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Falsely branded an adulteress and separated from her child by her vengeful late husband, Lady Olivia Farquhar unexpectedly discovers a deep and mutual love for her son's guardian, Max Atherton. But happiness with Max can never be possible when Olivia is blackmailed into a union with her late husband's religious confessor. Unaware of the sinister motives behind the ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 31st 2010 by Robert Hale (first published June 30th 2009)
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Beverley Eikli
Jun 19, 2010 Beverley Eikli rated it it was amazing
This is what Danielle from CoffeeTime Romance had to say about my second book, Lady Farquhar's Butterfly:

“I thought the revelations and struggles Olivia goes through to rediscover her independence was written wonderfully. It makes you as the reader relate to her suffering, pain, and growth as you see her go from a shell of a woman to someone who should be proud of all she has survived. Ms. Eikli tells a story that shows a woman who is absolutely controlled and manipulated by all those around her
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Sue
Jun 21, 2010 Sue rated it liked it
Light historical fiction with a somewhat shaky underlying premise. Rather too much author comment in the early chapters, and descriptions of the characters' thoughts without showing why they felt that way. But it got going around half-way through, and I did warm to the main character, Olivia, despite finding her a bit irritating at times. Max, the hero, is warm and likeable, and there's a rather delightfully ghastly controlling and santimonious clergyman.

Not Georgette Heyer, but readable enough
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Nada Baydoun
Aug 11, 2014 Nada Baydoun rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A Bad Read

A Bad Read

A bad read.Not written well at all.How can the author expect us to believe that a husband in those times would subjecate his wife to such acts in public and that she will still be accepted in public society? Aldo too many things in the plot don't add up at all.






Jet
Jun 23, 2012 Jet rated it it was amazing
I think LFB is a great book, providing a laugh as well as tension, tears and nail biting. BUT some parts make me a little bit angry at the characters, for instance the kicking of Molly was a bit startling as I've read of it in a number of books, always resulting in a tragic circumstance, brain damage or death. But overall It's great and I rate it 4 1/2 stars in total.
Louise Forster
Feb 06, 2013 Louise Forster rated it it was amazing
Historical romances are not my preferred genre, having said that, Lady Farquhar's Butterfly was a page turner. I needed to know who and why they were planning the evil conspiracies against her. Olivia's struggle through a male dominated world where intrigue and plots against her abound is well written, with smooth narrative and dialogue appropriate for the times.
An enjoyable read.
Faie Bell
Jan 12, 2013 Faie Bell rated it it was amazing
Another edge of your seat ride with my favourite Regency Romance Writer, Beverley Eikli. Lady Olivia Farquahar has a fragility that makes her a compelling character while still finding the trademark Eikli stregnth and determination as the plot progresses. Her 'dark past' is a wonderful element, giving her character depth and a struggle that seems insurmountable.

The hero, Max Atherton, is a man of deep kindness and caring, just what Olivia needs. But the machinations of Regency England look likel
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Alison
May 19, 2015 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started off well but became so gothic and such melodrama, I became a little tired of it by the end. It's still a pretty good read.

Minor irritations were the family title of Lord (Viscount) Farquhar, which was unwieldy, and since the book was unclear in its place setting the supposed links to Scotland did not work. My kindle version also had a number of typos, hopefully this has now been corrected.
Sabrina
Dec 03, 2014 Sabrina rated it did not like it
Way too much drama. The circumstances the characters found themselves in was extensive and unbelievable. Had it been toned down quite a bit I would have enjoyed it, but towards the end I found myself skimming - never a good sign.

Anyone or two of these story-lines would have intrigued me - all together, chaotic.
Kdk929
Oct 12, 2015 Kdk929 rated it really liked it
Interesting perspective on the deplorable activities found even in Regency Era. Difficult read of the humiliation experienced by Olivia at the hand of several men.
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Since my earliest memories of growing up in Mokhotlong, ‘the British Empire’s remotest Outpost’ in the African mountainous kingdom of Lesotho, I’ve loved adventure.

After Independence I emigrated with my family to Adelaide, Australia, where I did my schooling before getting a job as a journalist, writing fiction in the evenings and features for newspapers and magazines during the day.

In my twenties
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