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A Lady Of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty #1)

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Born into affluence, Mia Stanley is a winsome socialite with a knack for matchmaking. She's also a writer for Godey's Lady's Book magazine, much to the disdain of her family—and their society friends. A proper young lady of her social standing isn't meant to labor in such a way, but Mia has always had a way with words...

When her writing draws her into the world of downtrod

459 pages
Published 2007 by Bethany House
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Mar 28, 2016 Deanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I really had trouble making a connection with the characters in this book. The story was stiff and the wording very formal. It was not the type of book you could relax and read. The premise of the story was good but I do wish it had been presented in a more relaxed atmosphere!
Nov 17, 2010 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My first thought when it was done was "thank goodness." This was just boring, cardboard.

Stereotypical headstrong young woman who fights against the constraints of society. But then, she's not even relateable because I got so sick and tired of her reckless, stupid decisions. There's fighting against society and then there's just being impetuous and foolish. Despite the fact that Mia is told that other people are helping her and that it is unsafe to hand things herself (what does she intend to do
A lady of High Regard takes place in 1852 Philadelphia, it deals with areas that a lady of higher standing shouldn't be sticking her nose into. Because after all it isn't proper for women to get involved in such matters of oppression and poverty. She is to be home having tea parties with her friends and gossiping about the latest fashions from Paris.

Mai lives a comfortable life, and hadn't realized that in her own town just a few blocks from her home down on the docks, people are living in pove
Feb 09, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Formulaic and dull. While I wasn't exactly expecting to be blown away when I picked up this book, I thought it might at least be a fun, entertaining love story. Instead, the sheer metric ton of contrived misunderstandings between the two protagonists when it came time to declare their love made this virtually unreadable. And when the book wasn't focused on the two main characters twisting themselves in knots over whether or not the other one loved them, it read more like a Bible study than anyth ...more
At the time that I listened to this audio book, the only other Christian romance author I knew was Lori Wick. Even though this book was based in the same time period, there was definitely a different tone as Peterson's characters are based in a city and high society rather than on the prairie. This meant that the characters had more to do than just eat and go to church :-). If you don't like the in-your-face devotional nature of a Wick book, then you may want to try Peterson. The characters in t ...more

Enjoyable read. I liked Mia and how she fought for what she believed in. I also liked how she owned up to her mistakes.
Mar 29, 2010 Jtreed06 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved how clean this book was. Its always a risk to check a book out from the library without a recommendation from someone you trust. This one caught my attention so I gave it a try. I really enjoyed it. The author is obviously religious and talks about the importance of prayer. There were no language issues or questionable scenes. It was set in Philadelphia during the 1800's. The story reminded me of a Jane Austen plot but was not near the caliber as Jane Austen novels. Still I enjoyed it an ...more
Feb 25, 2008 Cara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I get that it's historical/period piece, but the dialog was just so... unnatural and overly formal (like awkward, not necessarily the proper-formal required for a historical piece) - and I found myself getting frustrated with the characters. ugh. Yet I had to finish it. Some of it felt like God was randomly thrown in there, or the faith questions & prayers not really genuine -- though there was one particular scene that was well done, faith-wise, I felt. But just one.
Oct 03, 2015 Samanta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh Mia, Mia...such a big heart you have that it often defies common sense, but I can relate so I can't judge. :)

Mia Stanley is a memeber of Philadelphia's high society of 1850's. She is also an avid social activist who often discards her own safety in order to help those in need. Thank God (who is, by the way, mentioned alot throughout the book) she has her long-time best friend (or maybe even something more) Garrett to think of her safety for her.

Mia and Garrett reminded me alot of Emma and Mr
Jun 16, 2012 Tania rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
I debated between giving this book one and two stars. Heck, I'm still debating. I admit that I nearly put A Lady of High Regard down when I found out it is designated as Christian romance, because I often find the characters In Christian fiction boringly perfect and annoyingly self righteous. I continued, however, because the heroine at least seemed to have some spunk. Sadly, as I fought my way through the chapters, it proved that while Mia had spirit, the author only let her use it to get hers ...more
I liked it ok. The romance was very Emma/Mr. Knightly-esque: girl and guy have known each other forever, he's 8 years older and friends with her father, he's super successful and acts as her moral soundboard, he's very handsome and is finally looking to take a wife, she's young and beautiful, adored by her family, loves playing matchmaker amongst her friends - I mean seriously, is any of this sounding familiar? Set in Philadelphia during the 1850s, it really was a nice setting for a novel. My on ...more
Jun 29, 2013 Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very predictable. The most interesting story line followed the poor sea men's wives, but unfortunately the book focused on Miss Prim and Proper Mia Stanley. Very boring. Too much time was spent detailing her lavish life of society. It would have been much more interesting had it focused on those actually suffering. The life of a woman trying to survive a low-paying dangerous factory job while caring for her many children and having to deal with horrifying corruption sounds far more intriguing th ...more
This was a good book. It was a typical story line where the hero and heroine love each other and don't realize it until it's almost too late. They are both trying to "protect" each other. during this read, I realized why I was so frustrated with dating as a single person. All of the "games" and conventions that was are taught we "need" to observe as we "court". Blech. What it does is drive a wedge and you are destined to never understand each other. Tell your "other" what you feel. Be respectful ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Raye rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook of this Christian romance and I was infuriated by both the writing, and to a lesser degree, the audiobook reader. The book itself starred a heroine who repeatedly made stupid choices and had to be rescued by the men in her life, which made me feel this book must have been written decades ago, but, no, it was published in 2007. Next, the men in her life (her father and the love interest) continually patronized her and talked down to her in the name of "looking out for ...more
Katie Foth
I stopped reading this book multiple times before finishing because I'd had all I could take at the moment. I did push through; some parts are engaging. Many of the situations seem contrived, and I was put off by Mia's stupidity, which was apparently necessary to move the plot forward. Several things rubbed me the wrong way, such as Mia's total abandonment of Mercy's children the minute her parents arrived home, also the fact that Mia never has to make choices between pursuing justice for the se ...more
Cathy Daniel
I'm so torn on this book. While I was annoyed more than once over Mia's idiotic tendencies and ninny ways, I do see that she meant well and had a good heart. I liked the ending. The writing is wonderful as always but I agree with some of the other reviews. Garrett being interrupted from confessing his love multiple times got old. Once or twice, ok. But six times or more?! Just annoying. Overall, I enjoyed this book though I was tempted to put it down more than once .
Mandy Spigle
Dec 17, 2010 Mandy Spigle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite authors and this series doesn't disappoint - especially since my mom was able to snag the author's signature on each one! Aside from the autograph, Tracie depicts a whole time-line of characters through the books to teach lessons from life. Her sense of what a woman needs to hear about trusting God and being a virtuous lady is uncanny and she delivers in a completely unpretentious way. I highly recommend.
May 11, 2011 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read. Fun story line that is very similar to Jane Austen's book Emma. If you enjoy romance based on a solid friendship this is a great read for you. Loved the determination of the main character. It was easy to relate to her.
Rachel Brand
It took me quite a while to actually get interested in this story, so much so that I almost gave up on it. I kept going as some of my friends had really enjoyed this book, and while I didn't like it as much as them, it wasn't a complete waste of my time.

I liked the premise of the story--upper class woman uses her skills and position to bring light to the injustices facing the families of sailors--but there were several things about the story that frustrated me too much for me to completely enjo
SUMMARY: Born into affluence, Mia Stanley is a winsome socialite with a knack for matchmaking. She's also a writer for Godey's Lady's Book magazine, much to the disdain of her family--and their society friends. A proper young lady of her social standing isn't meant to labor in such a way, but Mia has always had a way with words...

When her writing draws her into the world of downtrodden seamen's wives on Philadelphia's docks, Mia uncovers a scheme that puts her in harm's way. But her heart ends u
I thought A Lady of High Regard by Tracie Peterson was an enjoyable read. Mia Stanley is unlike other girls her age as she has little desire to marry and does what she can to play matchmaker to her friends and fellow socialites. Against her family's desires she works for Godey's Lady's Book magazine. While there, she finds herself involved in the plight of seamen's wives who are mistreated when their husbands are away at sea.

Mia seems to always get herself in a sticky situation and, by doing so,
Tamara Tilley
Jan 23, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tracie-peterson, own
A LADY OF HIGH REGARD follows Mia Stanley, the daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia family. Set in a time when social classes did not cross lines, Mia finds herself on a mission to help woman that are less fortunate than her, many who are seaman’s wives being abused in their husband’s absence . When she finds out these women are being forced to pay higher rents and bogus debits, she does some investigating. When Garrett, the boy next door and her lifelong friend sees her sneaking out of the house ...more
Nov 04, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college
If Jane Austen's Emma had taken place just before the Civil War, it might have looked something like this. In fact, most of the plot is straight-out-Emma, from the "older" love interest to the match making heroine to the "romantic conflict" of misunderstandings and mistaken engagments.
Mia Stanley, our heroine extraordinaire, was actually not that bad. Annoying, yes. Perfect? No, she is to obnoxious. And by that I mean this young lady, who is SO beautiful and unconscioiusly attractive and appeal
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
This novel gives an interesting glimpse into the different opinions held by 19th century society for working women, at a time when most people weren't sure if they should applaud or shun the idea.

I do have to admit that it took a few chapters for me to get used to the style of dialogue that is used. I don't know if this is actually how people in the 19th century talked or not, but it's quite formal compared to what our modern conversations generally are. However, after a few chapters I found I h
Betsy VanSweden
Tracie Peterson tells a story that we have all previously been introduced to via Jane Austen's Emma. In A Lady of High Regard we meet Mia, the daughter of a very wealthy father with a family that loves her and great friends to be around, she is a writer, to the dismay of her family, and covets this fact beyond all other things, even her handsome wealthy neighbor who is obviously very fond of her, (Mr. Knightly anyone?). The only redeeming quality of this story was, in my opinion, the conviction ...more
May 20, 2012 Terri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this novel to be ok reading for a day when my allergies were giving me fits and there was nothing on television. However, I found the plot to be superficial and predictable--of course, many romances fall into that category. I suppose what bothered me most in this example of "Christian" fiction was the moral character of the protagonist. I really wanted to like and admire her--her concern for those less fortunate and her kindness to the young women of her own social class who were being b ...more
Jul 15, 2010 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone wanting romance with some suspense as well as woman's rights thrown in
Recommended to Margaret by: Amy Kittel
Mia Stanley is a lady of high regard living in late nineteenth century Pennsylvania fighting for the rights of women and children beyond what her social status believes is appropriate. Tracie Peterson has done it again in my opinion. I must admit that I was not crazy for this book and it's characters as I have been for some of Tracie's stories, but I did enjoy it and will recommend it and perhaps read it again. Mia has a very Emma-like quality about her. She wants to put everyone into a matchmad ...more
Rebecca Young
Mar 26, 2016 Rebecca Young rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rebecca by: Heather Rodriguez
This is a Christian novel that takes place in Philadelphia in the mid-1850s, and deals with the issue of crimes against women and children whose husbands were sea-faring. Of course, there is a love story of the wealthy that is intertwined with the drama at the poverty-stricken port communities. You quickly fall in love with the heroine and find yourself rooting for her as she takes on an issue that is bigger than her but becomes dear to her heart. This is a quick and easy read.
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
A fun little historical read mixed with some romance and suspense. Mia Stanley is a wealthy young socialite in 19th century Philadelphia. She works for Godey's Lady's Book magazine, much to the chagrin of her proper parents. Mia's talent for matchmaking has brought her friends husbands, but none for herself.

Unsatisfied with simply writing about fashion, Mia's interests draw her into the world of the poor, downtrodden seamen's wives on the Philadelphia docks. Women who are terrorized and abused
Feb 14, 2015 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is s very good book that I enjoyed reading. Mia is the main character and is a young single woman of the privileged society of Philadelphia in the late 1800's. Her best friend is the young man she grew up living next door to, Garret. He's several years older and has always been like an older brother. Mia breaks the rules of society and takes a job writing about social issues of the day. The more she learns about the plight of the seaman's wives situation the more involved she gets, even to ...more
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Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison
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