been a solid 4 stars had the second half been stronger or the plot resolution less improbable. It's still worth reading just for the first half.
Dec 03, 2015 P. rated it it was ok
Barely. The characters are caricatures: her family vicious, his silly, the hero - well he's been thru war and is wounded but he's alienated, the heroine just a wimp. The plot is very thin and at best unbelievable. Kelly had written several good books, this one isn't one.
Linda Pring
Jan 04, 2015 Linda Pring rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Satisfying read

Every book I have read by Carla Kelly, I have fallen in love with both the main characters. They just touch your heart with their human flaws and strong spirit. This was a wonderful story.
May 31, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Read this book sitting home with a sore throat and sinus headache and nothing could have cheered me more. I laughed out loud several times at the dialog and found it delightfully raucous and crude without being over the top filthy :)
Mar 27, 2015 Christy rated it really liked it
This is one of my fave Carla Kelly novels. Their affection is genuine(even if they don't realize it) and the Major's predicament is hilarious. i'm happy they had all loose ends tied up. i'm happy that Lydia made real choices that were important. and i'm happy the author kept me laughing.
Oct 16, 2015 Crystal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft-copy, 3-star
This was just an okay book. I felt that Lydia was just all over the place with her personality. I didn't know she was shy until the end of the book. Overall it was not a bad read.
Oct 16, 2016 Charlie rated it it was ok
Overall I didn't like this book. As a few of the other reviews have addressed the issues of the characters being caricatures and the plot being too convoluted to believe, I shan't go on about those aspects. What bothered me the most was the inclusion of Maria, their adopted child, in the story. From the moment they get her (apparently they love her instantly - Ok, I can tolerate that much, but) they don't take care of her at all. The give her to strangers! I can't help thinking of the ...more
May 17, 2016 Peyton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical
The Major is searching for a wife after his fun-loving trickster of a lieutenant wrote his family fantastical tales of his married life. Sam's charming and even manipulative manner is fun, but Lydia is the true star of this book. Lydia lives with her horrid family who abuses her emotionally and physically. Her fate starts to change when she follows her vapid sister to a crumbling chapel to visit with wounded soldiers. While her sister uses the opportunity to flirt with the other members of the ...more
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Although Carla Kelly is well known among her readers as a writer of Regency romance, her main interest (and first writing success) is Western American fiction—more specifically, writing about America's Indian Wars. Although she had sold some of her work before, it was not until Carla began work in the National P
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