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Nothing To Commend Her

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  503 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
The Earl of Pensby lost his wife in a fire, one that left him scarred in more ways than one. Hes surly, brooding, and according to half the ton, a monster. Except to Agatha Trumwell, she sees so much more than his scars. But with a pitiful dowry, unfavorable looks, and a tendency to speak her mind, she has nothing to commend her, or so she believes. Can these two lonely ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published by Wild Rose Press (first published February 15th 2010)
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Tammy Walton Grant
This little book started out so promising. I LOVED the title, the Kindle sample hooked me big time (damn you, Amazon) and I bought the book with such high hopes.


Agatha, the homely spinster, meets Magnus, the scarred monster, at a ball when she defends him to a group of socialites and literally runs into him in the hallway. They are taken with each other and before you know it, Lord Leighton has offered for her hand and Agatha accepts.

All good so far, I think.

But then they get married, a
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Agatha feels she is very much on the shelve at 25 years old, she has never had a marriage proposal and feels she never will. However, she has her scientific studies to keep her occupied and her father to care for. This all changes when she comes to the defense of Lord Leighton, known as "The Monster" because of all his scarring he received whilst he unsucessfully tried to save his wife from a fire. A chance encounter with him after she has come, rather valiently, to his defense leads to a ...more
This book had a great deal of promise. Agatha, the heroine, was very engaging - smart, outspoken, compassionate, and interested in science. She wasn't interested in society, fashion, or any of the other pastimes considered proper for young ladies of her class. Magnus, the hero was burned, and terribly scarred, in a fire that destroyed his home. The shallow young women of the ton consider him a monster. That, and his severe disfigurement, have shattered his self confidence. These are all the ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing
Magnus, the Earl to Pensby lost his wife in a fire, and severely injured and scarred himself in the attempt. He knows what others say about him behind his back, and he knows the repulsion people feel towards him. He wants a wife for just namesake. Agatha Trumwell is not the most beautiful woman, a wallflower and very intelligent. She has prepared herself to be a spinster and a scientist. Until, her cousin forces her to attend a ball, where she over hears some women making cruel remarks regarding ...more
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Jan 05, 2014 adelina. rated it it was ok
Just, well boring. I don't know how to describe this book with any other word. Just nah.
Story started very well, but after you get really into the plot it gets boring because the lead character is having so much problems with himself it's not even possible to have issues like that.
Aug 31, 2012 SheLove2Read rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Another reviewer said it perfectly: once they got married the story became a bit of a bore. Very predictable plot and a hero who needed his head examined. 2.25 stars
Aug 14, 2013 Renee rated it really liked it
Shelves: swoon-worthy
The Hero was burned in a fire as he unsuccessfully attempted to rescue his first wife. For three years he has removed himself from Society, first and foremost to heal from his wounds. He had to relearn everything: moving his arms and legs, walking, living. He was emotionally injured by the stares, the whispers, and the innuendo surrounding the fire and his resulting scars. He is weary and wary.

The heroine is considered plain, spinsterish, and a bluestocking scientist. She has firm opinions and e
Jan 09, 2013 Darla rated it really liked it
**POSSIBLE SPOILERS**I really enjoyed this book, it was my first by the author, but it probably will not be my last. I loved the story between Agatha and Magnus, and how they found each other and turned out to be just what the other needed most. I loved Agatha's personality, how she wasnt just another pretty face with nothing more to offer than nice window dressing and not empty thoughts. I also loved how despite the fact that she believed herself unattractive and firmly shelved at 25, that she ...more
Plain, intellectual Agatha wishes she could have both a husband and her fertilizer experiments. But given that no man has ever been interested in her, and she doubts any would let her continue her studies, she's resigned herself to the loveless life of a spinster.

A chance encounter with the horribly scarred Lord Leighton leads to a swift private marriage. Both Agatha and Magnus used up all their courage just getting to the altar--neither has any left to try to bridge the gap between them. Weeks
Historical English poor spinster bluestocking that likes to study fertilizer who is kind and her kindness attracts the lonely and maimed in a fire, Earl of Pensby one night at a society ball when she defends him without knowing that he was present.
Lord Leighton, Magnus is interested in marriage with the kind Agatha Trumwell, but he is also attracted to her. So there is lots of miscommunication between Agatha and Magnus because of fears, inexperience and innocence so that goes on for at least a
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
May 23, 2010 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it really liked it
Agatha knows that she has nothing to commend her in the marriage mart but her cousin Hattie will not give up on finding Agatha a husband. Hattie has Agatha at another of the pointless balls when Agatha overhears some of the young girls calling Lord Leighton a monster because of the burns he suffered while trying to save his wife from a fire in their home. She takes them to task, storms from the room and runs into a large man loosing her glasses. Unable to see she rants about the unfeeling girls ...more
Maggie Hesseling
Oct 31, 2013 Maggie Hesseling rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Two people lfawed in the way they see themselves find not only love but an appreciation for themselves and eachother.

Agatha is a scientist, an unusual woman of her time, not recognized for her intelligence, but rather considered an outsider and unusual.

Magnus, unjured in a fire while trying to save his wife is brutally scarred and dubbed The Monster by society. It takes Agatha's smart brain and gentle heart to look behind the scars and see a good man. One that is kind, generous and very lovely
V.L. Holt
Jan 04, 2014 V.L. Holt rated it really liked it
I was delightfully pulled in to this Regency era romance. Loved the bluestocking heroine, and loved the brooding Beast for the hero.

Author used all the appropriate tools of the genre, and seemed to have great familiarity with the protocols of the day. Regency fans will have nothing to complain about here.

I personally love Regency heroines who buck the conventions of the day, and this lady definitely does that! An accomplished scientist in her own right with no interest in courting or marriage...
Mey Buentipo
Jun 15, 2013 Mey Buentipo rated it really liked it
This is the first book, I read from this author. Well, I got intrigued and surprisingly I finished the book. It is a light read and you can read this book if you just want to pass time. There is nothing new about the story. The hero is scarred and the heroine,a wallflower with surprising wonderful personality.

I liked the how it started and the flow of the story. What bothered me most is why there is so uncertainty on the hero's side. Yes I understand he is having too much second thoughts about t
Aug 07, 2015 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For most of the book I wanted to hit Magnus and Agatha. It was clear to anyone with eyes that they liked each other yet they both believed that the other didn't like them back which put their relationship at a standstill. Luckily Agatha decided she had enough and threatened to leave but Magnus refused to let her and ended up kissing her. Still things weren't progressing too fast after that and someone was also out to get Agatha it seemed. Finally when Magus and Agatha's relationship did start to ...more

Lady Agatha is basically a bluestocking /spinister but also a scientist now at 25 her cousin is always trying to match her with a man. Upon going in !Lady room a bunch of shallow gals make rude remarks about a gentleman of the ton and miss Agatha jumps to his defense.

Upon trying get fresh Lord Magnus bumps I to a beautiful young Lady and helps her find her glasses as those shallow ladies leave the Lady room he finds oiut what this young woman did for him and has decided he wants to wed w
Lisa C.
Aug 30, 2014 Lisa C. rated it it was ok
This was a beauty and the beast type book but the beauty apparently wasn't all that beautiful. The most aggravating part was the back and forth between the main characters, should I tell him this, I should have told her that, I want him to kiss me, I don't dare kiss her, over and over. She thought she was ugly, he kept referring to himself as a monster. We get it.

The mystery part was so poorly done, I wondered if it was a last minute addition to lengthen the story. The main characters weren't ba
Tammy Haley
Aug 11, 2013 Tammy Haley rated it really liked it
As others have said, the misunderstandings between the characters in this short novel have a tendency to grate on ones nerves, however I enjoyed them. The insecurities of Agatha and Magnus combine to make them characters that I fell in love with. Agatha's frankness and vulgarity is refreshing. Instead of a simpering Society Chit, she emerges as a strong, independent woman. Magnus' self-loathing is of course, nothing new in a scarred hero, but watching his wall come down in order to fall in love ...more
Jul 24, 2013 Tory rated it liked it
Shelves: regency, historical
I liked the beginning a lot. Agatha was interesting. She was focused on her science and while she feels lonely she is not willing to deny who she is. Magnus is scarred physically and emotionally. He expects to be rejected and behaves accordingly. He offers for her after 1 meeting, she accepts, and they are quickly married. Then misunderstanding after misunderstanding occurs. I could see Magnus making assumptions and assuming rejection because of his past and scars, but it seemed out of character ...more
Amanda Richardson
Aug 01, 2013 Amanda Richardson rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, I really liked this book. I love the Beauty and the Beast theme and I loved the heroine, Agatha. Loved the hero, Magnus, who had been through so much. Really kept my interest, not too much sex, but you really got to see their relationship develop. There were misunderstandings that could have been cleared up by talking to each other, but for me they felt realistic. This is the first book I have read by Jo Barrett and I can't wait to read others. I couldn't wait to pick it up and start ...more
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were great in their stories and added to the book. The only thing that left me kindof not sure about it was the fact that everyone seemed sooo sweet. Most writers can write with the characters personalities woven in to the story. This time I felt that everybody stood out because of their sweetness. Don't get me wrong, I loved them, but felt that everyone being goody-goody (except villian) didn't help the story. I like the beauty and beast stories so ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A beginning, a middle, and end
Why this young woman decides to take on the defense of a particular man is not clear. The drivers of young women frequently aren't. The end result is interesting. What begins as a clear-cut romance then swivels just a bit, to include a suspense angle. And then an impromptu garden party, a surprise guest, and, finally, the exposure of the person attempting to kill the heroine.
There are slow spots, and places where the book is very predictable. Nonetheless, it is a b
Jo Notary
Feb 15, 2016 Jo Notary marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelfari-regency
248p The Earl of Pensby lost his wife in a fire, one that left him scarred in more ways than one. He 19s surly, brooding, and according to half the ton, a monster. Except to Agatha Trumwell, she sees so much more than his scars. But with a pitiful dowry, unfavorable looks, and a tendency to speak her mind, she has nothing to commend her, or so she believes.
Can these two lonely souls find love amid the gossiping beau monde while someone plots to tear their fragile world apart?
Oct 11, 2015 Mare_Leo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sweet readers with cravings for sweet characters
Shelves: damn-fine-books
This was such a good book with amazing lead characters. I loved the authentic feel of historical surroundings that comes with realistic and quality writing. Reading the story felt like sitting outside on a warm, sunny day and simply enjoying its rays. So come and lull yourself into this incredible world of romance, kisses and joyful tears.
May 12, 2012 Jage rated it liked it
This was a cute story that would've worked better if the characters had spoken to each other. I wouldn't have minded the misunderstandings if they weren't so easily dealt with. I like insecurities in characters and flaws, but this got to be too much at times.

On the other hand, I like the voice and the concept, I just wish that it didn't get so sweet at the end with the subplot.
Aug 18, 2013 Highland-dreamer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 02, 2015 Charlie rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book so much!

The plot and characters were fair (there were no high expectations to begin with). What spoilt the book was the lack of research and historical integrity.

Add to that the spelling mistakes and misuse of phrases (one CANNOT "slam a door ajar"!) and you have a very poorly written novel.
Jul 06, 2016 Casey rated it really liked it
This was my first book by this author and I am very pleased. Fun, quick story. The mystery, as others have said, was obvious. But, I didn't pick up this novel for the mystery plot so I wasn't disappointed like some. Also, some of the actions in the book are pretty far fetched, but again this didn't hinder my enjoyment of the story.
Aug 24, 2013 TJ rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this story with the unconventional Agatha. A lady that is actually a scientist and very interested in dirt. I really liked her and her scientist friend. Refreshing not to have swooning damsels that are too timid to order food for themselves....good read
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