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One Good Turn (Benedict Nesbitt #2)

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Benedict Nesbitt, the Seventh Duke of Knaresborough, has resigned himself to a life of solitude. The woman he'd loved for years just married one of his best friends. And so, in the noble tradition of resignation, he is heading back home to look after his niece and work on his stiff upper lip...

But on the way he agrees to give a ride to a poor Spanish woman and her child. A
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Signet
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Traditional Regency
33rd out of 491 books — 234 voters
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Dec 05, 2015 Wollstonecrafthomegirl rated it really liked it
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Apr 05, 2015 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Lovely book. This is what I expected but did not get from Reforming Lord Ragsdale based on reviews from that book.

This book also concerns the redemption of a man whose character is perhaps not all it should be. You could really see Benedict attempting to make himself a better man. Others around him knew he wasn't as bad as he thought himself to be although he did need the redemption. The book was told almost entirely in the POV of the hero and it was wonderfully well done.

There was pathos here
May 08, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
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

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
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
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Mar 04, 2013 Laura (Kyahgirl) rated it really liked it
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
Sep 26, 2016 Patsyann rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 20, 2014 H2bourne rated it really liked it
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
Nov 17, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 30, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
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
This is a sequal to Libby's London Merchant and you really should read that first in order to fully appreciate Nesbitt. I did not like him in Libby's story and as a matter of fact, I didn't like that book nearly as much as I did this one. Nesbitt definitely redeems himself here.

This was not a traditional romance. It is remarkably dark and while it's evident what happened to Liria during the war, when she finally tells the specifics of her story, it is deeply moving and disturbing.

I think that on
Sep 18, 2014 Patti rated it liked it
“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
May 20, 2016 Sommertime rated it liked it
Shelves: library-loan
Oops! I should have read book 1 first.

I love Carla Kelly's writing and her ability to draw me into a story. These characters were amazing. I love that Ms Kelly made the competing love interest a nice and kind woman. No need for her to be portrayed as a witch. Even the secondary characters were people of depth that I cared about.

Nez starts out as a selfish, inconsiderate jerk. But we see him grow as a man. He is a work in progress. Liria is not what she seems and as I learned more about her heart
Sandra Williams
Nov 29, 2015 Sandra Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

Well before I read this book and after I read "Mrs Drew plays her hand ".... I thought Wow...that's in the top five... of all the books I have read. I don't say that lightly. I have at least 2500 books on my Kindle and read probably 5 or 10 a week. I have to delete them off frequently to keep it at 2500... I am not bragging. That's how much I liked this book. Ms. Kelly, I bow to the way you effortlessly give your heroes such a mixture of humaness and grace. This book will stay with me
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
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
Mar 12, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 28, 2015 Diana rated it it was amazing
The cover made me laugh, the story made me sad. This is why I love well-researched historical fiction. I learned so much about the Napoleonic wars and didn't even realize it. Throw in some great dialogue and believable character development plus some light-hearted moments and I am happy happy happy.
Marianne Z
I enjoyed this as a sequel to Libby's London Merchant. As I was on Team Benedict. I loved the Benedict character and the addition of the heroine different than Carla Kelly's english heroines. I love her research on war, unexpected characters meeting, worlds that seem to collide and heroes that are true heroes.

Although this might be marked as a clean book by some, I would caution that because of the war storyline there is a scene in which rape is handled. Because I have a daughter I think in ter
Aug 31, 2014 Elen rated it it was amazing
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
Paula Bothwell
Feb 23, 2016 Paula Bothwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
I adore a good story of redemption and forgiveness. I read this after Book 1: Libby's London Merchant. The heroine is so strong and principled. Totally clean story, but there is a terrible and very disturbing description of a wartime event.
Jan 02, 2016 Michele rated it it was amazing
Carla Kelly is at her best in this novel. The characters are finely drawn and true. The story is exquisite. Ms Kelly never lost the thread of the story weaving a delicate picture of love and survival.
Jan 13, 2016 BK rated it liked it
While I found this book to be interesting, I never really got into it like other books that I have enjoyed. I found myself skimming many parts.
Jul 29, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 2014
I enjoyed it so much. He saw her in the rain and the rest was history. Both characters are very well written.
May 08, 2013 Olivia rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook
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
Sep 03, 2016 Marya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite four stars - not as good as "Libby's London Merchant"
Theresa Engkilterra
Aug 05, 2014 Theresa Engkilterra rated it it was amazing
Keely writes so you feel the emotions that her characters feel
Aug 10, 2013 Emmeline rated it it was ok
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
Nov 24, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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
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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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